Category Archives: Philosophies of self

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

WE ARE VR (PART ONE)

WE ARE VR (PART ONE) Flying cars. Hotels in space. Robotic sexual partners. Some technologies seem destined to remain vaporware: Great ideas in theory which never seem to become practical, widespread products. But next year could be the year in … Continue reading

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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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