Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The range of possible human experiences is limitless.


I don't like this.

7 comments:

Bob said...

There are only 2 ^ 10,000,000,000 possible brain states, which is large but finite, and therefore not limitless.

Jaisudha said...

ippo enna - ellaathayum collect pannanuma?

Ishwar said...

Bob, playing along with you, it's 2 ^ 10,000,000,000 per person, making if 6*10^9 for the entire population, and assuming a growth rate of 1.14, and assuming that the average age of a species befor extinction is 3 million years.... you get the picture, right?

Limitless is a figure of speech.

Nilu said...

The math is alright. But can you please explain why you have treated them as mutually exclusive?

Ishwar said...

Leave it to all ye arses to bring an uber-existential post to frigging gallows.

Bob said...

Quite the opposite, because the more people there are, the more likely it will be that different people will have identical brain states i.e. same experiences.

The longer humanity exists, more and more people will have identical experiences. In other words, the uniqueness of a person's life will vanish.

(Has this post reached an existential crisis???)

Nilu said...

Just because you have the pleasure of perspective, don't think you have all the pleasure that has been invented.