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    with the increasing knowledge we obtain from performing experiments on the brain to figure out how it works, will there ever be a time where we will fully understand its capabilities. If so, will we be able to take advantage of that knowledge and send our consciousness into a virtual universe?


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    Quote Originally Posted by kaminari View Post
    will there ever be a time where we will fully understand its capabilities.
    Um, by definition that's a question we can't answer!
    We'd certainly like to think that such a time will come, but, since we don't know that much thus far then we don't know what problems may arise.

    If so, will we be able to take advantage of that knowledge and send our consciousness into a virtual universe?
    That's even more speculative. Since we don't know what further investigation will turn up then we can't say whether or not the "end result" will let us do so - it could be precluded by lack of knowledge or even by the nature of consciousness itself.


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    If the mind were so simple that we that could understand it, we would be so simple that we could not.

    As for the brain living on for ever in a virtual world, I've always found that an interesting idea. In our quest for immortality, could we all live on in jars plugged in to an infinite virtual heaven? Interesting thoughts, but nobody can really say.
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    I am interested in this topic. But I have no idea xD
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaminari View Post
    with the increasing knowledge we obtain from performing experiments on the brain to figure out how it works, will there ever be a time where we will fully understand its capabilities. If so, will we be able to take advantage of that knowledge and send our consciousness into a virtual universe?
    I wonder whether we are already on a very basic level already interacting in our own man made virtual universe when we use the internet. It links us altogether away from the physical world and allows for things that just wouldn't be possible with our normal level of reality. I think perhaps if the concept of the internet expands, and becomes more immersive, then it could maybe begin to become an alternative place for our consciousness along the lines perhaps for our brains as of what the 'cloud' is to single computers, but really this just speculation of future possibilities of what one day may be.

    It's also interesting for the sake of this discussion to muse on the possibilities of consciousness a little. If we think about for a while many of us might conclude that consciousness is a product of both hard and software so to speak in as much as requiring both the brain and the thought processes that make it function. Now if we consider that the brain is capable of creating more thought processes if for example the original is lost we might then conclude that the brain is the more important element for consciousness, but then we might have to consider that it is also possible to replace parts of the brain and maintain the same thought processes.

    Ok for further food for thought, lets consider that during a lifetime every cell in the brain is replaced say every seven years, this means that the original cells hosting the thought processes will be completely different later in life, no imagine if you could take all these future brain cells and grow a new brain whilst the original is still in tact, now you transfer the original thought processes, i.e. you copy the patterns, and put them in the new brain, does this now mean it becomes as seperate different consciousness or is it still just part of the same one? The point being that this theoretical experiment helps to show us the importance of the software or thought processes themselves.

    So really it is still very difficult to 'pin down' consciousness to what it really is, and as such as yet we really don't know whether it is or could be transferable or not.
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