Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> 2009/2/28 Günther Greindl <guenther.grei...@gmail.com>:
>> The issue that we are very reluctant to die if our backup is ten years
>> old but need not worry so much if we backed up one hour ago is simply
>> the heuristic that in one hour we don't change so much, but in ten years
>> we often change so much that we indeed become a very _different_ person.
>> So, what counts is change, not "objective" time.
>> What we _are_ is I think more about what we (can) _become_, rather than
>> a single snapshot at time t_0. And if this becoming is lost, that is the
>> true tragedy.
> The problem with this explanation is that fear of death is only
> partly, if at all, attenuated by rational considerations.
Well mine is pretty attenuated - but whether it was strictly rational
considerations or just getting older I couldn't say.
> I could
> probably make my hour old backup do anything I want by holding a gun
> to his head.
But would you shoot him? ;-)
Indeed, I would personally find the idea of clones of myself that I
could run into quite disturbing, and the more like me they were, the
worse it would be.
--- Stathis Papaioannou
You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups
"Everything List" group.
To post to this group, send email to everything-l...@googlegroups.com
To unsubscribe from this group, send email to
For more options, visit this group at