X-Message-Number: 14883
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 00:02:22 -0700
From: Mike Perry <>
Subject: Turing Tome brief comment

Pat Clancy, #14878, commenting on the Turing Tome problem (see my posting

>I don't think you have to invoke immortality, but I agree part of the problem 
>with the Tome is that is must be infinite,

Yes, I think you do, at least for the more interesting cases. The Tome could
record a person's conscious states over a finite time interval only and thus
presumably be finite (at most 10^53 state changes per second per human by
the Bekenstein bound, remember?). It seems the Tome would have to be
infinite (impossible in the world as we know it) only if we assume
infinitely many conscious states, i.e. immortality, or some other infinity
of details. I like your other comments, though. 

Mike Perry

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