RE: A calculus of personal identity

From: Lee Corbin <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 22:52:07 -0700

Stathis wrote

> Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 5:53 AM

> which is why in symmetrical duplication experiments I anticipate
> that I will become one of the duplicates with equal probability.

What do you think of your survival chances if you happen to know
that after you fall asleep tonight, you will be disintegrated,
but the information will be used to create two exact duplicates,
and then one of the duplicates is vaporized and the other
returned to your bed completely unaware?

Zero? (I.e., you don't survive the "teleportation" aspect at all.)

One-half? (I.e., your soul goes into one at random, and if that's
            the one that dies, then your number is up.)

One? (I.e., Stathis will wake up in bed for sure tomorrow, and
        resume his life just as he has done everyday (since our
         fiendish experiments began when he was five years old))


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