Re: A calculus of personal identity

From: Brent Meeker <>
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 11:18:53 -0700

Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> Bruno Marchal writes:
> > > This is not to say that my mind can or should overcome [Lee Corbin
> > > disagrees on the "should"] the deeply ingrained belief or illusion
> > > that I am a unique, one-track individual living my life from start to
> > > finish,
> >
> >
> > Here you really talk about the third person extrapolation, so I agree
> > with you. But the first person is not deceive by its feeling of living
> > uniquely in time and space. It could be dangerous to say so, because it
> > leads to (materialism) eliminativism which eventually conclude that the
> > whole first person thing is an illusion. This leads to a deeply wrong
> > sense of "human"-irresponsibility. Well, it is a negation of the first
> > person. I can be sure it is wrong, as I bet you can too.
> I would say that the 1st person experience is *not* an illusion in any
> sense of the word. It is the very opposite, in a way: the most real
> thing, which cannot be doubted. But extrapolating to other people or
> other selves in the past, future, coming out of the teleporter or
> whatever, that is another matter.

I agree. Other people are part of the model of the world we form. And in the same way the
existence of myself, as a durable entity, is also a part of that model.

Brent Meeker
The person I was when I was 3 years old is dead. He died because
too much new information was added to his brain.
          -- Saibal Mitra

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