Comment on View Point Room Argument (copy ≠ transference)

QESelf Sat, Mar 26, 2011
I am glad you found it thought provoking.

I do however think there is more going on here than simply our inability to account for both space and time simultaneously. Obviously we could easily modify the thought experiment so that instead of the copies occurring at the same time, they instead occupy the same space but are carried out at different times.

Quantum physics suggests the divergence in both cases will be statistically equal. In other words if we created 10 copies of rooms+clones in space and 10 copies in time, the divergence between all 20 copies would be statistically indistinguishable from each other (i.e. purely random).

However, if we were to simulate the above on a Turning Machine using Newtonian / Relativity algorithms all 20 copies would evolve identically.

To me the "idea of individuality in existence" is definitely the most interesting part of the argument. Physical things are able to separate from and merge with other things and thus individuality is malleable. I think if we fully understand the relationship between copies and transformation we will then have the tools we need to achieve a physical transfer from any mind substrate to any other.