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In re: pickled brain
I think it is the process of continuous synaptic connections throughout life that creates the "stream" of conscious being. Once the circuit is broken it is probably just food that is left!!
Although they do it on Star Trek, so I could be wrong............jim
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> Pattern becomes progressively more important as you climb the
> ladder of complexity. With humans, it is all-important.
> Disassemble the human brain and you possess the same material,
> but the person is irretrieveably lost.
I would be interested to know if a brain were frozen solid, each atom was seperated, put in a jar, then placed back together again, how that would feel. Who knows, there may be some methods of disassembly that do not lose the 'person.' Such a claim is an assumption.
> Bare carbon chains bereft of pattern decides not how they spin;
> within certain limits, we do.
Who knows? Maybe there is some neural-logic gates at the subatomic levels that allows a self-referencing recursive self-awareness proccess to occur where the atoms choose to spin. I don't. To say that consciouness exists only at our macro/micro size in the universe is equivalent to saying that Jesus is a savior, IMHO. I haven't seen it, but patterns tend to repeat in fractal nature.