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Mon May 18 00:41:17 UTC 2020

On Sunday, May 17, 2020, 04:23:26 PM PDT, John Clark via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote: 
On Sun, May 17, 2020 at 4:54 PM Ben via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On 17/05/2020 21:23, Darin Sunley wrote:
>>  > Put another way, there is a deeply meaningful difference between "me"
>>> and "a copy of me". We have strongly differing preferences as to whose
>>> key opens the locks to my house, and whose bank account "my" employer
>>> deposits "my" paycheque into.
>> You are simply talking about two versions of 'me'. 'Me1' and 'Me2'. In a 
> situation where there are two of you, and only one set of belongings, of 
> course there would be a conflict. This has nothing to do with the 
> argument about whether a 'copy of you' is 'you' or not.

> You and an exact copy of you are facing each other an equal distance from the center of a symmetrical room. I have a switch and tell you that when I throw it you will instantly exchange positions. When I do you would notice no difference, you could not even determine if I was telling the truth; the switch might have been connected to nothing, or maybe not, but either way it makes no difference to you#1 or to you#2. And if it makes no difference it would be pointless to pretend that there are 2 different yous.


Considering all the abusive, cruel, and unusual experiments that marked the early days of psychology as an empirical science, I am a little surprised that nobody ever tried to raise a set of identical twins as if they were the same person. These days, it would be too controversial to perform.

Stuart LaForge

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