Yet another thought experiment for your consideration. You are offered the option of 10 years of normal life, or being cloned 20 times with each clone living one year. I would choose the 10 years; if I chose the 20 clones, each one of those clones would be kicking themselves for their stupidity. I take it you would choose the 20 clones, and each of your clones would be smug in the knowledge that they have doubled their effective runtime?
Stathis Papaioannou

> To:
> Subject: RE: A calculus of personal identity
> Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 22:52:07 -0700
> Stathis wrote
> > Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 5:53 AM
> > which is why in symmetrical duplication experiments I anticipate
> > that I will become one of the duplicates with equal probability.
> What do you think of your survival chances if you happen to know
> that after you fall asleep tonight, you will be disintegrated,
> but the information will be used to create two exact duplicates,
> and then one of the duplicates is vaporized and the other 
> returned to your bed completely unaware?
> Zero?  (I.e., you don't survive the "teleportation" aspect at all.)
> One-half?  (I.e., your soul goes into one at random, and if that's
>             the one that dies, then your number is up.)
> One?   (I.e., Stathis will wake up in bed for sure tomorrow, and
>         resume his life just as he has done everyday (since our
>          fiendish experiments began when he was five years old))
> Lee
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