From: Mark Waser (email@example.com)
Date: Sun May 23 2004 - 09:37:58 MDT
Hunh. Sometimes when I wake up, my dream externalities have been totally
different (different sex, age, life) but I've always been me. I can feel my
current circumstances come back, but my "self" is always there. Of course,
what's REALLY weird are the dreams where you're killed and are still
thinking about your dream life after you're dead.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ben Goertzel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2004 9:37 PM
Subject: RE: Dangers of human self-modification
> 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: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf
> > Of Michael Roy Ames
> > Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2004 9:29 PM
> > To: email@example.com
> > 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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