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originally posted by: Aphorism
a reply to: AlienView
Consciousness is the body. If you change bodies, you change consciousness. Embodied cognition is gaining speed and empirical evidence, and will soon supervene the computational theory of mind and consciousness. Only bodies think and are conscious.
Not Proven. In debates in other threads I have had about consciousness I have yet to see a definition of consciousness that all would agree on; Books have been written and much research has been done on consciousness and I've yet to see a universal definition of exactly what consciousness is. Last night on the Coast to Coast radio show a doctor [including 15 years teaching at Harvard Medical School, Eben Alexander, M.D] who had experienced an NDE [near death experience] advanced the theory that consciousness is existent throughout all of existence and the human brain does not generate it but rather acts as a filter to filter much of it out so we can function as individuals - If that is true your body is not the source of your consciousness and could be replaced.
..... Prosthetics have been shown to reduce or eliminate phantom-limb pain, implying our mind has a body-map. AI with bodies and sensory-systems have developed primitive personalities. Merely standing in an aggressive stance induces testosterone levels, enhancing confidence. And so on.
Like I said, embodied cognition is gaining ground in psychology, linguistics, AI research, biology, philosophy and medicine. I predict it will overturn these fields soon enough. Don’t take my word for it; look at the evidence and decide on your own accord.
the transplanted structures also took on a range of liver functions — secreting liver-specific proteins and producing human-specific metabolites. But perhaps most notably, these buds quickly hooked up with nearby blood vessels and continued to grow after transplantation.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
What if you connected the newly cloned brain to the old brain? Then, you activated the clone, and allowed the clone to "access" the old brain for a period of time. Over time, one might be able to "move" the consciousness of oneself into the new body, taking with them the essential elements of their personality and consciousness with them. This would eliminate the issue of trying to figure out how to format brain programming into computer programming and back again. Two brains speaking the same language, with identical structures. The old brain would essentially act as training wheels for the new one.
originally posted by: akushla99
Don't you get a 'whole new body' every approximately 7 years?