Ted Vollers wrote:
Would he not 'be' the Bill that was experiencing the dream, thus having his free will as his normal self. It is my understanding that those accessed based upon the past historical data base are simulated pretty well as they were and would not necessarily be 'flattened in affect' or appear abnormal. I understand that the 'system' is good at this. I have not experienced anyone in such a manner for a sufficiently long time to really know by my direct experience. What I did experience came directly from the past actualized data base but I had forgotten about it and appeared perfectly as I remembered it, once I did remember it. This is just my understanding and my experience is limited.
Ted accessing the data representing someone that is passed MEANS they have no free will and that is how you can tell. In psychology speak that could also be seen as analogy for someone with "flatted affect" as a specific behavior in psychology speak which matches what I would and am imagining interacting with data with no free will to generalize the idea of interacting with a past non-actualized thread person rather than a active bit of Consciousness. It was a simple question really, I thought. Interacting with data with no free will would probably be not lying to call "abnormal" but it really isn't if you know about this stuff, so I do not think you used the term well here.