Re: [sl4] Uploading into a deterministic sim vs Many worlds

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Sun Oct 26 2008 - 19:18:13 MDT

2008/10/27 William Pearson <>:
> 2008/10/26 Stathis Papaioannou <>:
>> 2008/10/27 William Pearson <>:
>>> Let us say you believe in many worlds and you had been offered the
>>> chance to upload into a deterministic simulation to live forever, any
>>> quantum randomness would be generated by PRNG. It would be so good,
>>> you wouldn't know you had been uploaded. Assuming you value the lives
>>> of people you will never encounter, should you upload?
>> Personally, I don't think of the loss of potential people as a real
>> loss. I only worry about already existing people who can anticipate
>> their own death.
> I don't think infants and toddlers can anticipate their deaths... they
> may not like pain but they have to learn about death itself later on.
> Care to refine your position?

In an unsophisticated way, infants and animals can anticipate their
deaths, since they formulate desires and plans, which would be
thwarted if they die. This can't be said for organisms without nervous
systems, nor for potential organisms that might never be realised.

Stathis Papaioannou

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