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Keith Wiley’s “Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading”

Keith Wiley’s “Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading”

Mind uploading has long been one of the most conceptually vexing transhumanist technology ideas.   The promise is amazing: Liberating the human mind from the flawed, limited human body … freedom to take on various bodily forms and explore outer space, cyberspace, the bottom of the ocean, or wherever.   And the same philosophical questions come up again and again: Will your upload be you, or just a copy of you?   Is t...

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Cognitive Abstraction Manifolds

Cognitive Abstraction Manifolds

few days ago I started thinking about abstractions whilst reading Surfaces and Essences, a recent book by Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander. I suspect efforts like Surfaces and Essences, which traverse vast and twisted terrains across cognitive science, are probably underrated as scientific contributions. But first, let me briefly introduce the idea-triggering tome. Surfaces and Essences focuses on the role of a...

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Death Is Like A Ticking Time Bomb

Death Is Like A Ticking Time Bomb

I have written extensively on why: 1) we should use technology to defeat death; 2) death is one of the greatest tragedies to befall us; and 3) death makes completely meaningful lives impossible. In my recent post I summarized Nick Bostrom’s story that makes similar points. In response I received this perceptive comment: Love that story. Given that we now see death as a result of genetic programming. Literally, progra...

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