On 2/19/2013 1:49 PM, Jason Resch wrote:



On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 3:35 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net <mailto:meeke...@verizon.net>> wrote:

    On 2/18/2013 10:49 PM, Jason Resch wrote:
    4. In the course of normal life, we gain memories (through experience) and 
lose
    memories (by forgetting).  Yet most feel they are still the same person.  
This
    allows for some interesting experiments with a "faulty teleporter".  You 
step into
    the teleporter and it transports you, but it is not 100% and your resulting 
copy
    has lost some small fraction of his long term memories.  It has also given 
you new
    memories for things you never actually experienced.  You comfort yourself 
with the
    idea that this is no different than living life and assert you are still 
the same
    person.  Two very similar twins, Alice and Alicia each use this teleporter 
at the
    same time.  Alice and Alicia both steps into it and on the recieving end of 
the
    teleporter, Alice and Alicia step out.  But what really happened is Alice 
gained
    and lost some memories and is now identical to the Alicia who stepped into 
the
    teleporter, and the Alicia gained and lost some memories and is now 
identicial to
    the Alice who stepped into the teleporter.  Is this any different from the 
two of
    them entering a closet and the two of them coming out?  If not, couldn't 
they be
    switching places all the time, each always in the other?

    No, because they occupy different locations and will within milliseconds 
develop
    different experiences, e.g. Alice looks at Alicia, but Alicia isn't looking 
at Alice.


Consider the case in the absence of alicia. Alice steps into the teleporter, and comes out a little different, but nonetheless she considers herself to have survived.

Consider the case in the absence of alice. Alicia steps into the teleporter, and comes out a little different, but nonetheless she considers herself to have survived.

Now if they both step into two different teleporters, where Alice steps into the A1 -> A2 teleporter, and Alicia steps into the B1->B2 teleporter. When Alice comes out of B2, and Alicia comes out of A2, who is who? What is the first person experience like?

?? Alice is Alice and Alicia is Alicia. I don't know what it's like to be teleported, but I'm not exactly the same as I was yesterday (another day older and deeper in debt).

Brent

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