[extropy-chat] How to be copied into the future?.
randall at randallsquared.com
Sun Apr 29 18:04:22 UTC 2007
On Apr 29, 2007, at 6:41 AM, Lee Corbin wrote:
> And so what if the process were happening 100 times per second?
> That is,
> microsecond 0-1 Randall is frozen
> microsecond 1-2 Randall is copied atom for atom
> into Randall 2
> microsecond 2-3 Randall 1 is vaporized
> microsecond 3-4 Randall 2 is moved to exactly
> the same place
> that Randall 1 was
> microseconds 4-10000 Randall2 thinks his Randall-squared
> type thoughts
> nd experience his Randall^2 life
> microsecond 10000-10001 the process starts all over again with
> Randall N
> being frozen for a
> microsecond, completing
> a full 100 copy &
> replace operations per second.
> So what would you make of your life? How can you be sure that it's
> not really
Well, I can't. I can't be sure, in the same way,
that the Old Ones won't return tomorrow to eat our
brains. But I don't much worry about them, either.
> In order to be consistent---which is okay---my guess is that "you"
> would have to conclude that "your" consciousness was a delusion,
> and that
> you might as well just kill yourself (modulo the effects on friends
> and relatives, etc.) because there was no "you" that had any
> duration and had no life to speak
> of. Am I correct?
As far as you go, yes. Thanks for putting "you"
in quotes, to show that you understand that I
don't think there's any single point of view, there.
Randall Randall <randall at randallsquared.com>
"Perhaps the real obstacle to the widespread adoption of CL is that
the language is inherently blasphemous." - Alan Crowe
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