Today's post, Zombie Responses was originally published on 05 April 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):


A few more points on Zombies.

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Stephen: You might argue that the Born rule is an extra postulate dictating how experience binds to the physical universe, particularly if you believe in a no-collapse version of quantum mechanics, such as many-worlds.

That is exactly right, Stephen.

And that's why we have the mangled worlds hypothesis, developed by our very own Robin Hanson.

You merely need to postulate that components of the wavefunction can be interpreted as probabilities in some as-yet-undefined way. What the rule is then follows from the dynamics of QM and certain theorems of probability.

I discussed this in more detail here.