Monday, October 04, 2004

Essential Property

Is having a body an essential property of personal identity? I just thought this was an interesting idea to consider. Here's a scenario where it applies. Consider a process by which a scan of the brain can be completed so your personality and all of your mental qualities can be stored in a computer. This computer would claim to be you and so clearly would you. So who would be "the real" you. Also what if the scan destroyed your body and all that was left was the machine claiming to be you? Would that change anything?

2 Comments:

Blogger Steve said...

I don't think the fact that the computer claims to be you will make it you. Also, I don't think the computer really has much of a claim to being you. A computer would seem to me to be more deterministic than you. That is, a computer is programmed. It follows algorithms given by the programmer. These algorithms are logical chains of commands. The computer apparently has no free will. Whether you have a free will is another matter. I'm just pointing out there is a potential major difference between the two.

October 5, 2004 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Higgins said...

That's not really what I meant. You see computers are getting smarter. This computer will work in exactly the same way as your brain. It will be an exact copy of the your brain. It will think in exactly the same way as you make the same connection have the same memories emotions and so on.

October 6, 2004 at 8:47 AM  

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