[ExI] simulation as an improvement over reality.

John Clark jonkc at bellsouth.net
Fri Dec 31 21:08:17 UTC 2010

On Dec 31, 2010, at 1:22 PM, Damien Broderick wrote:

> Dear dog in Himmel! NOBODY HAS EVER DENIED THIS! An exact copy of you MUST experience himself as you. That's not the problem. The real issue nobody ever seems to answer was posed by Stuart:
> "you should be alright with your long lost twin brother showing up, locking you in the cellar,
> and assuming your identity. Or cheating death by brainwashing someone else into
> honestly believing they are you."
> You'd be okay with that, Ben?

Damien, that is an extremely stupid question and I think you're smart enough to realize it was a stupid question; if you're not now embarrassed in asking it you damn well should be.

> Yes, the copy experiences self and world exactly as you do and is therefore *a*  you. No, *you* here and now have no stake (other than empathy or envious hatred) in that replica consciousness

And so you believe that you can copy everything about you EXCEPT for the very most important part, The Thing That Must Not Be Mentioned; at least not mentioned if you don't want to be laughed at by the scientifically minded, the thing that starts with the letter "s". 

 John K Clark 

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