Re: Why qualia might matter

From: Dan Fabulich (
Date: Tue Mar 27 2001 - 15:44:34 MST

Emlyn wrote:

> OK, try this...
> I probably would give up one minute. But the motivation is *not* self
> preservation. It's altruism, empathy for another being.

Right, yes, of course. That was my point. Answering the qualia
question only changes your answer to the question of *why* you'd
undergo destructive uploading, not *whether* you'd do so. Some people
think that they'd be able to preserve themselves that way, but even
those who don't should (and would!) undergo the process anyway, if
only for altruism's sake.

> I wouldn't, for one second, believe that I was in any way getting a chance
> to live on however, in this scenario. He's not me, he's someone else who
> resembles me quite strongly, excepting that when he's alive, I'll be dead,
> which I feel, personally, is a significant difference.

Fine, fine. But (and this was my point) what does it *matter*, since
you're making the same choice as someone who *did* think that they
were preserving themselves?

It seems to me that this philosophical distinction changes nothing
more than what we *call* this scenario (self-preservation/altruism)
and how we'll feel about it.

Now, with that said, maybe that's reason enough to say that it
matters. But *that* question feels pretty trivial, at least to me.


      -unless you love someone-
    -nothing else makes any sense-
           e.e. cummings

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