On 2/18/2013 10:49 PM, Jason Resch wrote:
6. Swapping places with someone: In 5 seconds, your mind and consciousness will swap with that of some rich and famous person. Let's say Bill Gates. I hope you are ready. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. The swap is complete. Bill Gates is now in your body, with access to your memories and living as you were just before you got to reading this sentence, while you are living as a billionaire and enjoying Bills bank account. Of course, while you are in his body you only have access to his memories. Not only does his wife not notice the switch, but you don't even notice it. You only have access to Bill's memories now so you do not realize anything is awry. Don't worry, everything will be set back how it was, in 3. 2. 1. Welcome back. How was it? Of course, you don't remember. Fortunately, Bill was nice enough to read the last few sentences for you and now they have been placed into your memory. This shows it is meaningless to say "I wish I could live as X", or "experience a day in Y's shoes". For all you know, you already are, have, and will.
This, if true, only shows that "you" and "Bill Gates" don't exist apart from your bodies and memories, so that it is nonsense to talk of exchanging bodies and memories. For it to make sense there would have to be a "you" soul and a "Bill Gates" soul that switched.
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