RE: Dangers of human self-modification

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sat May 22 2004 - 19:37:58 MDT

Sometimes, when I wake up I am not sure who, what why or where I am.
Occasionally I've woken up and thought I was someone *other* than who I
was (for instance, a pregnant woman, a little girl, or a ferocious wild
elephant on another planet -- seriously!).

Then I can feel my "self" come back....

I guess this IS relevant to the issue of "identity continuation", since
the latter is an issue pertaining to subjective conscious experience,
not just empirical neuroscience.

-- Ben G

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On Behalf
> Of Michael Roy Ames
> Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2004 9:29 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Dangers of human self-modification
> Thomas Buckner,
> You wrote,
> >
> > The Zen Buddhists say that the moment of waking,
> > when you are not quite sure who or where you
> > are, is when you are least habitual, closest to enlightenment.
> >
> Upon waking I have always been quite sure who I am. Perhaps
> others have a different experience? As to where I am, I
> don't see as that makes any difference to any aspect of
> identity continuation.
> Michael Roy Ames

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