Re: Belief Statements

From: Bruno Marchal <>
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 15:31:39 +0100

At 22:19 27/01/05 +1100, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
>For example, if I am running an AI program on my computer and a particular
>bitstring is associated with the simulated being noting, "I think,
>therefore I am", then should not the same bitstring arising by chance in
>the course of, say, a spreadsheet calculation give rise to the same moment
>of consciousness - regardless of whether the spreadsheet user or anyone
>other than the simulated being himself is or can be aware of this?

But from the point of view of the simulated being himself he cannot have
the slightest clue about
which executions he is supported by. He is dispersed in 2^aleph0
computational histories and
he can only bet on its most probable consistent extensions. You always talk
like if the mind body relation was one-one, when with comp although you
still can attach a mind to a ["piece of relative
object" appearing in your most probable histories] the mind of "the piece
of relative object" cannot
attach an object to itself, only an infinity of such objects. With comp the
mind-body relation is one-one
in the body -> mind direction, and one-many in the mind-body direction. It
is counter-intuitive but no less than QM without collapse (Everett, Deutch).

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