The Ship Of Theseus: Revisited In The 21st Century

Over the course of around seven years, your body replaces itself – bit by bit. Every cell in your body dies, and is replaced by another. So, how are our identities maintained? What is it about ‘me’ that persists? If (as I believe is the case) the mind is physical in nature, then how can the idea of a continual ‘self’ make any sense? Should we even be responsible for the actions of our previous versions of ourselves? These questions are raised in a thought experiment known as The Ship of Theseus, and it works as follows.   The Ship […]

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