- Matthew is a highly intelligent former software developer from Nigeria who has had a cyst on his brain removed which has left him with psychological problems on account of damage to surrounding areas.
- The paper was written just before Matthew had a second operation and discusses his – eventually admitted to be irrational – agreement to have a second operation to remove the cyst. The alternative was to have a shunt fitted to reduce the spino-cerebral pressure, which would carry less risk.
- There are a couple of comments by Michael attached to the paper that indicate he survived the second operation OK, though the long-term prognosis is unknown – though he now admits that his hope that the second operation would repair the damage caused by the first will not (and could not) be realised.
- All this is very interesting and sensitively portrayed, and receives many positive comments. Matthew also features in "Platts-Mills (Ben) - Tell Me the Planets: Stories of Brain Injury and What It Means to Survive", for which – I suppose – this article is partially a plug.
- However, the purpose of this Note is to record and discuss what the author, Matthew and commentators have to say about Parfit1, Personal Identity and Teletransportation2.
- It quotes:-
→ "Huenemann (Charlie) - If I teleport from Mars, does the original me get destroyed?", and
→ "Parfit (Derek) - Divided Minds and the Nature of Persons"
- To be concluded … !
- Sub-title: "An operation to remove a brain cyst changed Matthew’s identity. Who will he become after the next round of surgery?"
- For the full text, see Aeon: Platts-Mills - On Matthew’s mind.
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