From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2013 22:51:19 -0000 Archived: Sun, 03 Nov 2013 09:28:47 -0400 Subject: Re: "Thought" Definition >From: Jason Gammon <boyinthemachine.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2013 17:15:57 -0400 (EDT) >Subject: Re: "Thought" Definition <snip> >John doesn't know it but he is now immortal. He has merged with >a machine intelligence, a "blank"-type of seed A.I. that has >grown to become John. Johns memories and record of thought >patterns, everything that makes John who he is, is uploaded to a >machine intelligence that is say, orbiting the planet. When John >dies here on this planet he will simply 'wake up' in another >body aboard a craft, itself being a part of this machine >intelligence. <snip> >See the thing with humans is they confuse the body for being who >they are. Your body is a mere garment, a costume. Your body is >nothing more than a vessel. It's time humans put emphasis on >what is really important, the mind, the soul, the essence of a >person and not the mask they are wearing to interact with this >world. Hi Jason, While I agree with your assessments of the human situation, there are three difficulties with the mechanics of your ambition: i) John is, at any one moment, a total collection of his past memories, sensations and opinions etc. Ten minutes later John is a different person, because he has more, maybe different additional memories of sensations and opinions etc. Therefore any 'immortal' John is merely a machine with a kernel of a snapshot of 'old John' at a moment of time. ii) those transitions ('uploading' or 'dying') have been considered by many scientists (and sci-fi writers). In line with quantum theory any copying or tele-portation will mean the destruction of the original. So John#1 will experience real death and nothing more, while John#2 will wake-up 'as-new' but equipped with a kernel of John#1 at a past moment in time. As Roger Penrose asked - "who's going to volunteer to be John#1"? iii) the mind and body are more intricately inter-linked than we usually realize. Recall how your mood/optimism/views are entirely different after a good meal? Or after physical exercise, danger or sex for that matter? Cheers Ray D Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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