If the latter, then reproducing those interactions precisely in another brain would still make it you.
anthonyvh wrote:The problem is not that other people would not be able to tell the difference. I freely admit that. But if it's me who goes in and gets disassembled, I'm dead. Someone else has been created who has my thoughts.
It isn't that other people would not be able to tell the difference, it's that *YOU* wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
anthonyvh wrote:Wow, that is completely not how I expected you to respond to scenario 1. What is it about your brain states that makes you think they can be moved outside your body? Copied, yes, but not moved. You ARE the process that is going on in your brain. If I replicate your brain somewhere else, that's not you: it's a copy of you! Similarly, if I dematerialize you without keeping your brain in contact with the copy I'm reassembling such that your sense of continuity remains intact, I'm essentially tearing you apart and destroying your brain function in the process.
Now if, at any point, we both exist as two separate, functional entities, that all goes out the window and I give a damn about both of them.
anthonyvh wrote:my point in going through this scenario in the second paragraph is that it seems immaterial to me whether the original is destroyed instantaneously upon copying or 5 minutes after the copy is finished. If the result is the same, why make the distinction? As the original, you're biting the dust no matter what!
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