The Fermi Paradox and the Essence of Identity

Summary of my bookmarked links from Apr 20th, 2023


  • The Fermi Paradox

    The article explores the Fermi Paradox, which questions the absence of evidence for extraterrestrial civilizations. It discusses the vastness of the universe and the potential for intelligent life on other planets. The article introduces the concept of the Great Filter, which suggests that there may be a barrier preventing life from reaching advanced stages. It presents three possible explanations: we are rare, we are the first, or we are doomed. The author explores different scenarios and highlights the uncertainty surrounding the Fermi Paradox, emphasizing the need for further exploration and understanding.

  • What Makes You You?

    This article explores various theories of personal identity: the Body Theory, the Brain Theory, and the Data Theory. The author presents thought experiments to examine these theories. In one experiment, they discuss a scenario where brains are swapped between two individuals, concluding that the brain is the core component of identity. Another experiment involves teleportation, raising the question of whether it is a form of traveling or dying. The article highlights the complexity of personal identity and leaves the reader contemplating the implications of these theories.