Russell, 

IMO ANY argument ("set of assumptions") "is" truly
believable for people with a mindset that finds it so
(truly believable that is.)
Also Jesse's 'need' for a high level qualia-assignment
is human postulate upon things more than just human.

We have the bad habit to think with our human mind
(some, of course are immune to any thinkng) and accept
our own human delusions as the 'truth' in our
thinking.

But, Alas, how else could we do it?

John M

--- Russell Standish <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> 
> Well yes, I suppose there is a set of assumptions
> about persons that
> makes the argument work, the trouble is can we come
> up with a truly
> believable set of assumptions? (My comment also on
> Jesse Mazer's post also).
> 
> This is good - it is delving deeper into Parfit's
> argument, exposing
> subtle traps within.
> 
> Cheers 
> 
> On Tue, May 30, 2000 at 03:07:49AM +0200, Saibal
> Mitra wrote:
> > 
> > There must exist a ''high level'' program that
> specifies a person in terms
> > of qualia. These qualia are ultimately defined by
> the way neurons are
> > connected, but you could also think of persons in
> terms of the high-level
> > algorithm, instead of the ''machine language''
> level algorithm specified by
> > the neural network.
> > 
> > The interpolation between two persons is more
> easily done in the high level
> > language. Then you do obtain a continuous path
> from one person to the other.
> > For each intermediary person, you can then try to
> ''compile'' the program to
> > the corresponding neural network.
> > 
> 
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