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Anthropic Principle.

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Combining the weak anthropic principle with the concept of
infinity one comes to the conclusion that one’s existence is, indeed,
inevitable. So is one’s everlasting future, like it or not!

I think that’s why I’m going to call what I used to call “quantum im-
mortality” “anthropic infinity” instead. It leads to the same conclu-
sions but without the need for the many-worlds interpretation of the
Uncertainty Principle. Even in a totally deterministic Universe the
extrapolation of causal infinity would lead to anthropic infinity, as
well as certain unavoidable aspects of indeterminacy, such as the
existence of everything altogether and its particular observed pat-
tern, beyond the inevitable requirement of an observer.


Written by ulrichschreglmann

April 4, 2010 at 12:58 am

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  1. > So is one’s everlasting future, like it or not!

    Could explain how you came to this conclusion?

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    February 18, 2012 at 7:33 am

    • Well, you can be more certain of this than of anything else — even object permanency.

      First of all there’s the fact that the entirety of everything cannot have a reason. That’s because it is everything. There is, by definition, nothing other than everything. So everything, no matter what it is in detail — whether it contains any mythical etiological beings or not, whether it is finite or infinite — cannot be caused by anything else because there is nothing else. If there were then whatever we were talking about wouldn’t have been everything. Proof by contradiction here.

      Then there’s causality, which cannot have a reason, either, because you need causality in order for reasons to exist. That means the principle of cause and effect cannot itself have a cause.

      Then there is the observer, whose existence is dependent on causality so phenomena cause observations which cause the cognitive construction of models about the environment. That observer is you; the sum of your cognitive models, including memories and thought patterns, form your identity.

      If the observer dies they cease to exist and are therefore not able to observe their own state of being dead. So wherever there is observation there is an existing observer, who hasn’t died.

      Whenever an observer plans ahead for the future what they really make plans for is their future self — one whose cognitive models have been reshaped by recent experiences and who identifies with their past self by remembering being that person. Continued existence — living on — means the existence of a future observer who recalls having been the present observer.

      If the observer is destroyed, what is the likelihood within a causally deterministic Universe that the pattern of someone who recalls being that past observer reemerging randomly? It is beyond astronomically unlikely, but not impossible. In an event space big enough it would happen somewhere. In an infinite event space it would happen not just once but infinitely many times. That’s why in an infinite Universe everyone’s immortality is a given.

      The question is, is the Universe infinite. Well, if causality forms an infinitely complex network it would be. If you postulated that some phenomena can exist for no reason, however, then there is also no reason to assume that other phenomena will not happen spontaneously for no reason, either, including the reemergence of the observer. Since from the perspective of the observer only those places exist in which the observer exists that means the observer can never die.

      It also means they can never be in total control over their environment, either, no matter who they are, what with control requiring causality and causality not having a reason, which disproves the existence of an omnipotent God, but that’s another issue…


      February 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

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