Re: Sincere Questions on Identity

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sat Dec 15 2001 - 02:17:32 MST

"Dickey, Michael F" wrote:
> From: Clint O'Dell []
> (This message did not appear to go through, sorry if it ends up going
> through twice... - Michael)
> "Say you walk into a store that makes perfect copies of people. You know
> before hand you are going to copy yourself. You remember being put to sleep
> for the process. As a joke, while the two beings with identical memories,
> etc. are sleeping the doctors decide to put you both in a human shuffling
> machine where when each person came out nobody knew who was who.
> Now both beings wake up. Which one is you?"
> --------------------------
> Making it impossible to tell which one was the original does not negate the
> fact that *one* of them _was_ the original, and thus experienced subjective
> continuity...
> Michael

Sorry. This breaks the posited conditions that the copy is
perfect - presumably
including every bit of your experienced subjective continuity.

- samantha

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