[ExI] A dispassionate examination of being an upload.

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Mon Sep 20 02:23:59 UTC 2010

2010/9/19 Alan Grimes <agrimes at speakeasy.net>:

> Therefore it necessarily follows that if you then replace all the atoms
> at once with a completely different substance that bares no resemblance
> (never mind temporal or spatial connection) to the original in either
> outward appearance or the mechanism of its operation, it can not be
> anything other than the exact same person!!! =PPP

What exactly are you saying here?
1. If the atoms are replaced by identical ones, is that OK?
2. If the atoms are replaced gradually, but not all at once, is that OK?
3. If the atoms are replaced with functional equivalents - for
example, if the calcium ion channels are replaced with tiny mechanical
devices operated by magnetic fields - is that OK?
4. If you don't believe the above replacement processes are OK would
you experience a gradual mental change corresponding to the physical
change, and if so how is that possible given that observable
(including self-observable) neurological function would be the same?

Stathis Papaioannou

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