Re: mind/body duplication

Mon, 2 Feb 1998 23:49:45 -0700 (MST)

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Date: Mon, 2 Feb 1998 23:48:43 -0700 (MST)
From: MARTIN ANDREW LLYN <martinal@ucsu.Colorado.EDU>
Subject: Re: Silly.con

This (the follow email) makes perfects sense, the thing that confuses me

(excuss my incoherent rambling, I do become repetative)

1. person undergos perfect suspended animation
2. half their atoms ( randomly picked ) are plucked out of their body and
brain and replaced by other atoms. The plucked out atoms are joined to new
3. net result
two individuals in suspended animation that are perfect copies of each
other and only differ in
1) what random assembly/reassemble mistakes were made
2) and which suspension vat they are in.

4) What happen when they wake up. Who went to sleep, who woke up, who was

It makes me slightly dizzy, but that doesn't mean there is a problem, or
any need to invoke the supernatural, but I'ld feel better if I wasn't
cloned (mind and body) in suspension, even though we'ld become two totally
differnt people (with shared memories) And there is certainly nothing
wrong with that, its just creation of another person. But what happened to
the old one ? I'ld rather be a new twin and think I had been frozen
earlier than be a person going into a freezing and duplication process and
being confused about how a person can be split in two and become two
differnent individual.

Can anyone explain away this apprehension in a logical/scientific manner ?

On Tue, 3 Feb 1998, Ho-Sheng Hsiao wrote:

> On Mon, 2 Feb 1998, Justin Smith wrote:
> > How about a little thought experiment? Suppose that over a period of time
> > every neuron of your brain was replaced with an artificial neuron that
> > emulated the behavior of the neuron it replaced. Only one neuron at a time
> > would be replaced, so there would be no abrupt change in the physical
> > structure of your brain. After a while, your entire brain would consist of
> > artificial neurons. You wouldn't even notice a difference. At what point
> > did you cease to exist, if at all?