7Wannabe5 wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:13 am
What I should have said was something more like "The human mind is not like a computer in the sense that anything resembling continuation of consciousness would be possible via upload."
brute pretty much agrees with this, at least regarding the brain. the brain is the hardware and the software. unlike most popular computers today, brute believes it will be impossible to transfer one "consciousness" into another brain. the consciousness is made of the brain.
the brain is not just the CPU, but also the hard drive, including its contents. moving a "consciousness" onto another brain would imply changing every neuron in that brain, after which, it could be argued, it would not be the same brain. is a hard drive the same hard drive after all the bits have been flipped? it is a physical change.
beyond the brain, it seems that human "consciousness" is indeed informed by various bodily functions (mostly senses). but these seem relatively standardized and connected through abstractions. brute doesn't see why ears, eyes, and maybe limbs couldn't be changed without affecting the "consciousness" much.
then again, the human body produces lots of hormones, which absolutely have effects on "consciousness". so the personality of the newly transferred "consciousness" might change if the new body has a different hormonal environment. but placing the same human, including same body, in a different context would probably cause certain changes as well, e.g. moving the human to a different country, hearing and having to speak a different language, working at a different job, different friends, hobbies.
brute is unsure how large the effect of all these physical bodily effects is on the brain, but it's probably a lot.