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8. The Distinct Metaphysical Being

 

We might one day be able to transmit our emotions and experiences in the shape of brain waves to friends via a wireless transceiver.

Yes, . We might be    able    to    purge    certain memories   by   destroying   the specific   neural   cells   storing them synaptically or by erasing neuroelectric programmable memory chips. We

might even be able to copy all our life experiences, emotions, struggles, world perceptions, all that conjointly constitutes our memories, onto a terabyte-size data array. However, uploading our  memories does not immortalize us, for weare not just our emotions, struggles, perceptions, misconceptions, etc., but we are that distinct individual self undergoing all these myriad of  experiences.

 

we might one day be able to transmit our emotions and experiences   in   the   shape   of brain waves to friends via a wireless transceiver

 

The notion of consciousness as a byproduct of the brain also fails to address scientific anomalies of situations where0 brain-damaged individuals are seen to function perfectly, remember  perfectly, etc. The aberrational evidence suggests that a different model of life and consciousness is required. Instead of conceiving consciousness as a material element, we need to prudently  explore apprehending it as an anti-material element that is present when a body is considered "alive" and absent when it is considered "dead." As Thomas Huxley said, "There is a third thing to  wit, consciousness, which I cannot see to be matter or force [23]."The conscious entity is best deemed as an independent percipient of this world, which can be compared to a virtual reality  game [24]. Virtual reality is an explicit example of how an individual can sense, interact, control, and explore a virtual world, a world which can be easily exited or entered just by doffing or donning  virtual reality goggles (see Figure 7).

 

The notion of consciousness as a byproduct of the brain also fails to address scientific anomalies of situations where brain-damaged individuals are seen to function perfectly, remember  perfectly, etc.

 

 

 

 

Figure 7: A soldier is trained with virtual reality goggles.

 

The self is a metaphysical entity, embodied in the biological machine, employing the bioelectric matter in the brain for cognition.

 

In fact, the idea of the mind existing independent of the body and controlling the body like an engineer operating a computer was adjudged by renowned neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield, whose  panoptic brain research directed him to infer that "it is, in a sense, the mind with its mechanisms that programs the brain [25]." The brain is just a computer, but our mind is its software. So even  though the biological computer, the brain, can be extended with microelectronic neural prostheses to enhance cognitive or sensory functions, we, the self-aware possessors of the biological  machines, remain anti-material. The self is a metaphysical entity,embodied in the biological machine, employing the bioelectric matter in the brain for cognition. Connecting the brain's bioelectric  matter to electronic media does not imply that the electronic media is alive or conscious. Whether bioelectric or neuroelectric, the neural network or semiconductor cognition machines are only  instruments utilized by the self.