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From: Charles Goodwin <cgoodwin.domain.name.hidden>

Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2001 10:28:10 +1200

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*> From: Jesse Mazer [mailto:lasermazer.domain.name.hidden]
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*> Well, I hope you'd agree that which observer-moment I am
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*> right now is not a
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*> "matter of definition," but a matter of fact. My opinion is
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*> that the global
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*> measure on all observer-moments is not telling us something
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*> like the "number
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*> of physical instantiations" of each one, but rather the
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*> probability of
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*> *being* one particular observer-moment vs. some other one. I would be
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*> interested to hear what you think the measure means, though, since my
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*> version seems to require first-person facts which are separate from
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*> third-person facts (i.e., which observer-moment *I* am).
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I don't see how you can talk about the "probability of being a particular observer moment". The probability is 1 at that moment! We

don't get dropped into observer moments from some metaphysical realm (like Fred Hoyle's flashlight-and-pigeonholes analogy in

"October the 1st is too late") - we ARE those observer moments. It's a bit like the probability of me being born as me. The

probability was 1, because otherwise I wouldn't be me! Similarly for this particular observer moment.

Charles

Received on Wed Sep 05 2001 - 15:37:38 PDT

Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2001 10:28:10 +1200

I don't see how you can talk about the "probability of being a particular observer moment". The probability is 1 at that moment! We

don't get dropped into observer moments from some metaphysical realm (like Fred Hoyle's flashlight-and-pigeonholes analogy in

"October the 1st is too late") - we ARE those observer moments. It's a bit like the probability of me being born as me. The

probability was 1, because otherwise I wouldn't be me! Similarly for this particular observer moment.

Charles

Received on Wed Sep 05 2001 - 15:37:38 PDT

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