Re: Are we simulated by some massive computer?

From: Stephen Paul King <>
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 13:44:05 -0400

Dear Bruno,

    We are getting more coherent and on point in our understanding of each
other. ;-) Interleaving.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruno Marchal" <>
To: "Stephen Paul King" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2004 9:09 AM
Subject: Re: Are we simulated by some massive computer?

> Hi Stephen,
> At 12:15 28/04/04 -0400, Stephen Paul King wrote:
> > I struggle to find the right words to express the difficulty that I
> >My problem is that your work ignores the computational complexity
> >(NP-Completeness) of grading (defining measures) the relationships.
> This is due to the fact that from a first person point of view any delay
> will not been perceived. I do not pretend that complexity should always
> been ignored, but to introduce it at the start would be ad hoc.


    But there is no such thing as a delay in Platonia, but that is not my
point. I am trying to see how you deal with the problem of intractible
computations - as implementable given infinite resources - and how it may be
possible for measures to be defined using them. I had not considered this
application but it is intriguing. You touch on this below.

> If complexity
> play a role it must be derived along with the measure on the comp


    Yes, but is this derivation on that can be taken to exist independent of
the first person aspect of comp histories?

    This may be one of my key difficulties. On one hand, I do not have a
problem with the idea of Platonic existence, re AR, of mathematical objects
but I do have a problem with the seeming lack of a clear explanation of how
the "flow of temporality " arises in the first person aspect.

    It seems to me that what ever our theory of Everything is, it must
explain how it is not just possible to have a "flow of temporality" a
priori; it must have a non-measure zero sampling in the class of all
possible relationships between numbers - or whatever notion of Ur-object
that one uses.

    I personaly eschew the notion of fundamental "objects" and use the
Heraclitian notion of Process and fundamental, thus I see mathematical
objects - numbers, etc. - as derivative of this notion of Process. I see
Hintikka's idea of proofs as game theoretical constructs as strongly hinting
at this idea...

> In "Conscience & Mecanisme" I do make a case that Bennett notion of
> depth could play a role in order to derive the "cosmological" aspect of
> physics. Even prior a-la-Schmidhuber could play a role. But the
> methodology I advocate although it could justify the prior if needed,
> rely on it at the start.


    I agree. We have to have the methodology itself as an a priori existent.
It is co-present in Platonia in your thinking, it seems to me. ;-)

> > I do not see how the mere a priori existence of solutions (Integers)
> >the relationships between them (also Integers), as a priori existing
> >is sufficient.
> We will discuss that after I succeed in explaining how the whole things
> work. All Right?


    Sure! ;-)

> >BM:
> > > The comp reason why the soul or the first person is never captured by
> > > complete third person description is akin to the reason truth and
> > > knowledge are
> > > not arithmetizable (as opposed to provable and consistent).
> > > Godel's theorem & Co. makes universal machine a highly non trivial
type of
> > > being.
> >
> >[SPK]
> >
> > Does not this statement, that "truth and knowledge are not
> >arithmetizable", imply that the postulation of AR is insufficient?
> [BM]
> No. And giving that Godel's incompleteness is true for much more
> general things than machine, we can say not only that arithmetical
> truth is not arithmetizable, but mathematical truth is not
> mathematicalizable, physical truth is not physicalizable, and more
> generally [whatever]-truth is not [whatver]izable.
> So strictly speaking AR could be sufficient (the Pythagorean version
> of my thesis). For reason of simplicity I do not use it.


    Wait a minute! It is one thing to say that "[whatever]-truth is not
[whatver]izable" and it is another to say that [whatever]-truth is finitely
constructible or approximatable. The former deals with its existential
aspects and the latter deals with its meaningfulness and expressiveness. We
do not require absoluteness (truth, decidability or otherwise) in our
interactions to be able to have meaningfulness.

    But this is not problematic to me; I am interested in how physicality
MUST obtain, even if only in the first person sense. In fact, in my work I
anly assume first person physicality - there is no such thing as third
person or "objective" physicality. This is where our idea overlap

> >Let me
> >state this in a different way. How does Digital Substitution ( "yes,
> >Doctor" ) get coded into numbers without involving physical
> [BM]
> But that's the point of the whole work. Now, if you have follow
> a little bit the literature on the mind body problem you surely know
> that nobody has succeed in explaining how a private mind can be attached
> to anything third-person describable, be it physical or mathematical.
> All what I say is that if we survive the digital brain substitution, then
> fundamental explanation of what matter *cannot* rely on anything
> like Aristotelian substances or even to anything *primitively* physical.
> With comp the mind-body problem is just two times more difficult in the
> sense that we must explain not only the mind but also the matter, and
> this from the mind. The UDA (alias the 1-8 reasoning) just show that:
> comp *must* explain matter by a mind theory. Wait perhaps I say
> more to Kory so that you can be made your objection more specific.


    I have been following your discussion with Kory (and all others)

    In an attempt to "put all my cards on the table" I will state that my
idea is a kind of process based mind-body dualism (based on Vaughan Pratt's
work, but one that becomes
very similar to Russell's "neutral monism" in the limit of "the Totality of
Existence", which I believe is the same as your Platonia, e.g. an
"asymptotically vanishing dualism. I do not see Platonia as being "mental"
or "mind", ala a new form of Berkeliean Idealism.

> Best regards,
> Bruno

Kindest regards,

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