[ExI] Do we live in a universe that allows infinite computation?

Will Steinberg steinberg.will at gmail.com
Thu Aug 18 03:19:58 UTC 2011

I agree, Samantha.  What I find even more troubling with the concept is that
it can't be theorized without severely reconsidering the notion of self.
Not only would "you" exist, but every you you have ever been, and every you
any arbitrary amount of youness units (younits?) away from you.  There would
be a me and a me that was almost me and a me that was half me and half you,
in fact the entire continuum's worth of half me half you and another layer
of that for every individual and every individual who never existed and
every type of thinking computer formed so differently from the human
brain...quite literally 'mind boggling'.

On Aug 17, 2011 6:52 PM, "Samantha Atkins" <sjatkins at mac.com> wrote:


On 08/11/2011 09:24 PM, john clark wrote:
> Back in 1993 Frank Tipler wrote an interesting book ca...
Well, even presuming infinite computation it does not follow that any
particular subject would get an infinite slice in order to experience
infinite subjective time.  Nor does it follow that you or I, recognizably
such, would resurrect even given this highly hypothetical infinite
computation due to an order of infinities issue.  For you to resurrect it
would be necessary for all the supporting conditions for you to exist, not
just the atoms in your body, to spontaneously come together in one locale in
this infinite computational maelstrom.    That would also have to be the
case for every other being that ever existed, ever will exist or ever could
exist in any possible configuration of a universe  since neither you nor a
universe like ours are in no wise special if the argument holds water.

Pretty thin hope for immortality and infinite personal vistas if you ask me.

- samantha

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