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IEET Audience Split on Personal Identity

September 15, 2013

We asked “If your mind was perfectly copied to a new body…” who would the mindclones be, and who would own your stuff?  The 165 of you who answered were almost perfectly split three ways on this old debate about personal identity.

A third of you agreed with each of these positions:

“You would both be “you” and have joint ownership of your stuff”
“It would be a new person, without any claim to your stuff”
“Neither - Personal identity is just a useful illusion, as is ownership of stuff”

personal identity poll

New poll: “Are you eager to try Google Glass?”


Contact: Executive Director, Dr. James J. Hughes,
IEET, 35 Harbor Point Blvd, #404, Boston, MA 02125-3242 USA
phone: 860-428-1837