Originally posted by jasperdashIf noone has ever answered it, then you don't know the answer. So who will tell poster if he is correct?
if a man has a boat, and one board is rotten, so he replaces it. if eventually, one by one, all the boards have been replaced so there is not one original part. is it a new boat? and if so, when dd it stop being his old boat and start being his new boat?
no one has ever answered this in the history of the world. its impossible. so dont feel bad when you cant figure it out.
Originally posted by greenpawn34Every time you replace a board in "The Mad Mary", you keep the old piece. Once all of the boards have been replaced, you take all the old pieces and form them into a boat. is it "The Mad Mary"? Is it a new boat? It has all the original pieces of "The Mad Mary".
The boat has a name, let's call it 'The Mad Mary'.
The Mad Mary was built in say 1940. so it's 70 years old.
All the boards have been replaced but it's still 'The Mad Mary.'
and it is still 70 years old.
Originally posted by forkedknightIf you ask Mic*#&^oft, excuse my French, any time you replace more than one out of about a dozen "essential", "identifying" parts (such as, ooh, the screws in the case), you have a new computer and need to pay $978,34 for a new license for Losedows.
This is really a subjective question. If I build a computer using 50% of the parts of my old computer, is it a new computer, or is it just an upgrade? What about 30%? What about 80%?
Originally posted by IglooIf you've been asked this in your second year as a philosophy student, and none of you wastrels has yet learned enough to answer "What makes me me is me, damn it!", you need to ask your money back for your first year.
We were posed this question in a second year philosophy course. It's a scaled down version of the question of personal identity (what makes you you?).