RE: many worlds theory of immortality

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2005 23:03:22 +1000

Jonathan Colvin wrote:

>Agreed. But some *worlds* we can imagine may be logically impossible
>(inconsistent), may they not? I can imagine (or talk about) a world where
>entity A has property X and property Y, but it may be logically impossible
>for any existing entity A to simultaneously have property X and Y. For
>example, it seems that it would be inconsistent for there to exist a world
>where simultaneously I am omniscinent and I consist of a single elctron.
>Such a world seems inconsistent (not logically possible). Such a world may
>not appear in the set of worlds generated by all instantiated programs.

Omniscience is a problematic concept; one can argue that a single electron
does indeed have all possible knowledge encoded in one bit. But leaving that
aside, why do you say that it is logically impossible for an electron to be
intelligent? To show that it is *logically* impossible you would have to
show that it entails a logical or mathematical contradiction, such as 2+2=5.

--Stathis Papaioannou

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