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     There are two issues here.

     One, can a machine learn with perfect certainty anything?

     Two, can a conscious unit learn with perfect certainty anything?

     The Machine Certainty Theorem says that a machine can't learn
anything at all with certainty, including whether or not the machine
itself exists, has changed state, or is in actual contact with
exterior cause.  Nor can it be certain of the existence of space or
time or change of any kind.

     This might in fact seem to be a major statement, but in fact
turns out to be almost self obviously easy to prove.  Nothing new is
being stated in the MCT, and any reasoning man of scientific or
critical thinking will readily admit to the truth of the conclusion,
once laid out in all its gory detail as we will soon do.

     In fact once we are done with the MCT, many will wonder why we
spent so long with it, "Get on with it!" they will say.

     The real test comes when we come to study the second statement
that consciousness CAN learn with certainty of its own existence,
perceptual differences, personal agency and change in state.

     The inevitable conclusion that consciousness is therefore not a
space time machine has astounding ramifications.

     Once the reader gets absolute reality on both of these two
issues, and on the ramifications, he will go back and study the MCT
for a very long time before finally coming back to the nature of his
own consciousness and begin to doubt every certainty he ever knew.

     Hopefully he will maintain his certainty of doubt, for those that
doubt that they doubt are mind broke.

     Some people seem to have a need to believe they are machines.

     The perfect certainty of living consciousness and its
ramifications escapes them.

     Homer