Izawwlgood wrote:KevorkianKat, I'd argue that if you put me in stasis, then unstasis-ify me, *I* would start up again. The individual *I* that is wrapped in my wetware (i like that term).
If you kill me and start a copy of me in a cloned body, then *I* die. Still though opinion.
BUT WAIT! Come to think of it, I do wonder if people who have amnesia have had something akin to the *I* dying and a new one jumping in its place! Or maybe hibernating animals, when they slow their brain function and metabolism, also have a death of the *I*... HOLY CRAP!
I want adrenalin and metabolism regulators. I want to be able to alter my perception of time as I see fit.
Aha, now how is being frozen different from death then? Being frozen isn't a state of suspended animation, it's a state of freezing a corpse (at least right now). While your body may still technically be dead, the only reason you're not walking around is because your brain stopped telling your heart to pump blood and lungs to breath (in the few hours you have just after death). Nothing has decayed at this point, but when they freeze you, all your cells stop functioning (ala death) and henceforth you will be legally dead (so your insurance pays out to Alcor or whoever froze you). When being revived in the far future when they've perfected DNA molecular repair, how is that different from replacing all your cells with exact biological replicas of the damaged ones? Why does repair of a "dead/damaged" cell make it any different from replacement of a cell that is EXACTLY like that one?
I personally think it's more to do with our perception. My future self won't give a rats ass if it's me or not, because biologically I will think it is, and that's all that matters to the body. Unlike amnesia, I'll (hopefully) wake up with a full recollection (or whatever I can normally remember) of past events and a sense of what is "me". Even if they have to completely replace cells. Hence, I believe they could make a molecular clone of me and it would ALSO be me, but the second they start perceiving the world separately it ceases to be me. I change all the time hence force I am always new but I am the product of the old. It makes me feel like saying "I am the Alpha and I am the Omega" :p