Re: [sl4] Uploading

From: Mike Dougherty (
Date: Thu Dec 03 2009 - 07:02:36 MST

On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 5:32 AM, Stathis Papaioannou <>wrote:

> 1. I do nothing.
> 2. I gather together the chemicals that would be used to make a copy
> of you, then destroy them.
> 3. I assemble the chemicals to make a copy of you, but at a low
> temperature so that its metabolism is suspended, then destroy it.
> 4. I allow the copy to warm up so that metabolic processes start up
> for a microsecond, then destroy it.
> 5. I allow the copy to wake up, talk to it for a few minutes so that
> it realises what's going on, then destroy it.
> 1 to 4 are equivalent: there is no termination of a stream of
> consciousness, no aggrieved party. But 5 is murder.
On a related but far jump from this topic... at what point does abortion
become murder?
(I'm not really so interested in the whole abortion topic, so consider it a
semi-rhetorical question)

I was somewhat suprised to see that you make so absolute a statement about
the difference between 1-4 and 5.

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