Re: Why qualia might matter

From: Dan Fabulich (
Date: Wed Mar 28 2001 - 00:26:48 MST

Emlyn wrote:

> I think these points of view are not equivalent. Particularly, I think there
> are more moderate scenarios (give up the rest of your life even though you
> are healthy, to let an upload live instead), in which behaviour is not
> equivalent. If I though it would be *me* going into the machine, I'd go for
> it (selfish), but if I thought it would be someone like me who is not me;
> they can bite me (altruism, or lack of). So it is not clear that we would
> choose destructive upload whether identically, given different motives.

My counterargument is the argument from scale which I gave earlier.
If the upload's life was going to be orders of magnitude longer the
time you have left, then the case is the same, whether it's a question
of you living one extra minute vs. the copy living 50 more years, or
your living 50 more years vs. the copy living millions of years.


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

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