Wednesday, 10 May 2017
"If death was the black emptiness from which she had just woken, then death was nothing to worry about."
-Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest (London, 2009), Chapter 3, p. 61.
Poul Anderson assumes survival when he writes fantasy but this is only a fictional premise. However, if we assume, for the sake of argument, that each human being has an immortal soul, then we have to ask whether such souls are also possessed by:
multiple "uploads" of human personalities (see here);
"emulated" human beings (see here);
tripartite Didonians (see here);
duplicated human beings (see here).
Can not only bodies but also souls be duplicated or would God create a new soul in each of these examples?