[extropy-chat] cryonicist living life in reverse

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky sentience at pobox.com
Fri Mar 2 03:58:15 UTC 2007

Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> I probably shouldn't spoil a good story with philosophy, but there is no 
> difference between living your life forward and living your life in 
> reverse, provided that each expereince is exactly the same at each 
> moment in each case,  e.g. you don't remember being 40 when you are 20. 
> It is like imagining that you swap places with George Bush: if you 
> remember being you when you are him then something interesting has 
> happened, but if you instantaneously swap over his body and mind for 
> your body and mind, then no-one will notice any difference, and in fact 
> it could have happened while you read the last sentence.

Hear hear.

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                          http://singinst.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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