Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5551
Author(s):
Andrew Soltau
artifact description
As shown in The Quantum Mechanical Frame of Reference, Everett's formulation inherently defines idiosyncratic effective physical environments for each version of the functional identity of the observer, defined solely by observations, in the manner of Rovelli's Relational Quantum Mechanics. This accounts for determinate measurement records, and completes his resolution of the measurement problem. The remaining task is to make everyday sense of Everett's concept. He defines the functional identity as the record of sensory observations and machine configuration, which seems merely an epiphenomenon of the body-mind of the observer. This functional identity is intensely familiar to each observer. It is simply the subjective reality, the known world, here the 'world hologram'. In Everett's formulation, the cut in the von Neumann chain is implicitly made at the level of conscious sensory awareness. Thus, not only is the effective physical environment defined solely by the record of observations, the self-identity synthesised from observations defines the sole determinacy of the body-mind of the observer. Everett's formulation is not addressing obscure issues of brain state, but the determinant of the effective physical reality of the observer, including the body-mind. Although highly counter-intuitive, it is nonetheless empirically coherent. On the 'inside view', as defined by Tegmark, Everett's relative state corresponds, directly and precisely, to human experience.

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