The Fallacy of Favoring Gradual Replacement Mind Uploading over Scan-and-Copy

14 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2015 Last revised: 26 Sep 2015

Keith Bernard Wiley

Brain Preservation Foundation

Randal A. Koene

Carboncopies.org

Date Written: September 24, 2015

Abstract

Mind uploading speculation and debate often concludes that a procedure described as gradual in-place replacement preserves personal identity while a procedure described as destructive scan-and-copy produces some other identity in the target substrate such that personal identity is lost along with the biological brain. This paper demonstrates a chain of reasoning that establishes metaphysical equivalence between these two methods in terms of preserving personal identity.

Keywords: mind uploading, whole brain emulation, personal identity, metaphysics, scan, copy, replacement

Suggested Citation

Wiley, Keith Bernard and Koene, Randal A., The Fallacy of Favoring Gradual Replacement Mind Uploading over Scan-and-Copy (September 24, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2596460 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2596460

Keith Bernard Wiley (Contact Author)

Brain Preservation Foundation ( email )

Ashburn, WA 20148
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.brainpreservation.org

Randal A. Koene

Carboncopies.org ( email )

San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

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