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    Can my Mind exist outside my body? Can I have a consciousness transplant?

    I suppose mind is a direct result of genetic information and environment and as such would be hard to imagine (or recognize) outside of its natural habitat. It seems that so much of what we call personality is determined by genetics and environment that displacing the self-reflecting entity (if there is such a thing) to a location outside of its host (the body) while keeping the mind in tact sounds simply impossible. But perhaps we'll be surprised when we try. Because even though the mind might be a direct result of the biological system, we could replicate this system to be like the host.

    What would it be like to "wake up" after extensive "surgery", to realize "you" are not in your own body, but transplanted (or downloaded) into an environment running on integrated circuits? Would the bandwidth available to the mind be relatively huge now that it does not have to process any physical stimuli and organize motor functions, etc.? And if all this is possible, would it mean that mind is a kind of independent life form?

    The shape of the human body—and the shape of any living creature for that matter—appears to be directly related to its activities: feeding, reproducing, defending, etc., in the particular environment (which includes climate, food supply, competition and stability factors) that the creature is born into.

    Human activity has drastically changed over a relatively short period of time, causing much of the current shape of our bodies to be inconveniently outdated. They require a lot of upkeep, like pretending to hunt prey but actually running on a treadmill. We are basically forced to use our body for activities that have been abandoned long ago in order to keep it healthy and functioning properly.

    So because it looks like the body is simply a vehicle used by the brain to get around, what would the ideal shape of the body be today? Just a head? A floating, hovering, flying head? (maybe the ears can be used as wings). We'd still be able to see, hear, smell and most importantly, think.

    Reproduction is an isssue though. Any ideas?
    Sat, Jul 14, 2007  Permanent link
    Categories: consciousness, brain, biology
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    Terence Mckenna on how reality is a novelty making machine and what happens when a bicycle meets a sowing machine on an operating table. In his opinion, Novelty is produced, preserved and built upon, versus Science's theory that it sprang forth from a point of matter smaller than a proton in a single instant."

    From the mothernode: Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was a writer, philosopher and ethnobotanist. He was most notable for his many speculations on the use of psychedelic, plant-based hallucinogens, and other subjects ranging from Shamanism to the origins of the human species to Novelty theory - which claims time to be a fractal wave of increasing novelty that culminates dramatically in 2012. More...
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    Terence McKenna: "If you were an extra-terrestrial in a starship in orbit around this planet, what you would see looking down is a gene swarm. The species that seem to us to be animal forms extremely stable in time, are actually highly permeable membranes over millennia and tens of millennia, with genes crossing over, moving around, and being basically obedient to the expression of some kind of teleological form."

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