X-Message-Number: 27605
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2006 12:08:10 -0700
Subject: Sameness and Lack Thereof

Daniel Crevier's best argument that "sameness" is merely a construct, is 
his statement:

"I decide that a person I meet today is the same as the one I met yesterday
because it facilitates my interactions with her. This way, I can infer that
she will remember certain things and behave in certain ways."

The fact that indeed she usually cannot be predicted to behave in certain 
ways illustrates how fluid identity really is!  Perhaps more real is that 
"pattern" in our mind as to what is same/not same, as to what might 
constitute identity.

BTW, I wonder where RBR went, this time ...

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