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lecture 12 - The tedium of immortality? (1) Being alive is...

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The tedium of immortality? (1) Being alive is better for me than being dead, at any time, only if there are things that I want to experience, do, or find out about at that time (that is, only if I’m not completely bored at that time).
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Philosophy 262 Immortality and Personal  Identity (2) If I live a long time past a normal human lifespan, then there will be a time t after which there will be nothing that I want to experience,
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Williams: If we could live forever… Either (a) we’d end up doing the same things , or slight variations of the same things, over and over again, and develop the “been there, done that” attitude about everything that we’d been interested in doing—and become terminally bored Or (b) we’d undergo radical changes in interests, personality, and proclivities in order to pursue new and different activities (or forget what we had already done)—but thereby become another person !
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Locke’s definition of ‘person’ “a thinking intelligent being that has reason and reflection, and can consider itself as itself, the same thinking thing, in different times and places; which it does only by that consciousness that is inseparable from thinking, and. ..essential to it”
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Further questions: What makes you the same person as the person your parents kissed good-bye and sent off to kindergarten about 15 years ago?
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