Category Archives: Philosophies of self

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

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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THINKERS JUNE 28 2011: A HUMAN IN THERE

 Extropia DaSilva: OK well now we start all over again because it is time to get the discussion going! Welcome to Thinkers! [2011/06/28 15:32]  Extropia DaSilva: THERE’S A HUMAN IN THERE: “I always liked the idea that…you knew that was … Continue reading

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