[ExI] quantum brains

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Tue Jan 5 22:10:00 UTC 2010

On 1/5/2010 3:25 PM, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:

> That would make mind uploading impossible. It might still be possible to
> replicate a mind, but it wouln't have all the advantages of software.

Yes, it's a disheartening thought. Unless minds are already being copied 
on a time-sharing entanglement basis through whatever medium psi 
operates in--which <gasp> opens the way to a sort of version of 
(QT-instantiated) souls, maybe, causing John Clark to give up on me 
finally as a hopeless lost cause.

Norman Spinrad wrote a short novel about uploading, DEUS X (1993), in 
which to my amazement he took the line that it's impossible and bad for 
your health and just creates zombie cartoon replicas. That's sf writers 
for ya--we'll consider *anything*...

Damien Broderick

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