RE: life extension advocacy plans (fear of Tithonus) --> worryingaboutthebrain

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Tue Jul 10 2001 - 04:23:15 MDT

On Mon, 9 Jul 2001, L B wrote:

> Uh, pardon my ignorance, but if I made a backup copy
> of myself and I were still around, which one is me?
> Where would the unique me live? Would I have two
> vantage points at all times?

A backup copy is a static image, not a process, and is hence not you but a
you-potential. As soon you reactivate it, while you're still around,
there's a fork, and there are two distinct individuals. Under very
synthetic, contrieved circumstances you can maintain n copies in perfect
synch (deterministic process with identical input; trajectory forcing), in
such circumstances there is only one process, albeit occuring in different
places, and there is no fork.

You can also heal small forks with trajectory forcing, but it's

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