The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life . Serialised in quotes VIII:  Defeating death: might your consciousness/you be preserved on a flash drive?

The French physician and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Alexis Carrel…[wrote] “La sénescence et la mort sont un phénomène contingent et non nécessaire” (Old age and death are not a necessary, but merely a contingent, phenomenon).

Dr. William Bainbridge goes a step further to question the wisdom of returning a person’s knowledge and identity to a physical body. Why not dispense with the body entirely and move the information into a more durable robot or just keep it in an external storage device? Is a digitized remnant of a former human stored on a flash drive or computer cloud a person? What will “life” be like when, instead of posting images of your escapades on your Facebook page, “you” are a Facebook page?

We humans have been in dedicated pursuit of literal immortality since the birth of our species. Even if unsuccessful, such efforts have contributed mightily to human progress, technological development, and scientific discovery.


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