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Posted by Harvey on May 19, 2003 21:22:16 UTC

Kyle,

***CONCLUSION:
It is a bold statement and it is admittedly speculative, but I am saying that if we could replace your entire brain with an artificial analog of it, then we would still retain your consciousness. Can we ever do that? I donít know. In theory, I repeat, in theory, we should be able to. To think otherwise assumes the supernatural. To me, this is the only method (outside of the supernatural) by which we could achieve any sort of scientifically-valid immortality.***

Well, I have no idea if consciousness is something that can be replaced or implemented using machines or not. As a theist believing in an afterlife, I believe in identity of a person, and this identity stretches from a certain period of time to another period in time, but no further. I see the resurrection and judgement of our life as a resurrection of this identity (i.e., our soul). That's supernatural from our perspective, but the term 'supernatural' either means pseudo-scientific beliefs or scientific beliefs that we have no inkling as of yet.

Harv

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