2010/1/10 Brent Meeker <meeke...@dslextreme.com>:

>> Suppose S1 is being generated by a virtual reality program on machine
>> M1, then after a minute the human operator saves the program and data
>> to disc and shuts down M1, walks over to machine M2, loads the data
>> from the disc and runs the program, which then generates S2. There is
>> a clear causal connection here even though M1 and M2 are separate
>> machines. Do you think there would be normal continuity of
>> consciousness in this case?
> No, at least I can see reasons to doubt it.  Of course if the start-up of
> the program on M2 were very fast it might not be very noticeable and a
> rational person might still say "yes" to the doctor.  But that wouldn't
> generalize to the infinitesimal "observer moment".

It seems that you're saying the observer would notice that something
odd had happened if his program were paused and restarted in the way
described, but how is that possible when S1 and S2 are identical
whether generated continuously or discontinuously?

Stathis Papaioannou
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