Re: Objective Meaning Must Exhibit Isomorphism

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Sat Mar 08 2008 - 10:38:04 MST

Stathis writes

> As Nick commented, I don't see how the history of how the physical
> states came about could have anything to do with the ensuing mental
> states.

Oh, I agree. It doesn't. Sorry if I gave a wrong impression.

> How could you possibly know if your Monday and your Tuesday
> were implemented on separate computers a zillion light years apart or
> in neighbouring rooms?

Right. You couldn't know. Grasping for where I think we're
disagreeing, what I object to is the chopping up of the entire
Monday/Tuesday affair into a sequence of states not causally
connected. And that means locally, and locally computed.

If Tuesday takes place in a galaxy far, far away, and the initial
configuration of Tuesday arises by chance, say, (or from a
record of a previous execution), then there is only an infinitesimal
loss of consciousness: namely, the instant between Monday and

I hope that made my position clear on your Monday/Tuesday TE.


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