# RE: this very moment

From: Jacques Mallah <jackmallah.domain.name.hidden>
Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 18:43:38 -0700 (PDT)

--- Higgo James <james.higgo.domain.name.hidden> wrote:
> What you have written is in perfect agreement with
> what I have been trying to say.

James, I guess this ends our alliance :(

> > From: Fritz Griffith
> > Basically, I realized that if we accept that
> > everything exists already, then why the hell do we
> > need to bring up probability?

To get retrodictions.

> > probability (1st person), but rather that we
> > experience everything (3rd person only),

I never understood the 1st/3rd person crap, so I
don't know what you mean. But I know this: effective
probabilities are important, and they have absolutely
nothing to do with the crap known as "1st person
probabilities".

> > is that we experience each and every universe,
> > guaranteed, but each one feels like it is the only
> > one. So we'll see things make sense (100%
> > guaranteed), and we'll see things not make sense
> > (100% guaranteed), and each of these experiences
> > will include the lack of knowledge of the other.

You seem to be saying, in effect, that there is
only one person that has all experiences. It sounds
like a useless definition.

> > In short, every thought exists, so why should I be
> > surprised to be having this thought? (as you would
> > say it).

You should only be surprised if your thought has
characteristics that have an unusually low effective
probability.
(Examples: you think of a long bit string, x,
which you obtained randomly. It looks random, so
while x has a low probability, you're not surprised.
If, however, you see the first 100 digits of pi
and you know you obtained them randomly, it's time to
be surprised - and suspicious of your random number
generator. This is a white rabbit.)

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Physicist / Many Worlder / Devil's Advocate
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Received on Wed May 10 2000 - 18:45:44 PDT

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