Maybe the terminology does not fit here, to make a copy of my brain,
wouldn't you need more than memories, but the state of the brain at
one time to "quantum resolution" (TNG transporter term).
                            Ronald

On Feb 23, 9:04 pm, Stathis Papaioannou <stath...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 2009/2/24 Brent Meeker <meeke...@dslextreme.com>:
>
> > I tend to agree with Quentin that memories are an essential component of
> > personal identity.  But that also raises a problem with ideas like
> > "observer moments" and "continuity".  Almost all my memories are not
> > being remembered at an given time.  Some I may not recall for years at a
> > time.  I may significant periods of time in which I am not consciously
> > recalling any memories.  So then how can memories and continuity be
> > essential?  I practice we rely on continuity of the body and then ask,
> > "Does this body have (some) appropriate memories?"
>
> The continuity is contingent on having access to the relevant memories
> as required. If you are listening to a recording the parts where the
> music plays must be from that particular recording, but the silent
> parts could as easily be from any other recording. In the same way, if
> you are staring at a blank wall thinking of nothing for a moment, then
> during that moment you might be a generic human having such a similar
> experience.
>
> --
> Stathis Papaioannou
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