Re: personal identity

Harvey Newstrom (
Thu, 08 Jan 1998 09:32:08 -0500

Robin Helweg-Larsen wrote:
> Wei Dai wrote:
> > Here is my tentative philosophy of personal identity: anyone who remembers
> > being me is me. By "remebers being me" I mean he/she/it has a memory of my
> > current thoughts and perceptions from my current perspective.
> What if the uploaded memories were fed into a fresh body? What if identical
> copies were fed into several fresh bodies? What if the original brain and
> body were not still around? What if they were? Would you be the original (if
> it existed), the program, or one or more of the copies?

Worse still, what if all your identity data were printed out in a book?
Would a paperback be "you"?

Harvey Newstrom  <>