[ExI] Is a copy of you really you?

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Tue May 26 21:27:42 UTC 2020

On Wed, 27 May 2020 at 05:37, 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,
> Any takers?
> 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
> question?
> Any opinions?

They would be two versions of the same person each with equal claim to
being the original.

> --
Stathis Papaioannou
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