[extropy-chat] How to be copied into the future?

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Tue Apr 24 13:04:06 UTC 2007

On 4/24/07, Heartland <velvethum at hotmail.com> wrote:

First of all, there's no such thing as a resurrection. Things can only be
> destroyed
> or created.

Yes, but an arbitrarily close to perfect copy is indistinguishable from a
resurrection, and indistinguishable from ordinary continuous life. For all
you know, you might be dying all the time. You would have to argue that
process X is a bad thing to happen to you, even though it is impossible to
discern any effects, positive or negative, objective or subjective, from
process X.

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
> possible).
> 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.

So if the real Hitler had decided at the end of the war to mend his ways,
should he have been punished? What if he had fallen into a frozen lake and
then after being revived decided to mend his ways?

Stathis Papaioannou
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