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Module 2 clip #5

  1. 1. WHY IMMORTALITY IS NOT SOBADJohn Martin Fischer
  2. 2. Williams’s Conditions for anAttractive Immortality1. The Identity Condition-the future personmust be genuinely identical to the individual2. The Attractiveness Condition-the life of thefuture person must be attractive to theindividual
  3. 3. Williams’s Dilemma1. Either one’s character changes over time or itdoes not.2. If one’s character doesn’t change over time,one’s experiences will eventually lead todetachment and boredom.3. If one’s character does change over time, one’sfuture projects can’t give rise to categoricaldesires now, since we lack the relevant characterfor finding those projects desirable.4. Thus, immortality is essentially unattractive.
  4. 4. “Endlessly Fascinating” Reliability-on balance, fascinating wheneverwe engage in it Density-filled with fascinating moments,whenever we engage in it Infinite Extensibility-at every momentfascinating, endlessly pursued

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