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If a computer simulated reality can be made to seem sensibly indistinguishable from ordinary physical reality, what's the problem?
Some people... think living in a fake simulated world is not really all that different from this world. Of course, that is untrue. It is deafeningly remote from the "spirit" of true reality.
There is something qualitatively superior to a world where things exist without our knowing how or why they exist to a world that has been artificially fashioned by computer programmers.
Only a math obsessed science nerd could fail to appreciate what he would be losing by uploading his mind to a computer (if such a thing were even possible to begin with).
They fail to consider the distinct possibility that the portion of the brain that was removed only acted as a radio receiver, not a storage device.
why do souls have to be "unique" to our bodies and us individually?
are we not here to grow as mortal men no matter your spiritual views?
how would transferring a consciousness into another shell alter the soul?
Ultimately, the things that give meaning, value and savour to life are not mental events but physical ones.
On a side note, one wonders how these wondrous disembodied intelligences are going to enjoy the adrenaline rush of a simulated roller-coaster ride without a pair of adrenal glands. Do they imagine that feelings, too, are reducible to data?
The thread is implying that somehow we are not just the sum of our collective intelligence in one shell or another, but that we are in fact MORE and that MORE is un-transferable.
I say, we are MORE and that MORE is absolutely present in any shell, in duplicate, in parts, anywhere and in all forms. I dont take issue with transhumanism because of this. ultimately it is an effort to improve the physical aspect of our bodies and world, and as such is not an infringement on our spirit.
your question of "what is a soul".....is unanswerable. Not because the words arent there, I am sure I could think of something, its just that you show your hand. In fact this entire post is not even for you but rather is for the discussion. You have already made up your mind or are just fooling around.
dont be turned off from "evil" transhumanism. Not that long ago being gay or black was considered evil.... So....make up your own mind and look at the facts, then ask your self who is making you think any certain way.
I don't think transhumanism is evil. I merely think it is impossible
Yet you have avoided explaining that, assuming materialism is true, how exactly would transhumanism be impossible. Is there some physical law that would forbid it?
Change is the one constant. Whether we live long or short lives we will, no matter what, die. No person stays the same from one day to the next. They all change. And as the years add up, more and more changes occur. Even if people kept their youth they would inevitably change, either due to accident or desire to. We cannot escape change and thus we cannot escape death, since death is the ending of the past and the rebirth of a person in somebody else or in some other form.