by Massimo Pigliucci
B) Kirk is Kirk1, or Kirk2, whichever you like
C) Kirk is (Kirk1 and Kirk2) before and after
D) Kirk is (Kirk1 and Kirk2) only after transport
E) Kirk is Kirk1 and Kirk is Kirk2, adios transitivity of identity
F) It’s “indeterminate,” in your favorite flavor
G) It’s “nonsense,” colorless, green and sleeping furiously
H) Insoluble paradox
I) Unsure which way to go
J) Huh? What’s this all about?
K) My favorite response isn’t listed (comments please)
As you can see, a good majority of responders went for option (A), which reflects the metaphysical notion that physical continuity is necessary for personal identity (so much for mind uploading...), though several other of the possible answers got about half the votes as the most common one.
The relative advantage of (A) is now significantly increased. Finally, if you add a filter that leaves only academics interested in metaphysics, (A) becomes even more clearly the answer of choice, even though now the sample size becomes perilously low, at n=15:
I contributed to a few other questions, and asked a couple of my own (you can see how this can become a very amusing way to procrastinate actual work...), one of my favorite being “What ethical theory do you most identify or subscribe to? The raw (i.e., unfiltered) responses so far (n=45) put virtue ethics in first place (13 votes), followed by utilitarianism (8), existentialism (6), and deontology (5). Interestingly, filtering by academic philosophers pretty much leaves only virtue ethics and utilitarianism standing, and adding an “interest in ethics” filter eliminates pretty much everything but virtue ethics (though, again, now the sample size is low, at 12 total responses).