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23 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 03 June 2008 08:16AM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 03 June 2008 09:50:19AM 0 points [-]

Isn't that then how we distinguish a nondestructive copy from the original?

Not unless you postulate an imperfect copy, with covalent bonds in different places and so on.

Once you begin to postulate a theoretically imperfect copy, the Generalized version of the Anti-Zombie Principle has to take over and ask whether the differences have more impact on your internal narrative / memories / personality etc. than the corresponding effects of thermal noise at room temperature.