[ExI] mind body dualism.

John Clark jonkc at bellsouth.net
Sun Jul 11 14:53:07 UTC 2010

On Jul 11, 2010, at 5:16 AM, Stefano Vaj wrote:

>> I hate to break it to you Damien, but at the deepest level our bodies are
>> fungible and if you don't like that fact feel free to rage about it if that
>> makes you feel better. It won't change a thing.
> It is true however that some paradoxes are hardly avoidable.

I am not aware of any paradoxes in this issue; some odd situations yes but not paradoxes.

> Let us take again teleport. Imagine a teleline employee telling you. "Sir, I am pleased to inform
> you that your details have been correctly received by our Vancouver station and you are in the process of being reconstituted right now. 

My question would be: When you say "your details have been correctly received" does that include the details about what you're saying to me right now?

> Now, let us proceed to the destruction phase of the process".
> I would be the first to scream and run.

I'd be running and screaming before you if the answer was "no". It's just a little quirk of mine, I don't like having a last thought and I dislike knowing this is my last thought even more.

> OTOH, if such "destruction" is an instantaneous processus taking place
> prior or simultaneously with my exiting the gate in Vancouver, I
> assume that (almost) nobody would really care

I wouldn't care in the slightest but for some reason most on this list would, but only if you told them it was happening because otherwise they would have no way of knowing it had even occurred. In fact just telling them would not be enough because nobody would believe it, you'd have to provide ironclad proof and then they'd get upset thinking they were dead or some such nonsense. 

> And yet one would be hard pressed to define the difference.

I don't know what you're talking about, the two cases are clearly and objectively discernible. 

  John K Clark

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