Re: The Copy Paradox

Wesley Schwein (
Sat, 15 Nov 1997 17:04:55 -0500 (EST)

On Fri, 14 Nov 1997, Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:

> fundamental distinction. Most of the talk here about identity is
> just arguing definitions for the natural-language "I", and there
> are two axes of argument: one, does it refer to hardware or to
> software (to which I think most here will agree upon the latter),
> and the second axis, does "I" refer to the particular instantiation
> of the pattern (in Lojban "le sevzi") or to the abstraction of the
> pattern independent of particular instances ("le ka sevzi"). The
> answer to that is again just a matter of language convention, not
> the subject of rational debate.

Oops, I see. You mean personal identity; I thought we were still
discussing language, not back to uploading/copying.

Wesley Schwein Art is not a mirror; art is a hammer.