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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.

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Written by ulrichschreglmann

April 4, 2010 at 12:58 am

On Immortality and Suicide.

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In an infinite Universe the probability that there is a version of me
that survives, however physically unlikely that is, is always 100%.

How do we know the Universe is infinite? Well, we don’t. We can’t
prove it’s finite since there is no way of ever proving a margin we’ve
found is really the ultimate border. We can’t prove it’s infinite
since that could only be taken as proven after you’ve covered an in-
finite stretch within it, which there is by definition no end and
therefore no “after” to.

But we’re assuming the infinity of the Universe every moment through
our taking for granted that there are connections–cause and effect–
between the things we know and perceive and things without. Therefore
whenever we’re taking even the tiniest action we’re assuming that to
whatever set of the Universe we can perceive there is something out-
side that set connected causally, the consequent discovery and percep-
tion of which our actions will lead to. Inductively that means we do
indeed exist in an infinite Universe.

Mind you, we can never know whether cause and effect actually exist.
To find a causal justification for the assumption of cause and effect
we’d have to assume the existence of cause and effect first, natural-
ly. Any proof would therefore be a tautology. (“Why does it exist?”
“Because it does!” “Duh!”)

When someone commits suicide they’re acting on the assumption that
cause and effect exist and that their action will result in their
death. Well, in an infinite Universe it won’t. And if you do it
amateurishly the most likely outcomes might be ending up blind from
a headshot or paralyzed neck down from a jump off the roof. If you
do it in a way that you couldn’t possibly survive according to any
empirical laws recorded–well, no one knows what is going to happen
then. But I wouldn’t expect Heaven if I were you. Hell neither–no
intended one at least. Or being reunited with your late loved ones.
Those are indeed irrational assumptions, based neither on physical
evidence nor on the underlying philosophy of empiricism, supporting
the relevance and necessity of physical evidence for modeling the
world in the first place.

The only rationally acceptable condition for suicide is thus thinking
of the worst possible situation you could find yourself in and con-
cluding it can’t possibly be any worse than your current one. Other-
wise I recommend every death wisher to “Hamlet out.” (“Aye, there’s
the rub,” and all that.)

Written by ulrichschreglmann

March 29, 2010 at 4:13 am

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Immortality.

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There is no rationally convincing way to suppose we could be immortal.

There is one beyond reason, however.

Because what is reasoning? Reasoning is the assumption of rules of
cause and effect along the string of which we can wander in order to
anticipate the outcome of something. It’s a cool tool of extrapola-
tion.

But what reason could there possibly be for reason itself? What
plausible cause could cause and effect have? Considering that there
can be no substantiating an idea by itself there can be none.

You cannot find a reason for reason without assuming that there is
reason in the first place. You cannot find a cause for the principle
of cause and effect. One prerequisite for finding a cause for some-
thing is the assumption of the principle of cause and effect in the
first place.

We can never know whether reason exists. The assumption of cause and
effect is the only one making sense, however. “Making sense” as in
“creating a model of what our senses are going to tell us.” If we
don’t assume the existence of logical constraints within our environ-
ment there is no sense in decisions or actions. Ultimately we can’t
help assuming reason anyway, as you can tell by the conditional mode
of the previous sentence, which was supposed to state something out-
side the rules of conditions.

Presuming that the existence of reasons is the only meaningful way to
look at the Universe, that the assumption of reasons for everything
outside itself is the only possible way of looking at things, we can
within that framework easily prove by induction that the Universe must
be infinite. However large a portion of it you take, it must have a
cause outside itself. The Universe is infinite in scope, infinite in
complexity.

Within an infinite Universe anything, no matter how improbable, has to
happen somewhere, though. Only the logically impossible can’t happen.

What is the probability that our brain structures will form, just the
way they are within us now, somewhere else? Very, very low, but not
zero. That means in an infinite Universe a clone of me is materializ-
ing out of thin air right now somewhere. It would have exactly my
memories. It wouldn’t know where it is. It would, most probably,
feel wretched. But it would be alive. And it would think it used to
be me a moment ago, happily typing away.

Since you cannot experience your own death by definition this is what
is going to happen if there is no physically possible way of survival
left for you. You might wake up realizing all your life has been a
dream. Or that someone froze your head and revived it. Or that a
physical way of reincarnation has been found. Or you’ll be simply
confused, not knowing how you could possibly be still alive, despite
the fact that there is never, ever any alternative to life.

Written by ulrichschreglmann

March 29, 2010 at 2:23 am

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