[extropy-chat] Avoid Too Much Change.

Heartland velvethum at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 9 00:33:46 UTC 2007

> John Clark, totally in character, writes
>> "Lee Corbin" <lcorbin at rawbw.com>
>>> The only issue," he goes on, "is that some of you may have a problem about
>>> identity.  You see, the moment that your IQ becomes 12,000 and you know
>>> everything about Earth history and the pitifully primitive life forms that
>>> you used to be, you no longer resemble the same person that you used to
>>> be at all, any more than you currently resemble the fetus that you were
>>> eight months before birth.
>>> "Now then.  Who wants to go first?"
>> And at this point John Clark can be seen jumping up and down with his hand
>> raised up as high as it will go screaming at the top of his lungs "ME! ME!
>> PICK ME!".
> Yes.  Now, would you explain the difference between (A) the Alien granting your
> request and (B) the alien killing you, and then creating an IQ 12,000 entity that 
> the
> alien names Isador  which just so happens to have incredibly complete 
> biographical
> information about you? That is, Isador "remembers" almost all of what happened
> to you on every day of your life.
> Oh, I forgot to add:  the entity Isador also "remembers" what happened to me
> and what happened to everyone else who is presently living.
> What, I ask, is the difference, exactly, between A and B?

The answer is right in your setup. A was killed and B wasn't.


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