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omegaman 09-21-2013 09:35 PM

Stephen Hawking: The afterlife is a fairy tale (but your brain might go on)

LCARS 24 09-21-2013 11:59 PM

Download the brain to a chip? Yeah, yeah. It's in addition to writing, music, other art, and the rest of one's legacy good or bad being preserved for posterity. Elvis on vinyl or tape, digitized and copied to one medium after another as long as humanity survives.

But what about things you wanted kept secret? "He died without ratting us out, but that chip has to be iced."

kevin 09-22-2013 02:53 AM

Nah, when I die I'll just keep my memories to myself.

horatio 09-22-2013 03:19 AM

I doubt that you could easily copy the brain. Everything out there is more than the sum of its parts, be it a photon weighing far more than the sum of its quarks in physics, an organic molecule being more than just hydrogen, oxygen and carbon in chemistry or a group of people being more than just a number of individuals in human culture.
So our brain is more than the sum of its neurons firing or whatever. Acknowledging that complexity exists, that there is an unfathomable gap between an entity and the sum of its parts doesn't mean you have to get esoteric or religious, when we die we are gone. But while we are alive our brain might be a bit too complex of a thing to simply download.

I think that Hawking will live on via his articles and books after he dies. No insult intended but what interest could anybody have in any of his other thoughts? What you do matters, not your supposedly rich and unfathomable inner life.

tannerwaterbury 09-22-2013 01:28 PM


Originally Posted by omegaman (Post 329901)

Riiighhhht....because Stephen hawking KNOWS. Is he God all of a sudden?

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