X-Message-Number: 25030
Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2004 07:40:48 -0500
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: CryoNet #25023 - #25029

FOR Richard B R:

What you say is fine except that you did not answer my questions:
you haven't really told me what your soul is. If, in theory (and
I would be among the first to point out that actually doing so
would be many orders of magnitude harder than "uploading"), we 
can reproduce whatever part of your brain experiences qualia, then
have we reproduced your soul? Just how does your "soul" relate
to the physical body and brain you have?

You may wish to POSTULATE that your soul exists and experiences
qualia, and leave the question at that. Your theory then becomes
an abstract theory which must somehow (to be more than a curiosity)
become connected with the world. Can any external person even
theoretically point to your soul, at least figuratively? How do
I, in my own body and brain, verify that you have a soul in the
first place?

            Best wishes and long long life to all,

                   Thomas Donaldson

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