posted on Jul, 19 2012 @ 01:20 PM
I agree with previous posts about not knowing how memories are stored and even how separate our consciousnesses are from our bodies.
For those who don't believe in life after death, then this would likely be a waste of time anyways.
For those who believe that there is a separate "self" that defines each of us, then we need to determine whether all of that even exists encoded
within the matrix/network of the brain. I recall reading about a suggestion that memories might be kept in the glial or supporting cells between the
neurons in the brain, or something like that.
But there is the other question of how to truly determine that someone who says that they have all the memories of a person and claims to be that
person and exhibits all the mannerisms associated with that person is, in fact, really that person.
I think it may be like the scene in the Avatar movie where the main character used the tree that everyone linked into to transfer himself from his
human body into his native blue body. The movie showed his first-person point of view with him closing his eyes being in his old body while it is
dying and he sees things getting blurry, then opening his eyes and finding himself inside his new body that can live on the planet without special
equipment. That would probably be what someone would experience while being transferred to a machine that could copy and perform all of their brain
functions. But how would such a person be able to prove to everyone else that they are really still themselves but in a new "body"? Still, for
those of us who would be trying to determine if the machine functioning with all of the characteristics of the person is really that person, or just a
machine mimicking that person, we would not be able to say that is really the same person for certain. Or would it be merely like a clone of the
person as a distinct entity who has all the original person's memories, but who is a separate person? Think of identical twins who, while being
genetic copies of each other, are still distinct individuals who have their own separate identities and do not share each other's consciousness.
That would be a difficult puzzle, trying to determine if a person really transferred to the new brain/body, or if it is just a new entity with
memories of the prior person.