Re: Why qualia might matter

From: Dan Fabulich (
Date: Tue Mar 27 2001 - 02:49:57 MST

Emlyn wrote:

> Dan Fabulich wrote:
> > Actually, even in the uploading case, it doesn't matter.
> >
> > Consider a situation where you're going to die, no matter what, in
> > five minutes. You have the option, however, of sacrificing your life
> > a minute early so that a very imperfect copy of you can be created and
> > live on.
> >
> > So, either five minutes, no copy, or four minutes, with a copy. The
> > choice to me seems clear, no matter WHAT your views on identity,
> > qualia, and the effectiveness of immortality-via-backup are.
> Why do I care if a copy lives on? Five minutes, you bet.

You bear a significantly closer relationship to your copies than you
do towards your children. Can you reconcile taking this attitude
towards your copies and not your children?

Or do you take that attitude towards children as well?


      -unless you love someone-
    -nothing else makes any sense-
           e.e. cummings

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