Re: Is a Person One or Many?

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Sun Mar 09 2008 - 19:31:56 MDT

Heartland writes (good to hear from you again, Slawomir!)

> Two instances of one type of thing are still two things, not one,
> regardless of what these things are or what they think they are.

They are two physical processes, all right. But they may constitute
two instances of the same pattern.

> This was true in the past and will be true in the future. I'm afraid that
> starting from the assumption that cool and potentially life-saving procedures
> such as teleportation/destructive uploading/cryonics do work (people are
> afraid of dying and want them to work) and then working backwards

Oh, tut, tut! Have more faith in us than that! :-) For examle, when I
was 18, I believed that one person (who physics suggested to me was
really a pattern---could be in two places at the same time, two decades
before I heard of cryonics, and began to worry about dying.


> to a convenient meaning of survival compatible with "These
> things will save me!" is a dead end.

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