Thanks, Stathis, for your words not too distant from
where I stand. As I wrote to Bruno, I assign my
present memory to my present viewing technology, not
to 'my' 5-year old as you refer to. 
You mention "sense of identity" - I think it is more
than just a 'sense': it is a reflective relation of
the 
individual mental processes to the wider relations of
its environment (more than ambience) so the impact is
fundamental, controlling more than just a 'sense'. 
Furthermore: I think we 'work up' our sensorial input
into 'meaning' - even control (suppress?) them, while
the 'identity' (or personality) is pervading - even
(controling) - our mentality. 
This is my lay opinion and I am still speculating on
it, not ready to defend. Replies appreciated.

John M


--- Stathis Papaioannou
<[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

We can't be sure that our memories are accurate. This
puts us in a 
similar position when we consider our own past as when
we consider someone 
else's past: we think that we know what it was like to
be five years 
old, but our brains may have changed so much in the
intervening years 
that this recollection may be little more vivid or
accurate than if we 
were imagining what someone else's childhood was like
after reading a book 
about it. There is no reason why every other mental
quality, including 
the sense of identity, might not also change greatly
over decades, with 
the only reason we think we remain the same person
being that this 
change is gradual.

Stathis Papaioannou

> 
> John Mikes writes (quoting Brent Meeker):
> 
> > > Well that's the question isn't it.  Is there
> > > something besides memories and personality that
> > > makes you you...
> >  
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