Re: Can I kill a Copy? (long)

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Thu May 04 2000 - 20:25:45 MDT

"Zero Powers" <> wrote on Thursday, May 04, 2000 6:46
> >From: "Harvey Newstrom" <>
> >It took a lot of thought, but I finally have an explanation for my
> >on the question of killing copies.
> Killing a sentient being, whether an identical twin, an exact replica of
> or even a sentient computer, should be a crime. If it is sentient (and
> perhaps even if it is not) it has rights, first and foremost to life. I
> realize the thrust of your post wasn't exactly "when is it OK to murder a
> sentient being?" But you did seem to believe its OK for you to do away
> an intelligent being, so long as the intelligent being is an exact replica
> of you. Those on the list who feel that way, may want to try putting
> themselves in the shoes of the replica and imagining how they'd feel about
> such a policy.

Just to clarify, I was arguing *against* that belief. I restated the belief
to recap what I had heard here on the list.

Harvey Newstrom <>
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