Re: Uploading and Consciousness (was: electronic intelligence and ethics)

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri Feb 25 2000 - 12:32:18 MST

Joseph Sterlynne wrote:

> >> Joseph Sterlynne
> > Mike Lorrey
> >> As far as I can tell it seems that the way to feel that your awareness is
> >> continuous is to use a replacement method.
> >
> >At which point its time to start lobbying for the forced abortion of all
> >twins.
> >ONLY ONE BABY PER BIRTH! A scanned upload is not the original, but a softclone
> >of the original. As far as the rest of the world is concerned, it does not
> >matter, of course, but to the individual, the rest of the world can go suck
> >eggs.
> I'm certainly not suggesting that we ban scanning or that people won't wish to
> use that method. I'm just saying that if the above is true then scanning
> produces two individuals, one of whom is rather disappointed.
> If you want to start a chapter of Scanned Parenthood, though, that's your
> business.

I guess you missed my irony. I agree with you, but despite the fun logical tricks
of people like John Clark, an upload created from a scan is NOT the same individual
as the individual who was scanned.

Mike Lorrey

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