On 4/2/2011 6:08 AM, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
On Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 10:38 AM, Nick Prince
Ok Stathis thanks for that but what about the consciousness of the
viking living in 200 AD. The NCDSC will require some pretty unusual
branches to accomodate his survival. I've read some of your posts
before about personal identity and much of it makes a lot of sense.
I've thought about the possibility of mind uploads , even for my
viking friend but this would require the generation of huge numbers of
variants to ensure there was one which could provide a consistent
extension for him. Indeed it would mean every possible viking would
have to be generated from DNA possibilities alone as well as with
different memories. It's a bit of a tall order but not implausible.
It also means that many completely NEW vikings will be generated who
never existed in the past but think they did!
You would survive in the most probable way given your circumstances,
but it's not difficult to think of a means of survival for any
possible situation. For example, if you are a viking it transpires
that you are living in a simulation and the programmers magically save
you. None of this is problematic if every possibility actually happens
somewhere in the multiverse. Also note that it does not have to be
your actual matter that continues in some form. It just has to be
another entity somewhere in the multiverse with a mind that is a
consistent extension of your mind at the moment of your demise.
But then why is your demise relevant? Presumably because if you did not
die then the most consistent extension would be that your consciousness
remain associated with your body - but as your body/brain deteriorates
the most consistent extension becomes....what? another deteriorating
brain? Why is it not just the continuingly deteriorating brain already
associated with "you"?
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