On Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote:

> >>> When John Clark asks "who is you?" Bruno responds that he could no
>>> more answer that question than he could square a circle.
>>>
>>
>> > The quote, please.
>>
>
> >>John Clark will be happy to: On Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM, Bruno
> Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote:
>
>  "So, asking me to not use pronouns, in what is in great part a theory of
> pronouns, is like asking me to square the circle."
>
> > I didn't say that "I could not answer that question". I said just the
> contrary: I offer a theory of pronouns. I need the use of pronouns in the
> thought experiment, because the goal is to clarify their use,
>

So when Euclid explained what a line is he should have used the word "line"
in his explanation and said "a line is a line".

> Let me put it in this way: accepting that P(W) = P(M) =1/2, with W and M
> describing the first person experiences of the respective copies, do you
> accept that P(M) = P(W) = 1/2,
>

No I don't accept that, not if P(W) is the probability that the Washington
Man will see Washington; the probability of that would be 1 not 1/2. And if
P(W) means the probability the Helsinki Man will see Washington that would
be 0 not 1/2 because the Helsinki Man would have to be turned into
something that is not the Helsinki Man before the Helsinki Man can see a
different city. If P(W) means neither of those things then tell me what the
hell it does mean.

> where the copy in M is delayed for one year?
>

What point does the delay serve in this thought experiment?

> As always the prediction are [blah blah]
>

I don't give a damn about predictions, correct ones or incorrect ones,
because they have nothing to do with what we were talking about, the sense
of self. I only care if I remember being John Clark yesterday, if I do then
I'm still John Clark today.

  John K Clark

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