From: Jacques Mallah <jackmallah.domain.name.hidden>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 15:20:21 -0700 (PDT)

--- Higgo James <james.higgo.domain.name.hidden> wrote:
> Jacques, you are a dualist too! You maintain that
> there is some substrate which generates the OMs.
> What is the basis for this assertion?

    I'm not a dualist, because I think that OMs are
just a property of some mathematical structures.
    For example (not too exact of an analogy),
containing the segment '101010101010' could be a
property of a bitstring, and it could happen multiple
    In the case of observers, implementing a conscious
computation (OM) can be a property of the substrate,
and this property I consider automatically present if
the math is right without needing psychophysical laws.
 I thus reduce consciousness to math.
    Anyway, that's my view. Call it what you must but
don't confuse it with what most people mean by
    As for the basis for believing in mathematical
structures other than OMs, I would point out Occam's
razor (it's simpler for everything to exist than just
for OMs to exist) and the need for a substrate to
solve the WR problem.

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               Jacques Mallah (jackmallah.domain.name.hidden)
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Received on Wed May 17 2000 - 19:26:32 PDT

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