Re: The role of consciousness.

From: Stuart Armstrong (
Date: Wed Apr 16 2008 - 14:49:15 MDT

> For ten million dollars, would you agree to be instantly
> and painlessly (except for possible "psychological"
> (irrational) "pain") disintegrated, so that an exact duplicate of you
> made ten seconds ago can be reanimated
> and learn that the money has been deposited to the John K.
> Clark bank account?

No, for myself. Adding the caveat about there being no time to form a
conscious thought, I would agree.

Then if you want to really get my ideas confused, add something along
the lines of "but the copy due to be disintegrated will never realise
that it is going to be disintegrated", and I'd be flustered and
embarassed and unable to answer. Though still probably no.

But you need to add something more attractive than ten million dollars
- maybe the non-death of someone you love? Then I'd accept even the
original bet.


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