X-Message-Number: 23814
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 10:14:04 -0400
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: Awareness Center???

To everyone:

I note Dave Pizer's comment on the importance of memory. It's not just
an expression of fact but also an expression of his own feelings: if he's
really satisfied with survival of his awareness center (sorry, Dave,
but we probably don't have an awareness center as such, but a circuit
connecting our senses and our memories, of each of the different kinds,
which would be injured by destruction of any part --- no more circuit)
I cannot really argue against him on the point of values, though he 
may value something which simply doesn't exist.

However, even if our awareness is NOT tied closely to our memories
(as I just suggested that it may be) I'd find it hard to think of survival
of my awareness center as equal to survival of myself. Without both my
memories and my values & feelings, I would be equal (or even less)
than a new infant. Not ME at all, but somebody else, just commencing
or recommencing their existence.

               Best wishes and long long life to all,

                   Thomas Donaldson

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