Re: Can I kill the "original"?

Date: Sat May 20 2000 - 09:01:01 MDT

> > Can you suggest any experiments, at the end of which you can say whether
> > copies preserve the self-awareness of the original?

John Clark writes:
> Yes, provided you grant me that up to the time of the experiment the normal
> processes of living and growth have not destroyed my self-awareness and
> personal identity. If after using the Star Trek transported I still have my memories,
> my self awareness, feel no differently and others can see no difference then
> the damage to my identity is no greater than that all of us experience every
> day just by being alive.

But no one disagrees that these things will happen (with the possible
caveat about using the same word "I" for the before- and after-entities).

I keep saying, it is not an experiment if you already know the outcome.


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