lucidé wrote:Summerlander wrote:In a brain in a vat scenario, lucide, people wouldn't necessarily dehydrate. I'm talking about a future where their brains and/or bodies are preserved by machines whilst they 'dream' a new life. I am pretty sure many religious people would object to this.
I don't think it would be a problem but from what I heard, there's a theory that the awareness in the brain is near "impossible" to preserve much like how the reproductive organs are impossible to preserve. In trying to preserve this, a person will just go brain dead, sort of like how they would during a "coma". Then there would be no point in preserving the brain if that happens.
If science is right, then the brains will easily be preserved in the future, however, that above theory might also be a problem in trying to preserve them
The problem is the ageing process. Perhaps scientists will be able to do something about telomeres at the cellular level whilst feeding the brain to preserve it indefinitely. Dead neurons would be replaced with new ones---which already happens throughout one's lifespan---and awareness remains as long as the brain is functional.
amyramoon wrote:Lutopia!!! This idea is something similar to an idea I had years ago, but not quite the same. Immersive simulations would be fantastic for the future. Sorry to butt in like this with my post, since I haven't fully been catching the drift of the current conversation.
I couldn't help making the connection:
National Geographic is producing a show regarding the far future. It would be interesting to see what they of genetic modification has been done.
Also, I'm fairly impressed that some people can attribute altruism to genetics. I would think most would identify that as a socialization thing driven by nurture. In that respect, I agree with the natural aspect of altruism. At the height of emotion, people are naturally compassionate and caring, mostly due to a mirroring of how others feel mentally and physically. Regardless of what they've been taught, kindness moves people to the point of tears depending on the extent of it. There is always the possibility that a person decides to give up on these feelings or use them to feed a twisted desire for causing harm to others, or gain amusement from watching others suffer, but normally, with proper influences and lifelong feelings of acceptance and validation, most people don't end up this way. In the future, I'd imagine there would be a strong criminal justice system, unless we end up in a society mirrored on the A Song of Ice and Fire universe where murder is the norm. Nobody knows what will happen. It's a flip of a coin. Corruption can fade away or reproduce.
I think people are naturally altruistic, too---generally speaking, of course. This can be explained by evolution, too. Those civilisations which lacked altruism tended to perish prematurely. If you've never read The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, read it! That book is more about how our bodies are the altruistic 'vehicles' for 'selfish' (working to replicate and propagate) genes than anything else.