Re: Are we simulated by some massive computer?

From: Jesse Mazer <>
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2004 12:19:35 -0400

Saibal Mitra wrote:
>This is the ''white rabbit'' problem which was discussed on
>this list a few
>years ago. This can be solved by assuming that there exists
>a measure over
>the set of al universes, favoring simpler ones.
>Also, note that there is no such thing as ''next possible''
>states. Once you
>consider the whole of Platonia all you have is a
>probability distribution
>over the set of all possible states you can be in (because
>you can't define
>time in a normal way anymore). There is no conditional
>probability for your
>next experience given what you have experienced now. A
>valid question is:
>What is the probability that you will be in a state P that
>contains the
>memory that you have been in a state P'.

It's not necessarily true that the all-universe idea rules out conditional
probabilities for experiences. If you had a mathematical theory of
consciousness, it might very well define a notion of subjective time and
give you something like "transition probabilities" between
observer-moments--the probability that my next experience will be B, given
that my current experience is A.


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