Uploading the Mind
Read any futurism blog, listen to any trans-humanist podcast, watch some science fiction movies – hell it was even mentioned as an off handed joke on an episode of Friends – and you’re bound to come across the notion of uploading or transferring a person’s mind into the digital realm. I find this idea, along with cloning and transferring the mind to another body or android, to be very fruitful topics for speculating about consciousness and identity, both of which transcend body and mind (hence the category of Spirit)
I tend to refer to consciousness and identity as ‘the self’. Obviously, these are very deep topics that much has been written about by folks far smarter than I. But reflecting on the nature of the self, even in as superficially a manner as a simple blog post or 10, is an important, indeed it should a required, endeavor for any human.