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Old 09-21-2013, 09:35 PM
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Default Stephen Hawking: The afterlife is a fairy tale (but your brain might go on)

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Old 09-21-2013, 11:59 PM
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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."
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:53 AM
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Nah, when I die I'll just keep my memories to myself.
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:19 AM
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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.
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Riiighhhht....because Stephen hawking KNOWS. Is he God all of a sudden?
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