Eric Hawthorne wrote: > I don't remember claiming (maybe someone else claimed) you could copy a > mind.
It's a dream for many transhumanists :-) and I reckon it will be possible to the extent that external observers can no longer tell the difference, even if the copied mind itself new it wasn't the original. A more interesting question is: Can you reconstruct one? Assuming you had enough prior knowledge of (relevant) starting conditions, would the simulation give rise to the same mind in each instance? Or, assuming you had collected all possible information at point A, and based on information of A + n, could work backwards and determine A - n. In such a case, could you reconstruct the mind itself if you had the ability to simulate the matter, matter location, and biological instances of matter combinations. Bretton  Over a period of time replace each nueron with a non-biological equivelent until such time as all nuerons are no longer biological. Snap in RJ45 and #cp brain /dev/hda -- Cellular: +27.82.494.6902 Yahoo: bretton_cubed ICQ: 175753755 GPG key : http://bretton.hivemind.net/bretton_public.key trends::nu-media::techno-philosophy::ai "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." - Philip K. Dick, "How to Build a Universe"