`Brent: 'But *your* infinity is just *really big*. There are only a`

`finite number of atoms in a person and they have only a finite number of`

`relations. So how can an exact copy require infinite resources? '`

`MP: Well yes, perhaps there are only a finite number of relationships,`

`but these relationships are not static, they must be calculated.`

`Ultimately it will be lawyers who decide if sufficient accuracy has been`

`attained in rendering all these dynamic relationships.`

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`As I said before, I am not a 'mathematician' in the sense that Bruno is`

`and others who browse here are, but I read in an article in New`

`Scientist mag. some years ago that measuring and modelling certain`

`features - primarily non-linear features I believe - can require`

`arbitrarily large numbers of decimal places to correctly express the`

`digital value. These numbers then have to be calculated within systems`

`which will multiply the error margins and truncate values. Well of`

`course all measurement is estimation and assertion of the representative`

`value, but if you are talking about IDENTITY then there is going to be a`

`fair swag of technical fudging isn't there! Come on! Admit it! And`

`what lawyers really take scientific method seriously?`

`I rest my case - for the time being!`

:-) Regards Mark Peaty CDES [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://www.arach.net.au/~mpeaty/ Brent Meeker wrote:

Mark Peaty wrote:SP: 'Getting back to the original question about teleportationexperiments, are you saying that it would be impossible, or justtechnically very difficult to preserve personal identity whilstundergoing such a process? As Brent pointed out, technical difficultyis not an issue in thought experiments. ,MP: I have answered this, in responding to Brent. In summary I say:if it is just A [any old] rendition of a human you want, then giventhat thought experiments allow that all practical challenges can beovercome, the answer is Yes! On the other hand if the strictrequirement of an exact copy of a particular person is required to beoutput then it becomes a question of whether or not truly infinitecomputing power is required to calculate the changes occurring withinthe original at scan time. If it is then the answer is NO, becauseinfinity is infinity.But *your* infinity is just *really big*. There are only a finitenumber of atoms in a person and they have only a finite number ofrelations. So how can an exact copy require infinite resources?Brent Meeker >

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