Re: personal identity

Wei Dai (
Thu, 8 Jan 1998 18:20:43 -0800

On Thu, Jan 08, 1998 at 09:32:08AM -0500, Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> Worse still, what if all your identity data were printed out in a book?
> Would a paperback be "you"?

I would say yes. If you answer differently, try this question instead: is
a cryogenically frozen head of yours you? What if the only way to revive
it is to completely take it apart molecule by molecule and put it back
together again? I see no essential difference between this situation and
the book.