Originally posted by kd2acz
Two questions for GF,
1) Are you so sure there is no afterlife and that souls are non-existent? What do you offer as proof, if there is such a thing? Does the possibility exist or is it probable given today's technology, that the spiritual realm, afterlife, etc. has gone undetected and we have yet to achieve that ability? Do you suppose that [b]you ...[text shortened]... ed, then what? Maybe like you said, one would terminate their life.
What are your thoughts?[/b]
I think your numbering system needs some looking at... points 1 and 2 are not what you might term singular questions... Anyhow...
1) Are you so sure there is no afterlife and that souls are non-existent?
What do you offer as proof, if there is such a thing?
Does the possibility exist or is it probable given today's technology, that the spiritual realm, afterlife, etc. has gone undetected and we have yet to achieve that ability?
Do you suppose that you could be wrong?
Mostly dealt with in this thread http://www.redhotpawn.com/board/showthread.php?threadid=150325&page=5
My confidence that there is no afterlife and souls don't exist is 1-Epsilon. Where Epsilon is a really really really really small number.
See my other thread linked above for some evidence and rational for the above confidence.
Yes the possibility exists that the "spiritual realm" has gone undetected. In much the same way that it's possible that Australia is
upside-down in the middle of the Atlantic and that the world is in fact a flat disk supported on the back of four elephants who are in turn
standing on a giant star turtle...
However there is a difference between possibility
It's possible that those things are true, it's not anything even remotely resembling probable.
If you are comfortable accepting that Australia is in fact in the southern hemisphere at the meeting of the Arctic, Indian, and Pacific oceans.
And that the world is in fact an irregular oblate spheroid... Then you should have no trouble in accepting that the "spiritual realm" doesn't
It is, of course, always possible that I could be wrong... However it is not in this case likely (probable).
2) I think it was you talking about the capacity of the brain in another thread,
how long do you suppose it would take for the brain to reach maximum capacity (capacity would be knowledge, experiences, etc. maybe more?)
Once reached, then what? Maybe like you said, one would terminate their life.
I really don't know how much information any given brain could potentially hold, or how fast that brain accrues data.
And I also don't know what would happen if/when a human brain became 'full', or even if that is actually possible.
The brain also loses information, so there may be some stable maximum 'fullness' where the rate of information loss
balances out the information gain... Sort of like "in one ear and out the other"... but on longer time-scales.
What happens next will depend on the person, and the available technology.
If possible I intend to upgrade to a better neural substrate long before I run out of memory capacity.