[ExI] [tt] Identity thread again
tara at taramayastales.com
Tue Apr 7 23:09:43 UTC 2015
My copy would be too chicken to jump into a volcano, but I would know that before making a copy, and never ask my copy to do so. If my copy had to self-destruct after completing a task, it would have to be quick and painless. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to make copies… I couldn’t bear the thought of hurting them or myself, I suspect.
But I also suspect I would be reluctant to destroy my copies. I would want to keep them all around as friends. So I might not be quite as efficient at making copies, preferring to have a few sturdy branches that kept growing to a multiplicity of stubby twigs.
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> On Apr 6, 2015, at 9:57 AM, John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 6, 2015 Rafal Smigrodzki <rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com <mailto:rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com>> wrote:
> > Well, I don't know about your copies, but my copy, after looking up its location and determining it is a copy created to accomplish a goal, would self-destruct in accordance with the decision that I, a mind identical to it, made before being copying.
> You think the other guy should slave away to accomplish some task and then kill himself, but if the other guy's mind is identical to yours then he thinks exactly the same thing and obviously that could lead to conflict. Science can find no difference between the original and the copy but whenever thought experiments of this sort come up people ALWAYS put themselves in the place of the original. ALWAYS. Just once as a mental exercise try putting yourself in the position of the copy. Would you even believe me if I told you that you were the copy? Even if you did believe me would you happily jump into a volcano if the original told you to? Why doesn't the original jump into the volcano, the two of you are identical so what makes him better than you?
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