Hi Craig Weinberg  and Stathisp,

You identity is only partly in  your brain, it
is in your dna, your body and your history.
The sum totality of your identity is called your soul,
which suggests a serious shortcoming of materialis.
So far materialists deny that there is such a thing as a soul.
And even if so, nobody has proposed how a soul
transplant could be done.




Roger Clough, rclo...@verizon.net 
9/28/2012  
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen 


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Time: 2012-09-27, 23:30:24 
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On Thursday, September 27, 2012 11:16:12 PM UTC-4, stathisp wrote: 
On Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 12:40 PM, Craig Weinberg  wrote:  

>> Replacing body parts that break down with artificial ones is  
>> well-established in the medical industry, and will become increasingly  
>> so in future as the devices become more sophisticated.  
>  
>  
> Are you saying that you expect replacing someone's brain would be no more  
> problematic than replacing any other body part?  

It will be more difficult to make an adequate replacement the more  
complicated the part is, but the principle is the same: put the device  
in, ask the patient how he feels, observe the patient to see how he  
behaves including tests and investigations. If he says he feels  
normal, he behaves normally and test results are normal you have  
succeeded.  


The principle is not the same. You cannot get a head transplant and assume that 
the 'you'-ness is going to magically follow the scalpel into your head from 
your body. You cannot get a prosthetic head, because without a head, there is 
no 'you' there anymore. 

Craig 
  



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