minds and machines Notebook question 1

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Notebook question 1 What is identity? What makes one thing identical to another? Is Tuvix really just Tuvok and Neelix, or is he a new person? How does Tuvix view himself? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this paper. Identity in its bare word holds very little meaning because of its ambiguity. For us to understand what is meant, we must examine different types of identity: quantitative identity, qualitative identity, and identity through time. Although quantitative and qualitative identity may appear to be similar at first, I hope to inform the reader of their major difference. Identity through time is a notion that calls into question who we were then, who we are now, and who we will be. Are we the same person or do we become different people? What ties all of these discussions together is the battle of mind-v-body. I will now present examples and will categorize the identities and tie them together with the mind-v-body argument. Batman and Bruce Wayne are quantitatively identical. This is to say that Batman and Bruce Wayne are actually one and the same person. There is obviously no difference. This is what it is meant by numerical identity. We can generalize this to: ‘a’ is numerically identical to ‘b’ iff ‘a’ and ‘b’ are one and the same thing. On the other hand, three violins being factory made on the same night may have the
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exact same physical properties that can be observed. They may look exactly the same and sound exactly the same, but the fact that these three violins are actually three separate violins makes them qualitatively identical at best. This is because for ‘a’ and ‘b’ to be qualitatively identical, they must be similar in all observable properties. Am I the same person that I was when I started writing this paper? The notion of identity through time can be broken into two. It’s either that we remain the same over time or that we’re constantly changing. The first view that maintains our staying the same over time focuses on the fact that we identify ourselves the same as we were at an earlier time.
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course PHIL 1120 taught by Professor Heuveln during the Fall '07 term at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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