What constitutes 'you'?

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    Are 'you' your flesh, your physical form? If so, would 'you' still exist if all your fleshy parts were incrementally replaced until you were wholly something artificial? Would you still be a person?

    Are 'you' your sentient mind, your own self-consciousness? If you brain, or whatever system we were left with from the above experiment were to be split in two in such a matter than each half functioned independently and was self-aware, would 'you' still exist, or would 'you' cease to exist as we were left with two new 'persons'?


    What makes one a person? What makes a person an individual?
     
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    God is always making everything new. Our bodies are electric machines controlled by the spirit of who we really are. Our bodies, like everything else in the universe, breakdown to where they started and build up again.

    The goal of all mankind is to achieve balance and become one with God. This process can take millions of lifetimes. It is God’s will for all of mankind to achieve this oneness. Once achieved, the process starts again with a separation… “Let us create man in our image and in our likeness…”

    Death is a process that makes things new. Life and death work hand-in-hand making things new. When one breathes in – this is life. When one exhales out – this is death. One cannot live again without first experiencing death. Death is a process, not an end caused by sin or the devil.

    We people (or spirits constantly manifested in the flesh) have always been going through this process. It never ends or begins – it just is.

    the above is quote from American Christian Society - Home

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    maybe if he'd done it right the first time.. :doubt:
    You've any evidence of this 'spirit'?
     
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    According to my wife, I am who I am. That pretty well settles it for me. Actually, I'd like to be cloned. This way, one of me could take care of her honey do list and the other could watch tv and fuck off all the time.
     
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    it’s up to us to “make it right” – the best we can – God will not “work magic” so we can all be spoiled. Also – there must be constant change always. The same gets old like a favorite song. We are all created from piece of God and return back – this is how everything in the universe works – looking for balance

    kind a
    everything in the universe is a form of light/radiation
    radiation is waves in motion so our electric impales brains our really nothing more than waves of motion reacting to the personality of our inner being or ‘spirit’. I know this is not hard proff…but something to think about…

    Sorry for my sloppy wording!

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    i see our consciousness being a construct of our mind, in turn a construct of our brain. our other faculties add dimension to that, like our body and our senses. together with a community of similarly constructed individuals and the natural world altogether, we are driven to perceive uniqueness - a component of an evolved self-awareness which facilitates self-preservation within this community, although it coexists with community-preservation serving the same goal.
     
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    Your sole makes you, you. Your physical body is nothing but it's vessel.
     
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    Somehow, Murphy always existed beneath the Robocop mechanical frame. I think the same would be true of us.
     
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    What I am.

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    What will happen when I die.

    As for if I became artificial, like an AI of some sort then undoubtedly I would lose something, not a soul, but part of what it is to be human depending on how good the substitute for a human brain would be, and how well the transfer of the brain information from point of death or prior to death went. I would prefer to die however.
     
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