Tom Caylor writes:

> After many life-expectancy-spans worth of narrow escapes, after
> thousands or millions of years, wouldn't the probability be pretty high
> for my personality/memory etc. to change so much that I wouldn't
> recognize myself, or that I could be more like another person than my
> original self, and so for all practical purposes wouldn't I be another
> person?  How do I know this hasn't happened already?  If it has, what
> difference does it make?  Isn't it true that the only realities that
> matter are the ones that make any difference to my reality?  (almost a
> tautology)

The only guarantee fom QTI is that you will experience a "next moment": 
that there exists an observer moment in the universe which considers your 
present moment to be its predecessor. This leads to difficulties with partial 
memory loss, which are not unique to QTI but might actually occur in real life. 
For example, if you are in a car crash and end up in a vegetative state, this 
is usually taken as being effectively the same as ending up dead. If you wake 
up after the accident mentally intact except you have forgotten what you had 
for breakfast that morning then you have survived in much the same way you 
would have if you had never had the accident. If you consider that the world 
splits and there are only these two outcomes, or if you consider a 
teleportation 
experiment in which you are reconstituted in these two states at separate 
receiving stations, the conclusion seems straightforward enough: you will 
survive 
the ordeal having lost only your memory of what you had for breakfast. 

Now, consider a situation where there are 10 possible outcomes, or 10 possible 
teleportation destinations, ranging from #1 vegetative state (or headless 
corpse) 
to #10 intact except for memory of breakfast. In this scheme, #8 might be 
intact 
except you have forgotten 10% of what you have done in the past year, while 
#3 might be you have forgotten everything except what you learned before the 
age of two years. What is your expectation of survival in this situation?

Stathis Papaioannou
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