Re: Multiverse Morality
>On Thursday, 23 May 2013 hibssa wroteI know it is a rather late reply but I noticed that no one answered to your candid post.
>I see this as really key to understanding the wider worldview expressed by Popperians.
>The big mistake I notice from non-popperians regarding MWI are the moral implications. For them, typically, the implication is that there is no morality because everything that can >happen will happen somewhere, with nothing special attached to what happens 'here'.
>The reality is clearly different, and, I think....possibly this is the source of the attachment of Popperians to the counter-intuitive.
>The true moral implications are actually really stunning and profound. Definitely putting morality to the centre of everything...above even physical reality itself in a way.
>Only by living purposefully...being consistent...being philosophically correct....not compromising on principle, not living arbitrarily, not living altruistically...only by doing these things >can you in this one universe exert influence into the multiverse itself, and ultimately shape who you are.
Let me explain my position as an "anti-popperian"
I read your post. I think I understood it. Unfortunately your effort to come up with some type of morality from MWI belief does not seem convincing to me.
The whole premise of morality (at least in the classical sense) is based on moral agents making choices in the way they act (out of multiple options) and their choices making a meaningful existential and circumstantial difference in themselves and in the world they live. In MWI world, the moral agent's choice looses its significance. Actually the moral agent him/herself looses its significance and meaning.
In MWI, there are infinite number of moral agents and they do choose every possible option anyway in infinite number of universes. Why would the choice of one particular self in one of the infinite number of universes make a meaningful difference from the perspective of multiverse existence? We know all possible universes do exist right? And they do not have any superiority or uniqueness with respect to others according to MWI. There is nothing special in any of the universes. We can not say one universe would be "better" than the other.
Or should we say it? There would be universes which are "better" than others from consistency, purposefulness and correctness perspective. Shall we try to be in the best possible universe? Why I would have such motivation if I already know that all other lower morality universes would exist in parallel whatever I choose and in the end I am not making any difference from the overall existential perspective?
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- --- In Fabric-of-Reality@yahoogroups.com, Gary Oberbrunner <garyo@...> wrote:
>Gary, OK. I respect what you are saying. The best explanation, would the implication that I don't understand MWI and its connection to QM and how this actually is hard science on anyone's terms.
> On Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 2:12 PM, hibbsa <hibbsa@...> wrote:
> > SWE is not literally what you say. It describes collapse events.
> Nope, the other way around. Check the refs I sent.
> > The only way to fix things so it doesn't is with an infinite
> > multiverse.
> Not the only way -- but one way. Check the refs I sent.
> One easy way to see that the SWE can't describe collapes is that the
> SWE is completely linear. Collapse is, of course, highly nonlinear.
> Thus it cannot described by the SWE.
> > walking me through some arbitrary process starting with observed
> > strangeness and ending up invoking a multiverse
> That's pretty much Chapter 1 of FoR; the observed strangeness is the
> particle/wave duality. You can approach it from other angles as well.
> > Then there's the claim MWI is mathematical.
> > This is only substantially true if you can show a set of equations,
> > maybe SWE itself, that overwhelmingly capture the entire multiverse
> > conception, and also how it maps to individual QM events and all
> > the rest. In other words, that we can say, going forward we are
> > going to talk abiout MWI mathematically, using equations and
> > consequences, and we care going to find that this a much more
> > powerful way to work with MWI.
> The above is a good statement of how it actually does work in
> practice. The SWE does in fact capture the entire multiverse as well
> as individual objects and interactions. It's really the only way we
> know of to make progress in the very large, very small and very
> high-energy frontiers. Deutsch is a good popularizer, so he puts it
> into common words well enough (in FoR anyway), but the core is the
> equations and what they tell us.
> > Are you making any of the above claims?
> > I don't think so. I think we're stuck with verbal explanations of
> > MWI.
> If so, it would be empty of content.
> > I don't think you would have much luck in any attempt to
> > translate MW concepts like fungibility and all the rest, in some
> > kind of intermediate structure that allowed full translastion
> > between MWI and SWE and the rest of QM.
> Don't know that there is any intermediate structure needed.
