Re: Why physical laws

From: Wei Dai <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 11:16:09 -0700

On Fri, Jun 11, 1999 at 05:35:28PM +0200, Gilles HENRI wrote:
> James, here you assume that the conscious process derives from physical
> laws, exactly what I support. In the "everything computable exists",
> nothing prevents to generate Universes where conscious structures do exist,
> but don't have a proper representation of their environment (which may not
> exist at all..). That's just like producing fake images with computers.
> What I fear is that these universes would be much more numerous than those
> where conscious structures have
> this proper representation, just as if you generate all possible images,
> you will get
> 1) mostly non-interpretable images
> 2) interpretable images not corresponding to realistic situations (flying
> elephants and so on...)
> 3) images corresponding to realistic situations.
> with of course n(1)>>n(2)>>n(3)
> But nature produces only type (3) images...

I thought this problem has already been solved. Did you miss all the
earlier threads about algorithmic complexity and how the measure of
conscious experiences that are "realistic" would be higher than the measure
of experiences that are not "realistic" because they (the former) would be
produced by shorter programs.
Received on Fri Jun 11 1999 - 11:28:32 PDT

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