On Monday, September 17, 2012 6:18:00 PM UTC-4, Jason wrote:
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> Craig,
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> Do you think if your brain were cut in half, but then perfectly put back 
> together that you would still be conscious in the same way?
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There is no such thing as perfectly put back together. If you cut a living 
cell in half, it dies. The only way of putting it perfectly back together 
is to travel back in time and not cut it in half.
 

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> What if cut into a thousand pieces and put back together perfectly?
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Same answer.
 

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> What if every atom was taken apart and put back together?
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If you could take every atom in a living cell 'apart' and put it back 
together without killing the cell, then it seems like it would work, but I 
don't think that the cells would necessarily be 'the same' cells. To me 
consciousness is an event in time, not a structure in space. The structure 
is the vehicle of the event. If you mess with the vehicle, you mess with 
the event.
 

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> What if every atom was taken apart, and then atoms from a different pile 
> were used to put you back together?
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When the atoms are taken apart, you die. If you put them together in what 
you think is the same way, it is still a different performance of atoms, 
whether they are the same or different.
 

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> What then if the original atoms were put back, would they both experience 
> what it is like to be you?
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No.
 

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> Does the identity of one's atoms matter or are they interchangable?  If 
> the identity is not what matters, what is it that does?
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Our atoms are replaced all the time. Our identity exists at the level of 
our experience as a whole. The experience of our body, our family, culture, 
etc. We are a lifetime that uses the whole brain as a way to participate in 
the human world as a human body.  Experience is what matters.

Craig
 

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> Jason 
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