firstname.lastname@example.org (Harvey Newstrom) writes:
No, after you shoot it, the body and brain is not still alive. However
the person is still alive.
> Hal Finney <email@example.com> wrote:
> > I would say that the consciousness of "the person" resides equally in the
> > copy and in the upload (so long as they are synchronized; once they get
> > out of sync they are not the same, of course). Hence stopping one of
> > them does not stop the consciousness of the person.
> > So in your example, I'd say that the body and brain is alive, but that
> > killing it does not kill the person, because the person encompasses more
> > than that body.
> You didn't answer the question. You said before you shoot it, the body
> and brain are alive. After you shoot it, are the body and brain still
No, after you shoot it, the body and brain is not still alive. However the person is still alive.
As a somewhat misleading analogy, we could say that a person's finger is alive, and if you cut it off, it is not still alive, but the person is still alive. A better example, based on my earlier discussion, is that a program is running on a redundant system, and when you eliminate part of the redundancy, the program continues to run.