The Soul. Where is it? Up your arse? In your head? In your heart? What is the soul? A piece of undigested cheese? An energy? A group of sentient germs? Barry Whites undies?? Can you describe consciousness as the soul? I don’t know for sure. Maybe Nick might know….maybe he wont.
Ok. So angelhands and I were having this discussion the other night about the soul (well kind of but let me embellish please). Now she said that she sees the soul as energy and I had a think about this and thought about how I saw the soul.
Now I thought “ooh now where is my soul?” and my brain had a think about this and I saw it as sitting in my head sort of like my consciousness. When I’m thinking about death and being in the afterlife I imagine myself not physically but sort of mentally, as like in a dream. Ok so traditionally speaking you could say I see all thought, spirit and soul as consciousness. You dig? Good, bear with me on this.
Now when I die and my brain stops functioning where does that spark of consciousness go? What is my consciousness? So to answer this I thought about AI.
Let’s say I create AI on my PC here. Now after its started World War III or tried to lock me out of the airlock it will sit there and exist, conscience of its existence and plotting its next move (creation of killer bee worms probably). But what part of the computer would be the consciousness? Where would it reside??
Lets look at the innards of a PC. A PC has a hard drive, a processor, a motherboard, RAM and other gubbins.
Its ears and mouth you could say is the sound card.
Its eye…the web cam say…
Its brain? well some would say the processor. Some would say the hard drive, some would say the memory. Nah….
The processor is where the intelligence is processed. The RAM where functions are stored until the processor has completed the maths before saving to the hard drive (long term memory). The Hard Drive? Well I’d say that’s where it stores everything. With me so far?
Well. Then you think “Well maybe the operating system is where the consciousness exists!” some may think “Nah Its in the CMOS” well the CMOS I’d say is the base functions (eg how to work the RAM, the processor, hard drive) reside. The operating system? Well that tells it how to operate the programs. The consciousness would have to be a separate program. A program telling the processor etc. that it was conscious or aware of its existence. So transfer that to the human brain and consciousness is your programming.
Each time we interact with someone we pass on part of our programming. How we think, what we think of this, what we think of that, our ideas, our acknowledgement that we exist. We pass it on via communication. Now this is where we get slightly religious. When old Jesus said he was going to live forever…perhaps what he meant was he would live immortally in the minds of men (and women) . As long as Jesus is remembered, he has existed. Likewise other people have realised this and used their knowledge to remain about forever.
Basically, as long as someone somewhere remembers you, you will live. Your existence will be acknowledged. You guys know I exist. You’ve not met me, but you know I exist because your brain processes the information and your “operating system” translates the thought processes to tell you that I exist.
I dont exist.
Now you have an error message. “MSHumanV.19xx syntax error 99.2 Cannot compute. Please refer to manual” or something.
I do exist really. You know I exist. You can find me, track me down , telephone me, poke me with a stick and I will respond. My existence makes me respond. My conscious tells me that you are in existence and that you wish to share data. Maybe….I don’t know.
So we pass on our acknowledgement of existence, we pass on our knowledge, we pass on our interactions and thoughts and process them all to make a reality for ourselves.
What’s to say you or I are but brains in a jar with electrodes and stuff attached to it in the future? Or like Neo in The Matrix, in a pod of pink gloop? Or all characters in Maxis Simlife 2203?
Our souls are but part of our “AI program”, what we pass on to others, the memory of us or our knowledge passed on. As long as we exist in memory we still live. The greater your sacrifice or teachings to others the longer your memory lives on. Through inspiration we continue our existence. Therefore your soul, the everlasting part of it, will continue until all proof of your existence fades or is lost.
I’m probably wrong. Just an idea….I think i’ve wandered off my point but hey! I’ll no doubt pick up on it again at some point…..