Consider the following thought experiment, called "The Duplicators":

At 1:00 PM tomorrow, you will be abducted by aliens. The aliens will tell
you not to worry, that you won't be harmed but they wish to conduct some
experiments on the subject of pain, which is unknown to them. These aliens
possess technology far in advance of our own. They have the ability to scan
and replicate objects down to the atomic level and the aliens use this
technology to create an atom-for-atom duplicate of yourself, which they
call you2. The aliens thank you for your assistance and return you unharmed
back to your home by 5:00 PM. You ask them "What about the pain
experiments?" and they hand you an informational pamphlet and quickly fly
off. You read the pamphlet which explains that a duplicate of you (you2)
was created and subjected to some rather terrible pain experiments, akin to
what humans call torture and at the end of the experiment you2was
euthanized. You consider this awful, but are nonetheless glad that
they
tortured your duplicate rather than you.

Now consider the slightly different thought experiment, called "The
Restorers":

At 1:00 PM tomorrow, you will be abducted by aliens. Unlike the aliens with
the duplication technology (the duplicators), these aliens possess a
restorative technology. They can perfectly erase memories and all other
physical traces to perfectly restore you to a previous state. The aliens
will tell you not to worry, that you won't be harmed but they wish to
conduct some experiments on the subject of pain, which is unknown to them.
They then proceed to brutually torture you for many hours, conducting test
after test on pain. Afterwards, they erase your memory of the torture and
all traces of injury and stress from your body. When they are finished, you
are atom-for-atom identical to how you were before the torture began. The
aliens thank you for your assistance and return you unharmed back to your
home by 5:00 PM. You ask them "What about the pain experiments?" and they
hand you an informational pamphlet and quickly fly off. You read the
pamphlet which explains that a duplicate of you (you2) was created and
subjected to some rather terrible pain experiments, akin to what humans
call torture and at the end of the experiment you2 was euthenized. You
consider this awful, but are nonetheless glad that they tortured your
duplicate rather than you.

My questions for the list:

1. Do you consider yourself to have experienced the torture in the case of
the Restorers, even though you no longer remember it?  If not, why not.

2. If yes, do you consider yourself to have experienced the torture in the
case of the Duplicators?  If yes, please explain, if not, please explain.

3. If you could choose which aliens would abduct you, is there one you
would prefer?  If you have a preference, please provide some justification.


Thank you.

Jason

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