Re: Sincere Questions on Identity

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Thu Dec 13 2001 - 08:33:26 MST

Eugene Leitl wrote:
> On Thu, 13 Dec 2001, Clint O'Dell wrote:
> > Now both beings wake up. Which one is you?
> You must have ingested some heavy mindaltering substances, to have trouble
> finding out who of them is you.

*BZZZZT* ad hominem! Zero tolerance policy! Throw Eugene out the
airlock! The last Extropian to be voted off the space station wins all
the marbles.

> > Same body. Same personality. Same memories. Which one is you? Are you the
> > one who was put to sleep and came in that day to be cloned? Or was that the
> > other you and you are just the copy?
> You're the one looking at the other guy. The other guy is looking at you.
> Can't be that hard, can it?

Most responders seem to have missed the point of this simple but correct
answer - after all, Clint asked "Which one is you?", not "Which one is the
old you?"

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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