[extropy-chat] Indexical Uncertainty

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Wed Oct 18 19:07:58 UTC 2006

On Oct 16, 2006, at 4:55 PM, Russell Wallace wrote:

> On 10/16/06, Robin Hanson <rhanson at gmu.edu> wrote:
> I was just following Lee's notation.   A better name might be  
> "Index#2923".
> But it is more about minds than bodies.   You know you are a mind,  
> but you
> might not know which body that corresponds to.
> To see why it doesn't make sense to say "I might not be me",  
> consider that fundamentally there is nothing ontologically  
> privileged about one's past and future selves as opposed to other  
> people. Do you think it makes sense to ask "why am I currently my  
> current self as opposed to my 10 year old self or my 70 year old  
> self?"

Yep.  If it was high priority to contemplate such things I would  
retreat to a cave in the Himalayas.

- s
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