[extropy-chat] How to be copied into the future?
velvethum at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 24 12:01:36 UTC 2007
> Imagine that a perfect brain scan exists of some truly
> horrible, awful person, say Adolf Hitler. Imagine that
> the scan was made one minute before Adolf died, and
> that it is so detailed that a true Adolf would be
> resurrected if the brain scan was ever implemented.
> The question I consider is: If some future human chose
> to resurrect Adolf in this particular way, would it be
> "right" or "just" to punish this Adolf with
> imprisonment or execution. After all, from a
> subjective point of view, he *IS* Adolf Hitler. He
> *IS* a truly monstrous and evil person. And he
> remembers doing all those horrible things he has done.
A different perspective:
First of all, there's no such thing as a resurrection. Things can only be destroyed
If this future entity decides to create new instance of life, it will have an
infinite number of mind types to pick from for this new life. It would be awfully
cruel if this future entity chose such a broken and evil type of mind as "Adolf
Hitler" for this new instance of life just like it would be equally cruel to
unnecessarily "install" mental illness into your child (if such a thing were
If this future entity instantiated Adolf Hitler type, the only reason why this new
mind should be in jail would not be to punish this mind but to protect
society from its negative influence. The true villain here is the monster who
instantiated Adolf Hitler type in the first place.
But there's an easy fix here. Just reprogram the new instance of type "Adolf
Hitler" into some other mind type that's optimized for health and happiness.
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