[2d post in a series, start with the first post here]
Vox has a profile of Derek Parfit out today, covering the impact of his ideas on philosophy.
When we were working on the connectedness research I discussed yesterday, it was back in the days of paper surveys, and I brought unused blank surveys home, for my kids to draw on. At one point, we got into a discussion about it, and I tried to explain to my then 9 year old daughter the idea of connectedness to the future self. I wasn’t sure that my explanation was making all that much sense to her. But then a few days later I found this picture:
I think it actually captures the idea of having high connectedness to the future self really well. We age and our bodies change, but if the core that defines me, whatever I think that is, remains the same, then I’m still mainly the same person.