Re: Unanswerable questions (was Re: Upload motivations)

Mark Grant (
Sat, 11 Jan 1997 17:53:16 +0000

On Fri, 10 Jan 1997, Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:

> That's probably true, but it has nothing to do with Godel. I'd say
> that's more related to the halting problem.

True, but are you sure that the two aren't equivalent? That is, that the
halting problem isn't an example of Godel's theorem at work?

> And still, it is quite
> possible to know a great deal about how humans work without having to
> have complete state information at all times.

Yes, but a human can't work out what it *is*. Am I a physical construct
living in an objectively existing universe, or am I some kind of detached
'soul' who's just making it all up? The question is impossible to answer.


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