Explaining Subjective Consciousness

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Explaining Subjective Consciousness I often ask myself, why me. There are billions of brains on this planet alone, and no one knows how many sentient beings exist in the galaxy, or in the entire universe. I share 99.8% of my DNA with chimps (if I remember well), and even more with any human on the planet. Granted, there is no brain that works _exactly_ like mine. But the differences seem trivial. Why must I be witness to the data processing that occurs inside this particular brain? The problem has been obscured for a long time, because no two people are exactly alike. Even identical twins end up with slightly different DNAs and different environmental influences make them into very different people. "Everyone is different, so that is why I'm me and nobody else" - a weak thinker would tell you. When asked about the nature of these differences, they would go on to describe the various tastes and behaviors that people show. But what is making them believe these things that they are saying, is actually the shape of people's faces. They _look_ different, so they _must_ be different. Furthermore, I am used to seeing _this_ face in the mirror, therefore I do not doubt that I _am_ this person associated with this face, and I do not need to know the nature of this 'association'. Consider nanotechnology. Using nanotechnology, it will be possible to arrange atoms in any desired fashion, precisely. Atomic copies will become possible. The difference between an object, and its atomic copy, will be, exactly, none. Provided that the replication process is precise and that no atoms are moved around, it will not be possible, not even in principle, to tell the difference between the two objects. It will be a foolish claim to say that the two have 'differences'. They will have no differences. Seems trivial, but wait. What if you made a copy of a person using the same method. Suppose it is your best friend. After the copy is made, you'd be left with two best friends (good deal). As I explained, there will be no difference between the two; being people, they'll both 'feel' alive and remember to have agreed to the experiment. Either one will resent being told that 'he is the copy'. With time, the two would slowly become different people, for they would have different experiences. But if you duplicated your friend and before any time passed we... ... middle of paper ... ...rson's life after an accident, for continuity in experience is not possible - Teleportation is possible, if the original never notices that he is being dematerialized and the experiential curve is kept smooth - Cryonics is possible - time "holes" in experience cannot interrupt the life-curve which is based on an internal experiential clock (as my last general anaesthesia confirmed). - Experiencing other people's subjective consciousness can also be possible, provided a machine is invented that can transform you smoothly into that person, and back to what you were maintaining your memories intact and your life-curve smooth. This could work for any entity from animals to ETs although in some cases a machine could be impossible to create. The last thing that I want to say is that what I have discussed above is only one example of what one regular person can think up to explain subjective consciousness. I do not know how much of this could really be true, but it stands up well among other similarly crazy theories on consciousness. You should really not exist. Why you feel like do is a mystery, and even more, is the eternal question: why this process, why me.

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