[extropy-chat] Personal Identity Bis
velvethum at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 11 13:20:27 UTC 2007
> On Wed, Apr 11, 2007 at 09:59:23PM +1000, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
>> A flat EEG that *stays* flat permanently means death. Patients can
>> have a flat EEG due to eg. hypothermia and still recover fully.
Only copies recover. Obviously a copy will always suffer from illusion that it's
the original but the evidence collected by an objective observer would show
otherwise. This case is logically equivalent to a situation where you download
patient's brain structure to a file, destroy the patient and then run many
instances of this file. The 1000th instance would suffer from the same illusion.
Does the fact that a 2nd instance runs on the original body and 1000th on some
artificial hardware make any difference? I really don't think so.
>> Would you say that these people have died and should attend their
>> erstwhile selves' funeral?
How they respond to facts is entirely up to them. They might as well throw a party,
as far as I'm concerned. :)
> Yes, Slawomir is religious that way. The world is full of zombies.
I'm not the one believing in afterlife here, Eugen. I don't believe in existence of
a soul that consists of a holy collection of static data specifying person's
memories, beliefs and values. I don't believe that installing this soul into some
hardware brings back people to life. Now, that would be an example of a faith-based
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