reply to post by _damon
The thing with the human mind, is that in its developmental stage of growth, it lays down new pathways for itself, according to the chemcial and
emotional stimuli to which it is exposed during maturation. Once these pathways are laid, the chances are that the persons reactions and likely
actions will remain within a known range unless severe physical or mental trauma occurs. Now, although one could say that being seperated from the
flesh mask we all wear, an inserted into a metal skin would be such a trauma, I think the odds are good that the person would remain largely
They would have to get used to the new body, its capabilities and short commings, the differences in tensile strength, gripping force, and so on, but
the spirit does not reside in the body. A persons emotions are largely electrochemical signals sent by the brain, to the rest of the body which merely
expresses these emotions. Of course physical sensation deprivation would cause an issue, but the reality is that if a metal body were to be
constructed, it would pretty much HAVE to have delicate sensory equipment on its outer layer.
The reason for this is that so much of our understanding of movement and balance is related to not only our inner ears, but the responsiveness and
sensitivity of our flesh. We feel the air move over the small hairs on our flesh when we walk, run, or move. We can feel our footing become more or
less stable dependant on the camber of a given surface, or its structure, wether concrete, shale, mud, or grass. So much of our capacity for function
in the world of our birth is related to sensation, that to remove or replace things like touch, taste, sight and hearing with anything less than
amazing analogues, would cause a human mind to cease to function effectively after a time, due to lack of appropriate stimulus.
The mind can atrophy, somewhat like a muscle, if it is not used, not stimulated. As long as the mind is implanted in such a mechanical construct, as
could recreate or better the stimulation level provided by mankinds normal interaction with his surroundings, then I do not see why the human/machine
connection could not be a successful venture.