Re: Can I kill the original?

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Sun May 07 2000 - 21:09:42 MDT

The real "Dan Fabulich" <> didn't write:
> By "this consciousness stream," I meant the thing that you make copies of,
> not the whole copy system. "This consciousness stream" is the object the
> whole set of which constitutes me. (Though, at present, that set is a
> singleton.) "This consciousness stream" is whatever would be terminated
> while the copy lived on.
> I DO take it as an intrinsic end to preserve the copy system, because
> that's me, though not any individual in the copy system, because those are
> unimportant.

Interesting. I take the exact opposite view. I have existed for too long
without a copy system to think of it as being an intrinsic part of me. The
individual consciousness stream is the only one I've ever known, and it is
hard to define it as not being an intrinsic part of me.

Maybe I'm just being selfish, but I can't experience the life of that other
consciousness stream. If I live, we will diverge. If I die, I still won't
live that other life. I don't want that other consciousness stream to take
over. I prefer to find a way for this consciousness stream to continue.

Harvey Newstrom <>
IBM Certified Senior Security Consultant,  Legal Hacker, Engineer, Research
Scientist, Author.

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