Re: Worlds do fuse

From: Gilles HENRI <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 13:58:56 +0200

>Question remaining is the problem of identity fusing. How is this done?
>Identical minds are actually identical consciousness? By how much should a
>mind be different to generate a new consciousness? Is consciousness discrete
>or is it a continuum such that we share the same continuum?

I think that it is indeed the most difficult point in MWI. In fact there
are not many worlds. There is a single, huge Universe containing many
apparent classical worlds. But what defines the "borders" of a classical
world? An apparent world is profoundly linked to the consciousness we have
from it, so this question is quite the same as George's one : what defines
a conscious state?
 We could think of some set of projectors defining "quasi -classical"
states and think that the consciousness must be attached to some peculiar
classical states, but defining properly what is a quasi-classical state is
itself very difficult. It can only be defined "grossly speaking", so we
must admit that our own state is not precisely defined...I wonder if the
"pure computation" hypothesis would answer this problem, since it has also
to define which computations would correspond to a given conscious state
(and more generraly to any given quasi-classical world).

This is also strongly linked to the question of past and future, since
these notions make sense only for quasi classical states. Strictly
speaking, the number of past AND future states is infinite, because there
is a non zero probability of evolving from any quasi-classical
configurations to any other one. However, very tiny probabilities (i.e.
between very different macroscopic states) correspond also to apparently
temporally non-connected worlds. So if we restrict to temporally connected
worlds (by definition states for which the transition probability
calculated by QM is O(1))

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