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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Which is the Clone


This isn't just an answer an engineer might give, its an answer common to some philosophers as well. Rather, in philosophy, how you answer questions like this indicate something about your fundamental assumptions of the world.

For example, a person who takes a materialistic stance on the mind, and in particular, memory (that is, memory is a particular structure or activity in the brain), must agree that such molecularly accurate clones would have the same memories as each other. As the engineer doesn't, he cannot, without contradiction, take a materialistic stance on mind and memory....

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