[ExI] Is a copy of you really you?
giulio at gmail.com
Thu May 28 06:58:58 UTC 2020
Imagine that Star Trek -like teleportation is discovered: A technology
able to make you disappear from here and appear there. I guess
initially there would be those who insist that the teleported version
of you is not you but "only a copy." But then, if everyone starts
using teleporters all the time, the objections would just die out.
On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 8:54 AM Stathis Papaioannou via extropy-chat
<extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 28 May 2020 at 16:18, Giulio Prisco via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> "They would be two versions of the same person each with equal claim
>> to being the original.... This is the conclusion reached in the early
>> 90s on this list.... This subject was beaten to death long ago."
>> This is still my conclusion, and yes this thing was beaten to death
>> long ago. Not solved - there are those who disagree, and nothing will
>> change their mind. But I tend to stay away from discussions of
>> is-a-copy-really-you? and all that. Time and sci/tech will eventually
> Time and sci/tech will not tell, because there is no possible evidence that will convince those who disagree. However, what would happen over time if duplication became commonplace is that those who do not believe a copy is really them would end up a disadvantaged minority and the belief would eventually die out.
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