On 20 Oct 2013, at 02:24, Russell Standish wrote:
On Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 06:02:14PM -0500, Jason Resch wrote:
Across the many worlds you will find a nearly continuous spectrum of
persons from those just like you to those like someone else, and
in between. Any suggestion of a discrete border that defines where
ends and someone else begins would be completely arbitrary.
This is what Parfitt argues in his Napoleon thought experiment. I
don't agree that this is at all obvious. It seems likely to me
that there are vast gulfs of non-conscious configurations in between
say you and me, without there being a continuous path linking us in
the Multiverse. In such a case, universalism makes no sense.
There are vast gulf of non-conscious configurations, But I think that
with comp, despite this, there are still a conscious continuous path.
In fact I think (but not use!) that you have a conscious path between
any brain, and the empty brain (no brain!).
It is an "agnosologic" (I forget the correct term right now. Hope that
Stathis will correct the term) path. Some people can become blind, and
not see the difference, as they become amnesic on everything
concerning vision. Comp generalizes this, I think, for all sensation/
perception, and it means that there is a special path, for destroying
a brain, so that the subject, at each step would say (until he can't
talk!) that he don't feel anything changed in his consciousness. When
he can't talk anymore, he will still not see the difference, as he
forget what talking is all about!
Then you can added again pieces of a brain, of some different person,
in the inverse "agnosological" path, and you get a continuous (first
person) path between two different persons.
Note that salvia can do something very similar. You get totally
amnesic, but, in some circumstance, cannot acknowledge the fact. You
can even feel like "oh, this time nothing happened". It is only when
you come back that you realize the hugeness of the experience.
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