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Posted by Phillip Martin on May 20, 2003 03:59:55 UTC

From the get-go I said its not the same person. The ear might act the same, but its not the same. Mind (connections and whatnot) and body (neurons, and physical substance) are one; apart, they are never the same.

My brain is my brain, no matter what (who) the OS is, its still my brain, and I cannot transfer it to a computer and call myself immortal, because I would still be dead (my physical self), although I may have convinced the computer that it is me.

Which brings up another question, is the computer discardable since it now has a conciousness (sp?)? No, it is not. HE/SHE is a person just like everything else, and has a will to survive, and it certainly thinks it is real (it is as real as any human who ever lived). Computer AI should be refered to as "who" (once it reaches that level or higher, or a comparable level, blah blah blah) instead of "it". How would you feel if everyone suddenly began calling you a what or an it? "Look at it, it talking!" Same scenario, you deserve the who status like all capable beings. I believe a computer is a being just like any biological being.

Another scenario...
My brain is erased of all its information and connections, and replaced with another conciousness (but still my brain). Would I still be alive? No, I wouldn't, but the other person would.

I think I've said enough for you to understand the way i think about it. (Although I havn't mentioned anothing about the whole constant consciousness, or renewing con., or blah, you've probably read it.)

Warm Regards,

Phillip Martin

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