Metaphysical Daring as a Posthuman Survival Strategy

Midwest Studies in Philosophy 39 (1):144-157 (2015)

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Pete Mandik
William Paterson University of New Jersey
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I develop an argument that believing in the survivability of a mind uploading procedure conveys value to its believers that is assessable independently of assessing the truth of the belief. Regardless of whether the first-order metaphysical belief is true, believing it conveys a kind of Darwinian fitness to the believer. Of course, a further question remains of whether having that Darwinian property can be a basis—in a rational sense of being a basis—for one’s holding the belief. I’ll also make some remarks in the present article toward answering that latter question.
Keywords mind uploading  personal identity  transhumanism
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DOI 10.1111/misp.12040
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