[ExI] Is a copy of you really you?

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Tue May 26 19:49:19 UTC 2020

On Tue, May 26, 2020 at 12:37 PM Ben via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> 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,

I can reply, though I do not subscribe to that train of thought.

> 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?

Personally, I would regard them starting out as the same person, but
immediately becoming two distinct people who used to be the same person.

"You" is timeline-dependent.  The "you" of tomorrow is not the "you" of
today, and neither are the "you" of yesterday.
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