Yes, fits right in!
Well the only evidence I have in favor this theory about high IQ is anthropics itself. And it should not be taken as very strong evidence. But perhaps I could make a bit stronger case, if we assume version of anthropics, where only thinking about anthropics counts as observer moments. Then one would have to have at least as high IQ as it is required to understand anthropics in order to think about them.
It indeed does apply to almost anything.
This is a great list, thanks!
Would it make sense to outlaw talking about doomsday argument?
And then I might respond by slicing into the definition of observer, creating “half-observers”, and moving smoothly between observer and non-observer…
Do you have this written down somewhere in more detail? It seems that for this to work one needs to assume the gradual appearance of consciousness, something like rock<beetle<mouse<ape<human. Will this work if one assumes consciousness to be binary, that it either is or it isn’t?
So what you are saying, is, before one knows his birth rank, one should assume infinite universe? This does actually corresponds to evidence about universe size, but not about human population size.
Lets say you do not know your birth rank at first. Then someone asks you to guess whether the universe is around 200 billion or some very large number. Without any additional data you should estimate 50% for either one. Then you get to know that your birth rank is around 100 billion. Do you not then update, that smaller universe have bigger than 50% chance estimated previously?
A guess: google docs comments does not have karma system, so participants are free to tell what they want without worrying about losing points.
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If the universe was s.t. it is impossible to compute the trajectory of a tennis ball without string theory, we might have never discovered any physics.
Makes one wonder, what things we have not discovered, because they are in a such way?
This may be the strongest argument to why publications that are agreed to be wrong should not be changed or commented after the fact.
Could you elaborate? How one should know which publications are agreed to be wrong?
There is a third alternative: being true about your preferences, but realizing you are not in power to do anything about it.
I.e. I prefer to win lottery, but there is nothing reasonable I can do to achieve that, so I drop the participating in lottery altogether. From the outside it might look like I have revealed that I do not want to win a lottery since I do not even buy the ticket. Caring about environment might fall into this category as well.
And moving factforward long enough we will go back to fact that earth is flat and then analogy does not work any more :/
“Whatever is stopping interference patterns, it looks like detectors, not consciousness.”
That is not the case, as shows delayed quantum eraser experiments. Detector does not stop interference if detected information is deleted:
What difference does memories make if you are already been told whether you are clone or original? I fail to understand this reasoning.
Another similar scenario:
Lets say laws are such that after cloning, both original and clone splits all the money that original has. Now first clone gets 50% of all wealth, second clone gets 25% and so on, while original is left with next to zero after 100 splits. That is same unfairness as in original problem, just instead of probability of having all the money you get the corresponding fraction of the money. There is no way for you to remain with 1% of your money if you are the one who keeps getting split.
What if both clone and original are told which one they are right after cloning? Then probability of being told that you are original twice is still 1⁄4.
Assume this real life scenario:
100 refugees are met by the king of host country, who says, only 1 of you will become our citizen and other 99 will be slaves. The procedure of selecting the citizen is as follows: we choose 2 of you randomly, then coin is tossed—the looser becomes slave and the winner goes for second round against another fellow randomly selected from remaining 98 and so on. The one who wins the last coin toss becomes citizen.
In this setting if you are selected 1st then you have close to 0 chance to become citizen, as if you are selected last you have 50%. The game is unfair for 1st guys being selected same way as it is unfair for the original in cloning scenario.
But that is not an actual analogy to sleeping beauty. Real analogy would be, that you are a “counted bet”, what horse are you more likely to be on?