[ExI] Essential Upload Data

Ben ben at zaiboc.net
Fri May 22 21:52:56 UTC 2020

On 22/05/2020 13:34,  Re Rose wrote:
> I have said the following about a grillion times - a copy thinking it 
> is me doesn't make it me

Well, you've certainly said it a number of times, but the odd thing is 
that you've never really explained why this should be true. I, and 
several others, think that a good-enough 'copy' (I'm becoming less keen 
on that word, because it leads to confused thinking, imo) has to be 
'you'. The only alternative is if magical thinking is right, and 
supernatural phenomena  are actually real, instead of imaginary. Which I 
severely doubt.

At the risk of repeating myself, I think that information is the only 
important thing, with respect to individual identity. Not atoms, not any 
mystical unspecified essence, just information. This means, inescapably, 
that if the information that constitutes the mind that is 'me', is 
duplicated or translated into another embodiment, then the mind that is 
me is duplicated or translated. This means that the totally unfamiliar 
and bizarre phenomenon of there being two or more 'you's is actually 
possible, even though it has never occurred before.

The only thing to be determined is, what level of detail is good enough, 
and that's doubtless something that we'll find out in time.

Ben Zaiboc

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