Re: minimal theory of consciousness

From: Wei Dai <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 1999 14:05:02 -0700

On Sun, Jul 18, 1999 at 02:35:03PM -0400, Jacques M Mallah wrote:
> On Fri, 16 Jul 1999 wrote:
> > I can then apply your formula, letting x vary over all universes in U,
> > computing sum over x of P(x)Q(x). I don't fully understand the meaning
> > of the result, "the probability that I feel the way I do", but I wonder
> > if this would be a valid alternative way of getting to it.
> That makes NO sense. If you say all 'universes' exist, that's the
> same as saying one big universe exists. And if two copies of the same
> computation give you twice the measure when they are in different
> 'subuniverses', there's no reason that shouldn't be true in general.

I agree with Jacques Mallah here. Even if you could somehow distinguish
between subuniverses (between which measures add up) and regions of
subuniverse, there would be a subuniverse with high measure (e.g. the
counting universe) that contains a copy of every other subuniverse as a
region and it would dominate in your computation, leaving you with
senseless results.
Received on Mon Jul 19 1999 - 14:08:04 PDT

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