In recent days I’ve been talking with a good friend Ricardo about the self and the future of technology. I stumbled upon an idea that cleared up a problem I had with whether you’d experience a copy of your brain.
Imagine you’re cloned by creating an exact copy of your cells and memories. It would act and be exactly the same as you, but your current self wouldn’t experience that body, and you would soon be different from your clone.
However, imagine your memories are then merged with the clone every day. You could effectively experience two consciousnesses. This is similar to reading a story and then remembering the story and also the time spent reading it. You have multiple non-interferring memories.
In other words, if you can merge memories, you can have more than one physical body.