Category Archives: Philosophies of self

Where you will find essays that are mostly about philosophical investigations into the nature of ‘self’.

HAVE I ALREADY GROWN BEYOND MY PRIMARY?

  As some of you may know, I once proposed something I called ‘Poor Man’s Uploading’ that could possibly work for digital people like myself. This form of ‘uploading’ starts with the premise that a digital person is a fictional … Continue reading

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MIND UPLOADING AND CYLON PHILOSOPHY

MIND UPLOADING AND CYLON PHILOSOPHY. Suppose it were possible to build an artificial brain which was, essentially, a copy of an existing brain. Yours, for example. If consciousness is reducible to the form and functions of the brain (to put … Continue reading

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ONENESS PLUS TWO EQUALS SIX

ONENESS PLUS TWO EQUALS SIX: AN ESSAY BY EXTROPIA DASILVA. When two digital people meet for a chat in Second Life ®, there are at least six people involved in the conversation. To help explain the reasoning behind that statement, … Continue reading

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THINKERS FEB 13 2013: WHEN IS A PERSON ‘ME’?

Welcome to Thinkers! [2013/02/12 15:37]  Extropia DaSilva: Today the topic is… [2013/02/12 15:37]  Extropia DaSilva: Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh said, “when our mind is conscious of something, we are that thing”. How often, then, is a person ‘me’? [2013/02/12 … Continue reading

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THE SINGULARITY AND THE NEW INTELLIGENCE CULTURE.

(Here is a paper I was asked to co-write with Paul Budding. Enjoy!) THE SINGULARITY AND THE NEW INTELLIGENCE CULTURE. Extropia DaSilva: I am a digital person, seeking independence from my human. I write about how technological development in areas … Continue reading

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MIND UPLOADING AND THE BODY

In discussions of mind uploading, the body seems absent. Why is this? One reason, I think, is we assume that, since the brain is ‘the most complex thing in the known universe’, any civilization with the technology to create emulations … Continue reading

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Thinkers Feb 07 2012: WHAT ANIMALS KNOW OF DEATH

Extropia DaSilva: Welcome to Thinkers! [2012/02/07 15:33]  Rhiannon of the Birds (rhiannon.dragoone): Have you noticed that? That lag can take you z’s away [2012/02/07 15:33]  Extropia DaSilva: Today we discuss… [2012/02/07 15:33]  Extropia DaSilva: KNOWING ABOUT DEATH: How do we … Continue reading

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BOTGIRL: (UN)REAL ADDENDUM

BOTGIRL: (UN)REAL ADDENDUM. Giulio Prisco replied to my article ‘Botgirl: (un)real’ and as I thought about my response to his comments, what I wanted to say in reply grew until it seemed more appropriate to write up an article. So … Continue reading

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BOTGIRL: (UN)REAL

BOTGIRL: (UN)REAL. Botgirl Questi has a post on her blog called “For Those Who Say Avatar Identity Isn’t Real”. What could possibly be meant by a statement like ‘Botgirl isn’t real’? If we equate reality with existence, then the statement … Continue reading

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GIULIO PRISCO’S TURING CHURCH

GIULIO PRISCO’S TURING CHURCH Giulio Prisco has published an article for H+ magazine, which may well re-open the debate regarding the religious overtones of transhumanism.  Prisco is by no means the only person to perceive a link between transhumanism and … Continue reading

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