Tom Caylor writes:
[quoting Stathis Papaioannou]
But I don't really understand your objection: are you disagreeing that your
consciousness will continue as long as there is a successor OM somewhere, or
are you disagreeing that there will be a successor OM somewhere if
everything exists, or are you simply disagreeing that everything exists?
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I'm disagreeing that your consciousness will "continue" as long as there is
a successor OM somewhere. You have to consider the possibility that the
instances where there is a successor OM somewhere makes up a subset of
measure zero of the set needed for continued consciousness, whatever that
is. Of course this even assumes that our consciousness can even jump
across whatever boundaries there may be there, e.g. between universes. And
as I said before, I don't think that our identity is dependent on
consciousness anyway, so I'm basically playing the devil's advocate in
general when it comes to talking about the need and means of continued
consciousness. I'm thinking on a future post having to do with this, and
good experiences vs. bad experiences.
I must have missed the post where you said our identity is not dependent on
consciousness. How could this possibly be so? Are you suggesting that two
people can be identical and yet have completely different minds, memories
As for a successor OM having measure zero, why would this not be a problem
if the successor OM occurs in the same physical brain? How could it possibly
make any difference if it occurred a very long way away? If someone built an
Apple Mac Powerbook exactly to factory specifications, but in a billion
years time in the Andromeda Galaxy, wouldn't you expect it to work exactly
the same as the ones currently built by Apple? How is it even theoretically
possible that a copy of you exact in every detail could be distinguished
from the original?
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