[extropy-chat] Fragmentation of computations
stathisp at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 13:38:39 UTC 2007
On 3/27/07, Russell Wallace <russell.wallace at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 3/27/07, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Similarly, if computations can be self-aware, then self-aware
> > computations must be lurking all around us in noise, perhaps in elaborate
> > virtual worlds, but never able to interact in any way with the substrate of
> > their implementation. The only way to avoid this strange idea is to say that
> > computations can't be self-aware.
> Well as I said I think there are two approaches to this idea, the
> Platonist one which embraces it in terms of the Tegmark multiverse, and the
> Popperian one which bypasses it as irrelevant where there isn't any way to
> interact with the purported entities. Nor do these contradict each other;
> it's perfectly possible to be a Platonist when wearing a philosopher's hat,
> and a Popperian for purposes of making actual decisions.
That summarises it very well.
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