[extropy-chat] How to be copied into the future?
Thomas at thomasoliver.net
Mon Apr 30 00:54:12 UTC 2007
Jef Allbright wrote:
>If this debate ever develops from "what is personal identity" to "what
>do we mean by person identity" then it might get interesting.
I've certainly been guilty of assuming everyone agreed on my definition
of a vague term. Remember our frustrating discussion of "coercion?"
But can polling for a probablistic consensus save us from being wrong?
In considering the heap paradox
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorites_paradox> it occurred to me that it
could be resolved by defining a sand heap as a minimum of four grains of
sand with three grains forming a stable platform to elevate and support
a fourth. Perhaps the observer function constitutes the minimum
property of personal identity. I'll give it more thought when I get the
time. -- Thomas
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