RE: Sincere Questions on Identity

From: Emlyn O'regan (
Date: Wed Dec 12 2001 - 23:54:56 MST

> I don't think there's anyone here who will rationally argue
> with the contention that if I underwent a non-destructive
> atom-by-atom copy process, two 100-kg lumps of matter would wake
> up with the memeories I presently call "mine", as well as the
> sensations, perceptions, values, desires, and intentions I call
> mine. It doesn't matter to me which one I call "me", what
> matters is what actual consequences will this action have on
> the world, are they likely to happen in the future, and which
> of them are good and bad?

Given that it doesn't matter to you which one of a set of similar Lees is
you, why do you care of any of them is? Do you in fact care if any of them
is "you"? With respect to what do you judge the consequences of the action
that you describe above? Why?


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