On Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 9:00 AM, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote:
>>The question is will "he" turn into the Moscow Man or the Washington Man,
> > Yes.
>> and that depends on one thing and one thing only, what information "he"
> Not at all.
What do you mean "not at all"?! The Helsinki Man has the neurons in his
brain arranged in a certain way and the Moscow Man, being a exact copy,
will have the neurons in his brain arranged in exactly the same manner and
the two will evolve in exactly the same manner too UNLESS they receive
different information, like one data stream coming from Helsinki and the
other data stream coming from Moscow. Only then would they differentiate
and only then would you be justified in giving them different names.
> It depends on the entire protocol. the information he will have will
> confirm or refute his prediction (written in his diary, for all possible
> "he's" relevant).
As far as personal identity or consciousness or a continuous feeling of
self is concerned it it totally irrelevant if that prediction, or any other
prediction for that matter, is confirmed or refuted, nor does it matter if
the prediction was probabilistic or absolute.
John K Clark
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