Brent meeker writes:
> Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> > Peter Jones writes:
> >>> I think it is simpler to go back to your own clones-in-the-next-room
> >>> example
> >>> rather than introducing the complication of neurophysiology (or indeed
> >>> physics).
> >>> You are informed that your current stream of consciousness is either being
> >>> generated by
> >>> (a) a temporal sequence of clones, each of which lives for a second, then
> >>> is
> >>> instantly killed, and replaced by the next one in the series a
> >>> microsecond later
> >>> or
> >>> (b) a spatial series of clones, each of which lives for a second, then is
> >>> instantly
> >>> killed, such that the whole experiment goes for a second but uses multiple
> >>> adjacent rooms
> >>> You have to guess whether you are in experiment (a) or (b). If
> >>> appropriate care
> >>> is taken to provide you with no external clues do you think you would be
> >>> able to
> >>> guess the right answer with greater than 1/2 probability?
> >> It's quite possible that neither scenario can support a
> >> subjective flow of time.
> > Here is another thought experiment. You are watching an object moving
> > against a
> > stationary background at a velocity of 10 m/s. Suddenly, the object seems
> > to instantly
> > jump 10 metres in the direction of motion, and then continues as before at
> > 10 m/s. You
> > are informed that one of the following three events has taken place:
> > (a) your consciousness was suspended for 1 second, as in an absence seizure;
> > (b) you were scanned, annihilated, and a perfect copy created in your place
> > 1 second
> > later;
> > (c) nothing unusual happened to you, but the object you were watching was
> > instantly
> > teleported 10 metres in the direction of motion.
> > Would you be able to guess which of the three events took place?
> > Stathis Papaioannou
> Sure, it was (a). (c) violates the laws of physics. (b) might or might not
> be theoretically possible, but it's practically impossible.
OK, you would probably be right if you were kidnapped and subjected to this
tomorrow. But it's a thought experiment, and my point is that from your
experience alone you would be unable to distinguish between the three cases.
posts seem to imply that you would notice a difference.
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