Action and identity (was Re: Upload rehearsal?)
Wed, 23 Oct 1996 20:55:12 -0500 (EST)

On Tue, 22 Oct 1996, Anders Sandberg wrote:

> On Mon, 21 Oct 1996, Chris Hind wrote:
> > The organism isn't static either and would be engineered to keep apace with
> > the brain. Besides, genetic engineered or 'wet' uploads will likely come
> > before 'dry' nano uploads and I want in ASAP.
> The clone question is just a matter of personal philosophy. You might
> dislike the idea of an identical clone living your life, I don't since I
> identify myself with what I *do*, not what I *am*.

Doesn't *doing* presuppose *identity* presuppose *existence*? Do you
identify yourself with only the top of this hierarchy, as actions
independent of the being to which they are ascribed? Am I reading to
much into your words!?

I ask b/c I too place great value on my actions-- Becoming as opposed to
mere existence. However, I am not inclined to leave my being->
identity behind.
The person that performs my actions has spent great effort to become this
being (that I call "me"), one whose actions are progressively more
effective and rewarding. (please pardon my pronouns!) The person who
decides what goal to pursue and what actions to take in its pursuit is
the one who defines their worth (actions and goals). That Beings purpose
is to Become.


Up and Over!

Michael Bowling