Erkenntnis 82 (4):761-776 (2017)

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Christian Loew
Umeå University
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Plausible assumptions from Cosmology and Statistical Mechanics entail that it is overwhelmingly likely that there will be exact duplicates of us in the distant future long after our deaths. Call such persons “Boltzmann duplicates,” after the great pioneer of Statistical Mechanics. In this paper, I argue that if survival of death is possible at all, then we almost surely will survive our deaths because there almost surely will be Boltzmann duplicates of us in the distant future that stand in appropriate relations to us to guarantee our survival.
Keywords Personal Identity  Statistical Mechanics  Survival  Thermodynamics  Boltzmann Brains
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