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10 Post author: ialdabaoth 25 November 2012 12:44AM

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Comment author: ialdabaoth 26 November 2012 08:09:07PM *  2 points [-]

It seems unlikely that any of those damages except retrograde amnesia can be TRULY permanent in a post-resurrection society. The bigger problem in most people's eyes (afaik) is that what you get back might have only a tiny overlap with the original and the resurrection might be more of a 'creating a new human being which shares something with the original' and less of a resurrection of the old person.

This is a good point, and a few others have touched on it as well. To me, retrograde amnesia isn't the only thing that risks permanent damage - there's also the set of basic emotional reactions and sensory preferences that we call "personality".

If someone remembered everyone that you remembered, but hated everything that you loved, would you really call that person "you"?

EDIT: It would be useful to me to know why this just got downvoted.

Comment author: Tenoke 26 November 2012 08:23:36PM 0 points [-]

If the only shared characteristic that we have is memories then probably not.

Comment author: shminux 26 November 2012 08:22:38PM 0 points [-]

If someone remembered everyone that you remembered, but hated everything that you loved, would you really call that person "you"?

Not sure about "everything", but people turn from love to hate quite often, yet no one questions that they are still the same person. Reminds me of the movie The Vow.

I have no clear definition of what constitutes the same person, once you don't take into account inhabiting the same body.

Comment author: ialdabaoth 26 November 2012 08:25:05PM *  2 points [-]

Personally, I don't think anyone does, but it does seem to be pretty deep at the bottom of this hypothetical.

EDIT: It would be useful to me to know why this just got downvoted.