Re: Evidence for the simulation argument

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2007 09:27:53 +1100

On 3/6/07, Mark Peaty <> wrote:

> A human life must be a compilation of all these including the creation
> of internal [synaptic change, etc] structure/record which endow the
> ability to *be* the story. But when looking at this as a/n
> [infinity^infinity] Many Worlds affair, none of the worlds could 'know'
> that they are like or identical to others, surely? So I am puzzled. What
> holds 'my lot' together? We seem always to be confronted by yet another
> infinite regression.

How do you know that you are the same person from moment to moment in
ordinary life? The physical processes in your brain create psychological
continuity; that is, you know you are the same person today as yesterday
because you have the same sense of personal identity, the same memories,
woke up in the same environment, and so on. It is necessary and sufficient
for survival that these psychological factors are generated, but it doesn't
matter how this is achieved. If you suddenly die today and are miraculously
recreated inside the event horizon of a black hole, no-one will ever be able
to find you again but you will be able to find yourself.

Stathis Papaioannou

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