The survival of the sentient

Philosophical Perspectives 14 (s14):325-348 (2000)
Abstract
In this quite modestly ambitious essay, I'll generally just assume that, for the most part, our "scientifically informed" commonsense view of the world is true. Just as it is with such unthinking things as planets, plates and, I suppose, plants, too, so it also is with all earthly thinking beings, from people to pigs and pigeons; each occupies a region of space, however large or small, in which all are spatially related to each other. Or, at least, so it is with the bodies of these beings. And, even as each of these _ordinary entities_ extends through some space, so, also, each endures through some time. In line with that, each ordinary entity is at least very largely, and is perhaps entirely, an _enduring physical_ entity (which allows that many might have certain properties that aren't purely physical properties.) Further, each ordinary enduring entity is a _physically complex_ entity: Not only is each composed of parts, but many of these parts, whether or not absolutely all of them, are themselves enduring physical entities, and many of _them_ also are such physically complex continuing entities
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