RE: Debunk All Religiosity Equally (D.A.R.E.) ---> inloading

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Date: Sat Jul 07 2001 - 01:04:11 MDT

> I would also point out, once again, that a believe it is
> possible for the essence of you to jump substrate at all is
> grounds for something that looks very much like a
> technologically backed doctrine of the soul and even soul
> migration and possible reincarnation. I embrace those
> implications, you would demean others who believe something like
> this is possible on different grounds than you do.

Without speaking for the rest of us, I'm very much not in favor of
attempting to "jump substrate." I'm pretty sure that abruptly changing the
system that I run on will cause me to cease to exist and create a copy. Good
luck to the copy, but my interest in the process abrubtly ceases to exist
somewhere around "cease to exist."

Inloading (and similar gently-gently techniques) mean that the patterns of
data that are you never actually stop being physically identified with one
distinct set of matter -- you're just extending that set. You will change,
but you won't cease to exist.

"Soul" can be a useful shorthand for "this intelligence associated with this
chunk of matter." But that tends to confuse things.


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