Re: Memory Merging Possible For Close Duplicates

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Thu Mar 13 2008 - 08:51:09 MDT

Please excuse the top posting, but I agree with all the points that
Mike appears to be making.

As for all the questions near the end of the post, they're interesting,
but I don't see how any of the basic issues we're discussing hinges
on any of them.

Please feel free to ask any again of them that are real (and not
rhetorical) questions, and which vitally address whether memory
merging is possible for close duplicats. It is reassuring :-) that
you find memory merging of close duplicates (our subject line)
even less problematical than I do. And you gave good examples
of it IMO.


----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Dougherty
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 6:49 PM
Subject: Re: Memory Merging Possible For Close Duplicates

On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 6:49 PM, Lee Corbin <> wrote:

> > The point being that merging two separate incidents or separate
> > days for close duplicates is child's play compared to that! You
> > go to Florence for a vacation, we duplicate you and your hotel
> > room, and in each case la policia burst into your hotel room
> > and take you in for interrogation. But in one case, they're very
> > nice and wear blue uniforms, and in the other they're very mean
> > and wear black. Later, after the merge, you'd be confused, but
> > you'd have to guess that either you'd suffered a little amnesia
> > or your imagination had played tricks. But you are still absolutely
> > the same person, even though you had a very weird day or two
> > in Italy.

I doubt that it will be so difficult. Once you have uploaded the first set of memories, the second should cram in with a bit of
cleverness. After that, the 3-N are a matter of rinse & repeat. Sure it might take a redesign/upgrade of memory pointers - but you
were already suggesting that by supposing the movie and bookstore were indeterminately ordered. I have had superpositions of
memories that have and have not (yet) happened. I have commented on "dreams" that I had, then (sometimes months) later actually
experienced what I dreamed. Is this a defect of memory or point-in-time awareness? What if I told someone about the dream when I
woke up or wrote the details in a journal? Can a second party (or journal) corroborate the premonition/deja-vu - or, like the
observer examining Schroedinger's cat, do they become entangled with the perception of memory/pre-cognition?

Suppose I had experience military combat training in an altered state but do not consciously recall this training until a
life-threatening situation presents itself. Did I 'merge' this experience into myself just-in-time, or was it lying dormant in an
unconscious memory? How do I recall the knowledge used to answer game-show questions between the time they are asked and the time
the contestant answers them? Is there some retrieval of knowledge that I casually encountered at some arbitrary point in the past,
or a pre-cognitive examination of the impending answer? I don't (often) think about it.

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