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Neuroenhancement and the Extended Mind Hypothesis

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  • #26425
    Peter
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    Is your smartphone really an extended part of your mind?

    [See the full post at: Neuroenhancement and the Extended Mind Hypothesis]

    #26428
    Marcos
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    > ” Alterations of external props are ethically on a par with functionally similar alterations of the brain, ”

    Sorry to play the Devil’s advocate again but, that sword cuts both ways, so to speak.. Law enforcement, as you are well aware, will happily use this argument to “alter”, or at the very least “read” (but we also know now this implies altering, in the case of the brain), the brains of suspects soon enough. Just as they may subpoena your emails or cellphones (and surely it’s position over time) nowadays.

    And why stop there, if we discover peripheral neuron patches don’t seem to affect her ethical highness — consciousness — as so many implant owners seem to declare, we can use that as punishment when our prisons are full but the crime asks for a little more than public service… Here, let me remove that substantia nigra of yours, when your sentence is complete we can provide you with a Parkison implant.

    #26442
    Peter
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    The main point of interest here for transhumanists is that the “mind” or “self” is shown to exist in part outside of the body.

    Our thoughts make use of and depend on external objects like books or visual markers.

    We store our “memories” inside of computers.

    Law enforcement and similar entities already look at these “extended minds”, for example, they might search your cellphone or look at your social media profiles.

    #26611
    Marcos
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    Precisely.

    If our philosophy does not distinguish between the two, we won’t even have an argument against brain probing when the tech is available later in this decade.

    As if they need one anyway. =)

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