Re: The role of consciousness.

From: Jeff L Jones (
Date: Tue Apr 15 2008 - 19:48:19 MDT

On Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 9:03 PM, Lee Corbin <> wrote:
> As you know, I go even further and if one of my copies had to
> die, they wouldn't particularly care which, so long as some ample
> reward to the remaining ones was provided.

Would you continue to say this no matter how differentiated your
copies became? (In other words, no matter how long the time period
was?) If so, then I think we have stumbled upon a real-world
difference between our opinions. So maybe it's not just an issue of
language after all :)

Consider this scenario: you get copied, and your copy moves to
another country. You both live out your lives for the next 10 years.
Your copy falls in love with a woman in the other country and gets
married, has 2 kids. You get a degree in biology, and start your own
company but remain single. You show up on his doorstep one day and
say "hey... I was wondering if you could disintegrate yourself. I was
promised a lot of money if you will do it." He says "no way... my
wife and kids need a father and would be very upset. I love them very
much. If anyone is going to disintegrate, it's got to be you." You
argue that you have a business to run, and a lot more "value" to
society having a technical degree. How would you ever resolve the
argument? You both have very different lives and different interests.


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