Re: The Pause that Refreshes

Date: Sat Jun 17 2000 - 12:16:43 MDT

Greg Burch writes:
> writes:
> > I've loved being a whole series of slightly different people, united by this
> > basic philosophy. I sometimes wonder what it would be like if I could have
> > all these different "selves"--the little child self, the teenaged self, the
> > young-adult self, etc. in a room with each other at the same time. I think
> > they'd like each other.
> Again it might be seen as deeply narcissistic by folks who haven't thought
> about the possibilities as long as some of us here have, but I think looking
> forward to something like this is one of the more exciting prospects of a
> truly post-human future. Assuming the ability to make copies of one's self,
> I can see the allure of literally having conversations among various versions
> of myself.

Not via this mechanism, but by time travel, David Gerrold's novel The Man
Who Folded Himself explores this idea. It also raises the sticky question
of whether having sex with yourself is homosexuality or masturbation...


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