Re: Personal Identity and Ethics

From: Brent Meeker <>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 22:35:11 -0800

Stephen Paul King wrote:
> Hi Stathis,
> A question : Is is incorrect of me to infer that the psychological
> criterion of personal identity discussed in Shoemaker's book and, by your
> statement below, used by a predominance of members of this list is one that
> treats conscious self-awareness as an epiphenomena arrising from a Classical
> system and that it is, at least tacitly, assumed that quantum effects have
> no supervenience upon any notion of Consciousness?
> While I welcome the rejection of notion of "Souls" which are in
> principle non-verifiable, could we be endulging in meaningless chatter about
> computerizing consciousness if we do not first determen that consciousness
> is a purely classical epiphenomena? After all we are repeatedly told that it
> is the classical view of the Universe and all within it is a theory long ago
> refuted.
There's no inconsistency between the universe being quantum mechanical,
while human thought processes are essentially classical. The classical
world emerges from the quantum in the limit of large action.

Brent Meeker

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