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It depends. If I still have my memories, then yes, I would notice. If I didn't have my own memories, then I would simply have been turned into you.
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who we are is such a complex question, but I believe that it's a mix of who we are inside ( who we are born as) and what we become as our experiences shape us. Who we are constantly changes from day to day, even moment to moment. The answer to your question is complicated because if it's not my consciousness ( my thoughts and memories that transfer to your body, then what "me" does? My soul? Is my soul my personality? My emotions? That's the tough part about this question. My answer to the question is no, if I woke up in your body with your memories I would not still be me. There might be a part of "me" in you, some personality, emotion, or presence that comes through, but your thoughts and memories would affect who "I" am and change me. The "me" that was in you, would also change you in that case, maybe not a lot but there would likely be some small differences. You and the me in you would become a new entity, an "Us".
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I think I understand where this question is headed.
If I wake up in your body and retain my own memory, I'll definitely freak out when I see myself in the mirror.
But if I wake up in your body with your memory instead of mind, it'll be like just another day, no changes, no difference.
So, in essence, we are one human nature with unique physical differences.
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Taking some time upon thinking about this, I think I would notice. I have your memories, but my personality, belief in certain things, and interactions with other people would challenge those memories. First, my personality would likely clash with the memories. My opinions on certain topics are not completely the same as yours. The few people I associate with would know something was vastly different about me.
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No, I don't think there would be any difference to be noticed at all. A difference can be noticed if there is a change noticed. But if the body, mind, memories, bed, everything is changed, then the new you won't feel a change. There has to be a reference and a reference can be there with knowledge.
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The interpretation is simple. Mr. A shifting the memories and body from him to Mr. B and living B's life with B's memories. So, would there be any difference to notice?

I say, No, there would no difference in my opinion.
Our life is based on our memories. Each individual is distinguished by their memories. If there are no memories then there's no life as such. If someone lost their memories then still they create new memories by living the lost memory life.

If two person's memories are getting combined then it would've been different to notice but not on shifting it.
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The uniqueness and individuality of my soul would never dissolve or be destroyed even if I went to sleep in my body in my bed with my memories, and awoke in your body in your bed with your memories instead of mine. I think in that case, I would still identify myself, although I might not be practically aware of it. So, there would certainly be a difference to notice.
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