Re: Everything is Just a Memory

From: Fritz Griffith <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 19:20:17 MST

I'd like to hear just one good reason why you are dismissing these ideas.
You seem to have a lot of ignorance towards solipsism (whatever exactly that
is), yet you don't give any reasons why. As best as I can understand, you
think my ideas are crossing too far into philosophical territory, where
nothing gets accomplished. This often happens when too many assumptions are
made. I took the opposite approach, however; I made no assumptions, and
used logic and reasoning to draw my conclusions. Please point out just
where this theory goes wrong.

>From: Russell Standish <>
>To: (Fritz Griffith)
>Subject: Re: Everything is Just a Memory
>Date: Fri, 14 Jan 100 12:18:57 +1100 (EST)
>Fritz wrote:
> >
> > I have spent some time thinking about conciousness and how it relates to
> > time, and here are my thoughts:
> >
> > I agree with most of what GSLevy said. However, what is it that links
> > observer moments? The answer: memory. The *only* reason you even have
> > perception of other observer moments is because you remember them within
> > another observer moment. In fact, when you are experiencing one
> > moment, it is not necessary for any previous observer moments to exist
> > have existed) at all, because they are still perceived in exactly the
> > way within the current observer moment regardless.
>And more stuff in the same vein - deleted for brevity.
>This argument is not too different from solipsism. The basic arguments
>against solipsism - eg David Deutsch's exposition in FOR apply here. I
>have criticised Jaques in the past when he has ventured in this
>territory. Fine - believe that if you will. However, you'll just end
>up having discussions with yourself about God, or the number of angels
>that can dance on the head of pin. The rest of us will go our merry
>way, and talk about interesting stuff.
> Cheers
>Dr. Russell Standish Director
>High Performance Computing Support Unit,
>University of NSW Phone 9385 6967
>Sydney 2052 Fax 9385 6965
>Room 2075, Red Centre

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