Re: IDENTITY-What it means to be 'me'

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Mon Dec 03 2001 - 18:20:07 MST

At 06:18 AM 12/3/01 -0800, Mark Walker wrote:

>as a Parfitian which
>would you prefer: a) To live another say 50 years (a "normal" life span), or
>b) die tomorrow and be replaced by an identical copy that will 1000 years?
>(Obviously, for some functionalist at least the choice is simply whether to
>live 50 or 1000 years. I have phrased the question so as not to beg the
>question against Parfitians et. al). I think most of us, no matter where we
>fall on the continuum you outline would take b, although I would be curious
>to hear from those that would take a.

I guess this just means I'm not a Parfitian, since my response is: are you

Yes, I know that I transition anyway in a blurry, overlapping way from
me_now via me_unconscious-in-sleep to me_tomorrow, but you do see that word
`die' up there in yr proposal? No, thank you.

Damien Broderick

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