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

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 13:02:51 +1100

2009/2/28 G√ľnther Greindl <>:

> The issue that we are very reluctant to die if our backup is ten years
> old but need not worry so much if we backed up one hour ago is simply
> the heuristic that in one hour we don't change so much, but in ten years
> we often change so much that we indeed become a very _different_ person.
> So, what counts is change, not "objective" time.
> What we _are_ is I think more about what we (can) _become_, rather than
> a single snapshot at time t_0. And if this becoming is lost, that is the
> true tragedy.

The problem with this explanation is that fear of death is only
partly, if at all, attenuated by rational considerations. I could
probably make my hour old backup do anything I want by holding a gun
to his head.

Stathis Papaioannou
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