Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering

Rick Abrams ricka at praline.no.NeoSoft.com
Wed Feb 22 17:34:06 EST 1995


In article <Pine.SOL.3.91.950217144858.608A-100000 at corona>,
Patrick O'Neil  <patrick at corona> wrote:
>
>
>On Fri, 17 Feb 1995, Eugen Leitl wrote:
>
>> There can't be any crash since the hardware is very special and has only
>> a "Virtual Machine"/Soft Circuit layer: no software, it's all 
>> architecture, running a special data structure (me).
>
>No, it would NOT be you.  It would be a machine programed to simulate 
>you.  You would be dead and a poor "copy" of you would be used to animate 
>a machine.  You are nontransferable.  You cannot be conscious in your 
>body one moment, imprint a copy of your personality, etc, on an inanimate 
>matrix, and then, viola, be conscious as YOURSELF in a machine.  You ARE 
>inseperable from your biochemistry and evolution.  You are NOT a movable 
>entity or program that only coincidently presently occupies your 
>biological body...you ARE your body.
>

Okay, if your posts are an honest statement of what you believe,
then act, for yourself only, on those beliefs. But don't forbid 
me to act in a way I feel proper. 

If you think you know the future will be limited just as you 
indicate, fine, don't do anything to extend your life. I 
appreciate all voluntary reductions of population growth.
-- 
rha




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