> Fungibility is a fact of life; not only a consequence of the SWE (like
> everything in physics) but experimentally observable (e.g. in
> Bose-Einstein condensates). The discovery of the SWE _is_ the
> discovery of the underlying principle of all of QM.
> > But then do it. Show me.
> I would love to -- I have a day job though. Definitely considering
> working on quantum computation once I retire though. But all the
> progress in the last 50 years is pretty exciting to me; I think the
> next 50 will be incredible.
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The above is a major possibility simply because my interest in MWI has only ever been as one of the objects in the Popperian array. And my interest in *that* has for a long time been very much in terms of understanding how a way of thinking can be so right at the root yet get so distorted and off the rails further down.
I've always done this, I hope, with integrity. In that, whenever Deutsch or anyone has something that I can see possibility in, that I have done the right thing, and gone off and spent time reflecting on it.
So I guess I might have to spend some time trying on, what you are saying.
The problem though, one way or the other, is going to be that, if I come back agreeing or disagreeing, there isn't going to be any way for me to influence your point of view.
This is because you have, or you seem to have, adopted Deutsch's philosophy-based view of Science, which essentially rejects all of the ways that science has invented for criticizing and weighing between possible explanations.
I respect Deutsch...he says its about cleaning up the thinking. And sure, this can be about messy thinking my end. But, the way it looks when I stand back ten feet, is that with all that messy thinking Deutsch has swept away, he's thrown out almost every possible way to criticize and make object judgements.
Now it's just about 'good explanation' and that's just about good philosophy, and that's just popper and deutsch, and you criticize it, but guess what, any criticism you make at any level, is actually pre-refuted by the level above! Or to the left!
And of course, the only way to navigate it all, is by becoming total expert of the whole thing. And people that don't see the promise of a philosophy, or have major doubts, typically don't commit years and years to that subject.
Therefore, the only people that could criticize, are the same people that totally don't have major criticisms. And that is caused by the structure of the philosophy itself, and in effect it makes it impossible to criticize.
So it's the total opposite of what it claims to be, and what it thinks it is. Popperians think that just be saying you're fallible and by preaching it, and just by that being a major component of the philosophy, that this...this...delivers criticism. It doesn't.
And if Deutsch says different, I would ask him to point to the really major concessions that he has made in constructing this philosophy. Or is the story that Deutsch got everything right beginning to end?
It's just never happened. This has all been on a tiny scale. It's like Deutsch and 3 or 4 others, all of them likeminded from the start. It just can't work like that and be consistent with its own philosophy.
Don't forget, this philosophy claims to trump Science. This is now science. Deutsch rejects all the *evolved* ways Science has found to keep the steer on the right path to objective reality. And in their place he has put a conception of criticism that has never actually been applied to his own philosophy in any dramatic way, and never applied to the *structure* of the philosophy and whether that structure actually puts up large barriers to criticism. I'm not even sure popperians know what I'm talking about when I mention things like structural barriers, but it's very common and ubiquitious. Ever heard of non-tariff barriers?
OK back to this MWI thing. I will reflect on what you say. But I would really like you to just take 10 steps back, and look at all the possible options, right across the scientific frontier, for how QM might come to be explained.
And I would like you to drop the popperian standard for a moment, and use a practical standard. Judge which approach would be better, in terms of:
- How many outstanding scientific barriers the solution *potentially* clears up at the same time.
- Whether that avenue of enquiry *promises* falsification events at regular stages along the way.
- The potential for research to have unexpected knock on relevance into other sciences...which note could also lead to developments that eventually worked their back into the mainline research as either criticisms or as new energy in the form of insights that strengthened research.
Use that criteria for a moment. Judge MWI, the last 50 years of it, with that criteria.
And then try on my QM <--> Big Bang formula. You don't have be able to see how that would proceed. Not on this criteria. The only question is whether....since as you say yourself "who knows?"....then just comparing the two routes based on which one is most promising to rule itself out, or lead to dramatic progress.
And then answer me this. Is it reasonable, that given the unfalsiability of MWI, all other avenues that may produce falsifiability should be thoroughly explored, before accepting MWI and putting that at the centre of things?