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Scope/Content: Among Hugh Everett's files were a number of handwritten documents related to the writing of his thesis. Many of them were drafts of material that ultimately appeared in the long thesis. This document, with a section entitled "Ideal observer," was found in a file labeled "Early drafts". Everett develops the idea of an ideal observer as an automaton. Scope/Content: This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne, in a file labelled "Early drafts."