Re: Can I kill a Copy? (long)

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Thu May 04 2000 - 16:46:53 MDT

>From: "Harvey Newstrom" <>

>It took a lot of thought, but I finally have an explanation for my position
>on the question of killing copies.

Killing a sentient being, whether an identical twin, an exact replica of you
or even a sentient computer, should be a crime. If it is sentient (and
perhaps even if it is not) it has rights, first and foremost to life. I
realize the thrust of your post wasn't exactly "when is it OK to murder a
sentient being?" But you did seem to believe its OK for you to do away with
an intelligent being, so long as the intelligent being is an exact replica
of you. Those on the list who feel that way, may want to try putting
themselves in the shoes of the replica and imagining how they'd feel about
such a policy.


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