Interesting idea raised by Jimmy in another thread - if an advanced race fully understood their DNA they could recreate themselves as they saw fit. Topic for discussion: What would be the ultimate modifications?
I'm imagining almost all brain, living in an almost indestructible metal shell connected to robotic limbs that could be changed out as necessary. What do YOU think?
I shudder with you.
"There can only be one" (snicker)
What is "life" about a copy of my brain? A copy is a copy. Take identical twins, for example. They may look alike, they may be genetically identical, and yet they are different people.
@Unseen....Exactly.....a copy of yourself, is only a copy at the instant of transfer. The copy then takes on new experiences, making it unlike the original.
Twins aren't copies, they have different experiences, different memories.
You made it very clearly. If the sense of continuity is so critical to us, perhaps that's why "life after death" feels so comfortable to the religious. I wonder how many religions there would be today if none contained the postulation of life after death.
hopefully I won't be lucid at the moment my death is evident and definite.
I know, right!? I'd probably have a heart attack, premature to an "expected" time of death.
@Kris.....Whatever continuity that has been forgotten, would be forgotten in the copy also. So yes, continuity is in the equation, but basically irrelevant pursuant to a copy. I very much know what you mean.
You're missing my point. The copy has its own consciousness. I'm not persisting, a copy of me is persisting. I am dead. A consciousness belongs to a body. A specific body.
Here's a quote from that article about Hawking:
"I think the brain is like a programme in the mind, which is like a computer, so it's theoretically possible to copy the brain onto a computer and so provide a form of life after death.
"However, this is way beyond out present capabilities. I think the conventional afterlife is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark."
It appears that either Hawking was misquoted or he misspoke (mistyped?) It makes more sense to compare brain to hardware (computer) and mind to software (program).