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Comment author: lavalamp 01 October 2013 07:17:20PM 0 points [-]

Do I experience “HONK Screeeech, bam” then wake up in a computer, or is it “HONK Screeeech, bam” and oblivion?

Non-running algorithms have no experiences, so the latter is not a possible outcome. I think this is perhaps an unspoken axiom here.

Comment author: [deleted] 01 October 2013 07:25:01PM 1 point [-]

Non-running algorithms have no experiences, so the latter is not a possible outcome. I think this is perhaps an unspoken axiom here.

No disagreement here - that's what I meant by oblivion.

Comment author: lavalamp 01 October 2013 07:31:37PM 2 points [-]

OK, cool, but now I'm confused. If we're meaning the same thing, I don't understand how it can be a question-- "not running" isn't a thing an algorithm can experience; it's a logical impossibility.