A Life Hack with a Future - Elijah Millgram (University of Utah)
Speaker: Elijah Millgram
Personal identity - what it takes to be the same person over time - is best understood from what Dennett called the design stance. Rather than pursue traditional conceptual analysis - a list of necessary and sufficient conditions for being who you now are, later on - I'll develop a creature-construction argument turning on bounded-rationality constraints, and attempt to recover central features of personal identity. I will focus on the time it takes to complete investigations, the need to monitor other-things-equal inferences for correctness, and the imperative, within the context of protracted and openended investigations, for generic resources and strategic positioning.
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