[ExI] Is a copy of you really you?
ben at zaiboc.net
Tue May 26 19:35:31 UTC 2020
OK, I've still not heard anything from anyone who subscribes to the 'a
copy of you is not you' school of thought, about my 'amoeba' question,
To reiterate the question:
If an entire person could be replicated in a similar way to how an
amoeba reproduces (every organelle in every cell is reproduced and
randomly assigned to one of two daughter cells, which then separate,
maintaining all the relationships with all the other cells in the
relevant daughter organism) how would you regard the two resultant people?
Would they be two completely new people, unrelated to the original (who
could now be regarded as dead), would they be two versions of the same
person, each with an equally valid claim to be 'the original' (just as I
can claim to be the 'original me' of 10 minutes ago), or would they be
something else I've not thought about?
Or is this thought experiment somehow flawed, and not relevant to the
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