Re: personal identity

Harvey Newstrom (
Fri, 09 Jan 1998 14:02:14 -0500

Hal Finney wrote:
> If Alcor restored you as a book, it would not be fundamentally different
> from restoring you as an upload who was not currently being run, or
> as a person who was still in suspension. The flaw is not in the fact
> that you are a book vs software vs meat, but that there may not be any
> provision to actually run the program and allow you to experience life.

Agreed. This is a better explanation of what I feel. The book might be
me, but I could not experience life in my new incarnation, or grow and
change. The definition of "me" has to be more than my current state, it
must include continuing experience and future potential.

Harvey Newstrom  <>