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PhilPapers survey mini-series: Is mind uploading thought to amount to death?

In November 2009, David Bourget and David Chalmers conducted the first PhilPapers Survey of the philosophical views of professional philosophers. They wrote an article on the results ("What Do Philosophers Believe?", and made various other information available. They're now planning a second survey, to be conducted in February 2020, just over ten years after the first survey.

Mind uploading is the hypothetical process of scanning of a particular brain substrate and copying it to a computer. The computer could then run a simulation model of the brain's information processing, such that it would respond in essentially the same way as the original brain (i.e., indistinguishable from the brain for all relevant purposes) and experience having a conscious mind.

According to Wikipedia:

A considerable portion of transhumanists and singularitarians place great hope into the belief that they may become immortal, by creating one or many non-biological functional copies of their brains, thereby leaving their "biological shell".

However, the philosopher and transhumanist Susan Schneider claims that at best, uploading would create a copy of the original person's mind. According to her views, "uploading" would probably result in the death of the original person's brain, while only outside observers can maintain the illusion of the original person still being alive.

In the 2020 PhilPapers Surveys what percentage of respondents will "accept" or "lean toward: yes" on destructive mind uploading resulting in the "death" of the person being uploaded?

Note that it is expected that there will be an option to allow people to select multiple answers (source).


This question resolves as the percent of all respondents on the particular question that "accept" or "lean toward: yes" on destructive mind uploading resulting in the "death" of the person being uploaded? This question closes 2 days before the release of the results of the 2020 PhilPapers Surveys.

The relevant percentage of respondents will be calculated using the default settings in the previous survey, i.e. with 'Target faculty' for 'population' and 'All respondents' for 'AOS'. If the display options change, then the admins will select that combination of options that best matches those settings. If the defaults change, we will still use the 2009 defaults.


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