> None of which means that when the node-machine dies, the personality
> construct associated with its functioning could possibly continue
> else, or `merge back into' the cosmic flow, or any other `holistic'
> formulation. That's just as muddleheaded. Yes, those aspects of our
> `selves' that echo or implement ordered structures circulating among
> individuals (call those aspects, loosely, `memes' or `standing waves' or
> `attractors', whatever) will persist, while slowly or swiftly morphing.
> impress we as individuals have left upon the discursive fields will remain
> for a time to impose chaotic influence on other living nodes, but we'll be
> toast. Too bad. Keep the dewars chilled and prepare the nanos for node
> revival in due course. Otherwise, the tide's gone out and there's only
> drying kelp left on the beach.
Not quite. You're still viewing your "self" as a self-contained entity, not
as the totality of existence. So far, no one has explained why the "self"
exists- other than in a physicalist manner which really doesn't explain
anything, because it still doesn't explain the idea of self-in-experience
(in other words, why am I me and why am I not you... or why am I not aware
of everything, because I am part of everything). The only reason we think
we are self contained is because of the limits of our nerve endings- as
Wilber pointed out, our consciousness extends much further. The brain is
not a machine that exists outside the universe- it is constantly reacting to
the gravitational effects of countless bodies throughout the universe, and
ends up being something of a conveyance for thought that takes place as the
motions of innumerable bodies throughout the universe.
Will you be self-aware when you die? No.
Is there a soul? No.
Will we reincarnate? Not in totality- but to some extent, the patterns may
However, the movements still take place. The universe goes on, and life
continues. The ego is the only thing that has vanished.
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