Author Topic: Brains in Vats  (Read 1081 times)

hannibal

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Brains in Vats
« on: January 04, 2011, 05:25:05 AM »
I find this disturbing futuristic scenario to be troubling, to say the least.

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http://marshallbrain.com/discard1.htm


The reason why you will discard your body so willingly is simple. In the process of losing your body, you will achieve a level of freedom and longevity that is unimaginable to us today.

In this book, you will come to understand why you will be so happy to discard your body. We will look at the many problems that your body creates for you today, along with the many limitations that it imposes on you. We will then discuss the technology that will make your body obsolete, and the powerful social forces that will encourage you to abandon it.


http://marshallbrain.com/discard4.htm


Sometime today you are going to sit on the toilet and do your business. That is just one of the many other reasons why you might gladly discard your body if you had the chance. There are quite a few problems created by your body's biology, and it would be nice to be rid of them.

I mean, let's face it -- peeing and pooping are a major drag. The whole idea of wiping your butt is nasty. These basic biological functions are gross, and you have to take care of them every day. If you had a way to eliminate these activities from your daily routine, chances are that you would gladly do so.

Body odor falls into the same category. So does snot. So does shaving. So do scabs.

Obesity is another problem that goes with the human body. People like to eat because eating is a pleasurable experience. But when you eat, you get fat. What if you could eliminate your body but retain the experience of eating? You would eat without obesity, and chances are that you would be a happier person.



http://marshallbrain.com/discard9.htm



The fascinating thing about your in-game body is that it will be much better than your natural body.

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In other words, your in-game body will be a perfect super-human body. It will be beautiful, fit, lean and taut. It will perform perfectly, at a level far better than your own biological body.


http://marshallbrain.com/discard12.htm

 :-o :-o :-o


Imagine your perfect virtual body interacting with the perfect virtual bodies of other men and women. Imagine simulated people who are designed to fulfill your every fantasy and your every sexual whim. That's where Vertebrane porn will take you.


http://marshallbrain.com/discard14.htm


Given a choice between being in your virtual body and your real body, you will choose your virtual body every time. Therefore, your biological body will become irrelevant.

At the same time, technology will be advancing. A variety of research efforts will be creating the ability to house your brain just your brain in a small container that will keep it in perfect environmental conditions. A number of companies will be advertising Brain Storage Facilities, where your brain and thousands of others are stored in hardened steel and concrete buildings that are impervious to bombs, earthquakes, hurricanes and so on.





So many futuristic scenarios out there... which one is correct?


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Re: Brains in Vats
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011, 07:12:07 AM »
Actually, if you've read some of the later novels in the "Dune" universe, i. e. "The Butlerian Jihad", some of what your post talks about actually is done. In another novel whose title escapes me at the moment, this was taken in a different direction, with humans actually using their own genome to change the shape and appearance of their bodies into strange and fantastically different ones.

You might also be interested in this site, where they talk about the Hedonistic Imperative:

http://www.hedweb.com/

Enjoy.

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Re: Brains in Vats
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2011, 01:28:01 PM »
The software is the hardware.   :lol:
You are doing something very sacred here, something very daring, during your life upon the earth. You are defining yourself, and then recreating yourself anew, in each golden moment of Now.