If you have a wooden boat, and over the course of time each panel is replaced until eventually all panels are new, is it stitll the same boat?

By Shaye-Lynne . Created on Oct 09, 2019
Philosophical question Does an entity still exist if, over the course of time, every one of the components that originally made it up have been replaced? Or, has it now become a brand new entity?
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Yes
Katelyn said 7 days ago
Apply it to a person. We all change over time but we are still ourselves, just new and improved.
Yes
alfromal said a week ago
still the same boat, just with new planking
Yes
chammond8 said a week ago
Lol
Yes
Marcus said a week ago
Plus ca change; plus ca meme chose.
No
Judy said a week ago
not really you put new panels on a boat it not old anymore its new
No
Damien said a week ago
All of our cells are replaced every few years, but we are still ourselves. Just a thought.
Yes
Karmen said a week ago
If eventually over time every panel would be replaced the panels replaced first would no longer be new and would have been adopted into the original boat and memories/experience made with you with connection to the original boat. You would not think after that much time: oh I have a new boat.
No
Julielynnmartin said a week ago
Still the same old boat with a few upgrades
No
Damien said a week ago
Functionally/effectively, yes. Literally, no. I would go with that it is the same boat to chose because, otherwise, WE would be several people over a lifetime and I do not believe I have been several other, distinct, people.