Re: [Fwd: NDPR David Shoemaker, Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction]

From: Brent Meeker <>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 19:32:41 -0800

russell standish wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 07:00:39PM -0800, meekerdb wrote:
>> I think I am often *not* self-aware. But aside from that, I have definitely
>> been unconscious several times in my life and I'm sure other people (though
>> probably not Stathis) were unconscious at the same time. So an closest
>> continuation of observer moments theory of personal identity would predict
>> that I would regain consciousness as a mixture of those others who shared my
>> unconscious period.
> I don't think so. The only way you notice the periods of
> unconsciousness is by virtue of the discontinuity between two observer
> moments that you recall (as evidenced by a clock or some other
> irreversible process). The moments of unconsciousness are not observer
> moments.
A fair objection (maybe). But still it seems that I could easily share
an OM with someone else and then end up in an observerer "superposition".


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