Re: Uploading

Hal Finney (
Wed, 2 Sep 1998 10:08:08 -0700

Joe Jenkins, <>, writes:
> You said it sounds reasonable if I think it's me. Well, I think the
> other fellow at the party *is* me for all practical purposes.

You have to be careful with the line of reasoning that says you can just define yourself to be whatever you want. Otherwise I define "me" as including every member of the human race. Presto, I am virtually immortal, incredibly powerful, spread over the entire planet, able to work my will virtually anywhere. (Of course I do have a bit of trouble making up my mind.) This seems to be a very attractive definition of identity from the pragmatic point of view. But somehow it seems to miss the point, doesn't it?