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Dagon comments on You Are A Brain - Less Wrong

110 Post author: Liron 09 May 2009 09:53PM

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Comment author: Dagon 10 May 2009 06:23:32PM 3 points [-]

Depending on what it meant by the question, either "I'm a pattern of information encoded in my brain" or "I'm a side-effect of processing that my brain does for it's own reasons" are the one-sentence descriptions I'd use.

I identify with the meat that currently contains/creates/executes me, but not perfectly - I don't expect that replacing the meat with a sufficiently-similar replacement would alter the experience of being me.

Identity, of course is a continuum, not a binary measure. A different brain with the same patterns and inputs would be so much like me that I'd call them the same. But really it might be no more similar than future me and past me in the "same" body.

Comment author: DanielLC 10 March 2012 08:48:44PM 0 points [-]

I'm a side-effect of processing that my brain does for it's own reasons

What do you mean "its own reasons"? Do you mean that you exist purely because of your circumstances, or something along the lines of your brain makes decisions, and you're just the qualia it makes when it does it.