RE: Re: A calculus of personal identity (was:*THE* PUZZLE)

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2006 16:20:57 +1000

Brent Meeker writes:
> I wonder if our sense of identiy is more dependent on the world than we suppose. I recall reading> somewhere, in the 1960's when sensory deprivation experiments were "the new thing", that people who> stayed in the sensory deprivation tanks more than an hour or so found that their thoughts sort of> went into an endless loop and they then lost all sense of time and self.
Our sense of identity is entirely dependent on subjective experience, but our subjective experience is itself dependent on environmental factors. If we imagine the set of all possible subjective experiences, hallucinations and illusions are a subset of this set (technically, hallucinations are perceptions in the absence of a stimulus, while illusions are misperceptions), while solipsism could be seen as the view that all my subjective experience is a subset of the set of hallucinations.
Stathis Papaioannou
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