For an upload to feel the same as its original, it needs the ENS, because
"Feelings are experienced by signals from the brain through the Enteric
Nervous System where they are experienced in the viscera as feelings."
More about the autonomous abdominal nervous system:
Modeling the enteric nervous system
Using versions 1 and 2 of our software we have modeled the sub-network of the
enteric nervous system mediating the ascending contraction of the peristaltic
reflex. The ascending enteric reflex pathway consists of sensory neurons, long
chains of a single class of orally directed interneuron and excitatory motor
Enteric "second brain" proves fast track to the public eye
Or as Blakeslee put it in the Times, "Like Siamese twins, the two brains are
interconnected; when one gets upset, the other does too." That's one reason
why these disorders have been frustrating for patients and difficult for
doctors to pin down. Take ulcers, for example. "Did the anxiety cause people
to get Helicobacter pylori [the bacteria responsible for the majority of
ulcers] or did the bacteria make them anxious?" asks Gershon, "It's pretty
clear that the bacteria make people anxious. If your gut is burning, it's
This picture is where the Enteric Nervous System starts:
The Abdominal and Pelvic Brain
Useless hypotheses, etc.:
consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, and ego.
Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
(Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)
We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.
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