Re: Is a Person One or Many?

From: John K Clark (
Date: Thu Mar 13 2008 - 11:27:40 MDT

On Wed, 12 Mar 2008 16:05:55 -0700, "Lee Corbin" <>

> I get the same answers as almost everyone here did to Eliezer's
> puzzle, namely odds of 100:1 for seeing heads.

And almost everyone is dead wrong, the correct answer is one chance in

> What about this: I no longer think of Lee Corbin as a thing,
> but just refer to the "Lee Corbin process"?

You may create processes just as you may create things but you are
neither a process nor a thing, you are a description, a description of
matter when it is organized like Lee Corbin. When you look at it like
that all the “paradoxes” about identity fall away.

> but you've used nouns throughout this whole discussion to
> refer to yourself and to others.

Yes that is true. Unfortunately the English language just was not set up
to do certain things very well. Douglas Addams said the most difficult
thing about time travel is getting the tenses right.

  John K Clark

  John K Clark
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