[ExI] Is a copy of you really you?
stathisp at gmail.com
Wed May 27 00:29:54 UTC 2020
On Wed, 27 May 2020 at 10:23, William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <
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> The discussion so far has managed to sidestep an earlier issue -
> Let's assume that this impossible operation is done while the original is
> asleep. When he wakes up he feels normal - right? The copy wakes up and
> what? They do not, cannot, share a consciousness, right? But the copy has
> all the memories of the original and so thinks he is that person whose mind
> and body he occupies. When told what happened he becomes psychotic - my
There is no basis for saying that one is the original and the other a copy.
The reaction of the person to suddenly having a copy of himself would vary
from person to person. Some would be pleased, others would be disturbed.
On Tue, May 26, 2020 at 4:30 PM Stathis Papaioannou via extropy-chat <
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>> On Wed, 27 May 2020 at 05:37, Ben via extropy-chat <
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>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> Any opinions?
>> They would be two versions of the same person each with equal claim to
>> being the original.
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