Just curious, is this not to be confused with Brain in a vat? We're getting our consciousness from a computer kind of? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_in_a_vat
Also, how does the MBT model approach the Boltzmann brain paradox if the above is true?
From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boltzmann_brain
"The Boltzmann brain paradox is that it is more likely that a brain randomly forms out of the chaos with false memories of its life than that the universe around us would have billions of self-aware brains. The rationale behind this being paradoxical is that, out of chaos, it is more likely for one instance of a complex structure to arise than for many instances of that thing to arise.
This ignores the possibility that the probability of a universe in which a brain pops into existence, without any prior mechanism driving towards its creation, may be dwarfed by the probability of a universe in which there are active mechanisms which lead to processes of development which (given a starting state that is unlikely but not as unlikely as the spontaneous appearance of a brain with no precursor) offer a reasonable probability of producing a species such as ourselves.
In a universe of the latter kind, the scenarios in which a brain can arise are naturally prone to produce many such brains, so the large number of such brains is an incidental detail."
Just for clarity and out of curiosity, wondering how MBT fits into that problem if at all.