Re: Galaxy brain death

Anders Sandberg (
Wed, 13 Aug 1997 17:50:14 +0200 (MET DST)

On Tue, 12 Aug 1997, Max M (Not More.. Not less) wrote:

> Well the people i have seen die of old age, havn't seem to be that worried
> about it. They felt they had experienced everything. Their life was a bore,
> and their friends had died. I guess if i'm uploaded and my brain is running
> a million times faster, and im so smart that problems that now seems
> difficult will be trivial, that there might someday come a time when i feel
> that there won't be more to experience. (I'm certainly not shure, but it
> could happen.)
> Then, just to get the final kick, i would somehow make my uploaded mind a
> part of the universe.

Recently I was cleaning my hard drive at home from old junk when I
found an archive of my father's files. He died three years ago (he
definitely fell in the category of people who are content with dying,
being a victim of multiple sclerosis), and I had archived his files
shortly afterwards. In some sense they remain a record of his mind
and interests, very incomplete but still clearly his. I didn't erase
the archive, and put it back in my own long-term archive.

Maybe this is an interesting alternative to death as total
information-loss, death as merely the end of active change. As we
die, we allow ourselves and out exoselves to be archived (as a whole
or partially) for future study, reference or use. In some sense the
dead are already in this state, archeologists and paleontologists are
definitely getting information from them.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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