Re: A calculus of personal identity

From: Bruno Marchal <>
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2006 15:54:40 +0200

Le 01-juil.-06, à 19:54, Brent Meeker a écrit :

> Sure it is. Just because something cannot be directly experienced
> doesn't rule it out of a
> scienctific model: quarks can't be observed, but their effects can.

OK, but we were discussing about theories. general relativity, as a
theory does not assume the existence of readers of "relativity
journal". The quantum theory *with collapse* is already less clear on
that ...

> So I believe in other people's
> first person experience because that is a good way to predict their
> behavoir.

Except the same theory would predict the behavior of zombie. We are
arguing on a fundamental level. All what I argue for is that once you
*assume* comp, then there is no aristotelian primary matter, and
eventually physics is branch of number's bio/psych/theo/logy.

> I consult a model in
> which I use my first person experience to perdict how they will behave
> - this is called emphathizing
> - and I find it works pretty well.

You are lucky but then I don't know any other ways. But again, in those
threads we are not just interested in prediction (even if they are the
ultimate test) but in understanding.


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