X-Message-Number: 11050
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999 08:34:08 EST
Subject: Re: Uploading the soul

If it indeed becomes possible to download and upload your soul(all the
information, memories & experiences in your brain) it will not be you, just a
copy of you.  Your consciousness in version #1 will cease.  Version #2 may be
an identical copy but a separate consciousness.  Suppose we could download
your "soul" and upload it into a cloned version of you.  Now suppose we did
that while you were still alive.  Will your consciousness exist in two
separate bodies?  Can you live two separate existences simultaneously? I
hardly think so.  To the rest of the world and your friends and family you
would still be you, but your original consciousness, that which tells you who
you are, will cease to exist, at least in this world.

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