[ExI] Let's play What If.

John Clark jonkc at bellsouth.net
Thu Oct 28 16:09:43 UTC 2010

On Oct 28, 2010, at 11:21 AM, Damien Broderick wrote:

> since how this magical technology works is totally undefined

In a thought experiment of this sort all you need is for the technology not to violate any of the known laws of physics, it is unnecessary to explain how it works as long as it could theoretically work. Calling it magical is just a cheap shot.

> he didn't *wake up* in the scanning room, he just lay there or sat there while he was scanned, as we do when being X-rayed, then he got up, had a cup of tea, and went on his way out the same door he entered.

And at that point you can relax knowing that you had dodged a bullet, something you could not have done 5 minutes before.

> The copies all experience something other than that: an abrupt lurch of location

Exactly, and until the instant of that abrupt lurch their lives were identical to yours with all your hopes fears and dreams, they remember all that every bit as vividly as you do. Until that abrupt lurch they were you, but they are no longer, although they are still all Damien Broderick.

 John K Clark

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