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Comment on My cranium is open source?

Spaceweaver Fri, Apr 11, 2008
Wildcat: I have a lot to say about this, and I will try to be brief. Right now we do not have an issue of indivisibility, because we do not know as yet how to directly interface to the brain in a significant manner. The issue may arise once neuro-technology will reach a point where such interfaces will become available. But even then what will change, I believe, is the concept of individuality and not the quality of indivisibility.

As the mind seems to be supervenient on the central nervous system, significant structural changes in the nervous system will bring about reorganization of the mind. I believe that the experience and the very concept of individuality, as we know them today, are both modalities of mind induced by the structural constraints of the central nervous system as I briefly pointed in my post. Individuality has to do with the sense of separation from the 'rest of existence' . It arises from difference in interconnectivity between domains, in this case, the difference between the inner connectivity of the brain as compared to the connectivity of the brain to its immediate environment. Indivisibility is something quite different; it is the holistic quality of experience arising within a domain of very high connectivity.

In a future scenario where structural constraints of the nervous system are lifted, as for example by direct high bandwidth interface into the brain, the organization of the mind will change in concert. It is difficult to imagine how it will feel like, but I can speculate that the sense of indivisibility, the gestalt quality of experience will not change. The contour of this holistic experience however, will be extended beyond the confines of one's biological embodiment. What will define the contour of the mind, and if so what will derive the sense of individuality, seems to be dependent on the specific design of the future neural interfaces. For example, in the special case of an interface where the change in the degree of interconnectivity will be gradual and not abrupt as it is in the biological system, the contour of individuation will become fuzzy resulting in a non individuated kind of experience.

The interesting prospect here is that neuro-technology will allow a profound diversity of kinds of mind. Minds will have the capability to configure themselves into different varying levels of individuation. Moreover, such configurations will be dynamic. I think this is literally mind boggling :-) Bottom line, given such dynamic configurable individuality, as I said, the experience and very concept of individual will profoundly change. This will be an entirely different mind.