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Old thread but I imagine a perfect copy would not split your sense of self, it would simply create a separate being exactly like you for a time. I thought of it this way: if the ocean made a wave and then made an identical wave perfectly down to the atom, both waves are still separate entities; however, what if I were theoretically cut in two but both ...


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I fear that the questioner and the other answers are falling for the gambler's fallacy OP, you seem to be in your mind doing an equation that {[lim (1/n)*n as n-> infinity] = 1} and concluding that the probability of anything happening in an infinite timescale also = 1. To use your die with infinite sides analogy, once the fates roll the die, each next ...


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Imagine a universe that consists only of a counter that increments by 1 every second. In the sense of probability that you describe, every integer has a 100% chance of appearing on the counter, but it is impossible that they would all appear because the number of seconds in eternity and the total number of integers map to one another 1:1 because both sets ...


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Additional assumptions beyond infinite time are needed. For example: imagine a toy model universe, with 3 spatial dimensions, where there are a finite number of particles that begin close together, and where the only law in this universe is some simple law of repulsion. In such a universe the particles will fly apart from each other further and further as ...


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Have a look at the idea of the Boltzmann Brain. Cosmologists are starting to apply the same approach using this idea, as Bostrom used in his version of the simulation argument. You can see an accessible presentation on the controversy about whether Boltzmann brains exist here. This is the context of you 'popping into existence', memories fully formed, in a ...


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It is impossible to destroy and create matter. Thus, everything that has existed still exists, and everything that will exist already exists, just not in the state(s) it did or is going to. And even if time is infinite you would not be born again. An exact copy of you might have existed or might exist in the future, but not exactly you.


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I can offer an answer from a philosophical perspective that I think answers this question. But first -- I will try to outline what I think is the approach you are questioning. There are, to my understanding, two significantly different Identity Theories. the original one, which is what is usually how Identity Theory is described, is that Mind == neuro-...


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