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    ( I have no idea wether this is biology, medicine, physics, or philosophy) Lately i've heard Michio Kaku, the physicist,and many others, theorize that it may one day be possible to download the conciousnes and memories of our brains into a computer or (preferably) an android/robot body. "In this way imortality may be atainable by preserving our minds." Ever since I first heard this theory, ive been skeptical. Since you would essentially be right clicking, then copy pasting the contents of your brain into another body, Wouldn't the original you die in his or her body? (speculation)Arn't you just making another you? Isnt this form of imortality an illusion since, the other you would have a mind of its own?


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    I think you've hit the nail on the head there, just where does the body and brain end and the mind begin?, does anybody know?, doubtful. Even if we did know, as you point out, how can the two be sepperated without simply ending up with a copy of the mind instead of the original.

    The mind isn't like a computer we can just turn on and off or move about willy nilly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    I think you've hit the nail on the head there, just where does the body and brain end and the mind begin?, does anybody know?, doubtful. Even if we did know, as you point out, how can the two be sepperated without simply ending up with a copy of the mind instead of the original.

    The mind isn't like a computer we can just turn on and off or move about willy nilly.
    think of all the clinical trials it would take to figure that out. Every new trial is essentially a new death.There's no way the ethics groups will accept it. Funding probably wont be a problem, though, since there must be a few hundred billionares eager to live "forever".
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    It would certainly throw up more than a few ethical questions. Also what would people be going into, would really be a body or just a mechanical box. How would the subconscious cope with the situation, would it lead to insanity. There are just so many questions and obstacles to overcome. Also would it fundamental change the focus of life, as lets face it we simply wouldn't be driven by the same basic needs and desires anymore. Would it really still be life or some kind electronic purgatory, some scary thoughts with the whole idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    I think you've hit the nail on the head there, just where does the body and brain end and the mind begin?, does anybody know?, doubtful. .
    Hmm. I think most of us already know the answer to that, some of us just don't like the answer--the mind is just part of a functional brain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynx_Fox View Post
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    I think you've hit the nail on the head there, just where does the body and brain end and the mind begin?, does anybody know?, doubtful. .
    Hmm. I think most of us already know the answer to that, some of us just don't like the answer--the mind is just part of a functional brain.
    If you mean there isn't a seperation point between brain and mind I would certainly agree here.
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    And if we have all of the brain,we have all of the being(the body however am not sure of)
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    Quote Originally Posted by merumario View Post
    And if we have all of the brain,we have all of the being(the body however am not sure of)
    I think if you seperate body and brain you end up with something very different though, well certainly not a person anymore, because one of the main fuctions of the brain is to service the needs of the body, take that away and along goes half it's raison d'etre.

    The problem then becomes what takes it's place, do the parts of the brain responsible for the body start encroaching into our counsciousness looking for something to do, do they shrivel up and die, or perhaps find some new other task as yet unknown. But always the result will be different from that of a normal person, i.e. brain inside the head attached to a body, we would be creating something new with new wants and desires, certainly very strange by comparison of what we are today.
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