Re: IDENTITY- What it means to be 'me'

From: John Clark (
Date: Fri Nov 30 2001 - 22:24:03 MST

Louis Newstrom <> Wrote:

>Say I have to variables, A and B. How can I tell if they are the "same
>identity" or not?

Swap A and B and then see if there is any detectable change in the system.
That's why I can say with confidence that the message you wrote on your
computer is the same one I'm reading now. And that's why an exact copy of
me is me.

> In our "copy" paradox

I see no paradox, unfamiliar things yes because nobody has yet seen and
exact copy of a person, but no paradox.

>I think that the fact that you CAN kill just one copy proves
>that they are not the same identity.

You may have blown the creatures brains out but if there is a identical copy
nothing has died.

           John K Clark

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