Re: Identity and becoming a Great Old One

From: Philip Goetz (
Date: Fri Jan 27 2006 - 07:24:38 MST

On 1/26/06, Phillip Huggan <> wrote:
> A devastating criticism to the pattern view is that it hypothesizes a
> perfect copy. If we assume consciousness must emerge from a physical brain
> (qualifying an upload computer as a brain), there is no such thing as an
> identical copy of anything in the universe without invoking very extreme
> quantum environments that may be out of the reach of any upload machine.
> Copying a computer program requires separate hard-drive space or a separate
> floppy disk. The copied program behaves identically when it interacts with
> a computer, but it has a separate existence.

It's not a devastating criticism. You are not a perfect copy of what
you were yesterday. If a 95%-accurate copy yields, roughly, a 95%
you, that's good enough for me.

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