> Stathis Papaioannou writes: > > Here is another irrational belief I hold, while I'm confessing. I am > > absolutely convinced that continuity of personal identity is a kind of > > illusion. If I were to be painlessly killed every second and immediately > > replaced by an exact copy, with all my memories, beliefs about being me, > > etc., I would have no way of knowing that this was happening, and indeed I > > believe that in a sense this IS happening, every moment of my life. Now, > > suppose I am offered the following deal. In exchange for $1 million > > deposited in my bank account, tonight I will be killed with a sharp axe in > > my sleep, and in the morning a stranger will wake up in my bed who has been > > brainwashed and implanted with all my memories at my last conscious moment. > > This stranger will also have had plastic surgery so that he looks like me, > > and he will then live life as me, among other things spending the $1 million > > which is now in my bank account.
Stathis: Would YOU stay alive to observe? or would your self- (ego) also merge into that 'stranger' in which case IT IS YOU, not a stranger? (Such exchanges (much less perfect) occurs when someone is steeling your Social Security # and/or internet passwords (ha ha). Your thought experiment is neither so thought, nor so strange.) EPR was a better one. John Mikes