Re: Uploading

Randall R Randall (
Sat, 22 Aug 1998 02:18:03 -0400

On Fri, 21 Aug 1998 10:41:02 -0400 "John Clark" <> writes:

>Randall R Randall <> August 21, 1998
>>It does seem odd that he'd [John] suddenly reverse his position
>>with so little warning, doesn't it? ;-)
>Reversed my position? When? Where? I always said that death means having
>last thought, and provided you have up to date backup, you can't have a
>thought. In the thought experiment proposed for Mr. 87 and the 99 other
>copies the last 10 hours of their life was heading for a dead end and a
>last thought, this was not true for Mr. Original, hence the asymmetry.

Depends on your assumptions, no? If you assume that all the copies are the same person, then they aren't having a *last* thought, but only a few that are unrelated to the next, exactly as a person with amnesia might. If you begin by assuming that they are *not* the same person, then all of the copies have a last thought. This seems to me to be a pretty clear reversal, since you have previously argued that the copies in a situation like this are all manifestations of one person, rather than people in their own right.


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