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49 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 28 March 2008 08:40PM

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Comment author: wedrifid 06 October 2010 02:51:40PM 1 point [-]

Because, as my daughter learned the other day, that still hurts.

My understanding is that while the pain is not all that different in degree it is different in nature. I haven't tested it but I suspect that taking a suitable sample would allow you to generate a reliable heuristic for differentiation.

Also, the person could have been a non- or pre-op transsexual woman (leaving out other variants merely for brevity).

Yes, different tests are likely required for determining either private self concept or publicly acknowledged identity than those that determine physical characteristics.