This amazing story beautifully illustrates the problems of personal identity. There is a special person in the future and the past I “identify with” and am “responsible for” – namely me! But some plausible science fiction scenarios make us question what it mean to be me. This video has lots of questions for both metaphysics and ethics.
- Would you step into the first box if it meant that ‘you’ would be disintegrated immediately? What about if it was a minute later?
- Is the second copy of you actually you? What does that even mean? And there now two you’s or is it a completely separate and new person?
- Is the woman at the end of the video not responsible for what ‘she’ did earlier in the video? How is this possible if she is a ‘different’ person? Or is she the same, even though she is a copy?
Keywords: ethics, responsibility, identity, metaphysics, morality, thought experiment, philosophy