The Future of the Mind

I just finished reading “The Future of The Mind” by Michio Kaku. While I don’t even pretend to comprehend some of the theoretical physics cited in this work, I do appreciate the prospect of the mind being mapped and recorded, allowing for the repair and rebuilding of brain function. The heartbreak of stroke damage, the manic action of psychotic behavior or the progressive deterioration of Alzheimer patients all could benefit from the nanotechnologies discussed.

Beyond the clinical discussion, the ethical debate of allowing a mind to be replicated and transferred to another container or even be joined to a mass collective consciousness goes beyond the realm of a Star Trek episode. Future generations may eventually have to decide if consciousness equals life or if the mind is just another type of organ, much like the heart (where people believed the soul resided for many generations).

If indeed we are on the verge of the rebuilt consciousness of long depart individuals, allowing for their memories to participate in discussions and provide input on current situations then truly the boundaries of life is being expanded.

As I consider these progressions, I find myself even more convinced of an all-powerful being. The idea that memories (souls) are never really departed fits neatly within these new fields of research.

I feel a great deal of satisfaction knowing that memories are more than random sparks of energy, occurring only in one plane or one circumstance. I choose to believe that a mind (soul) is part of something much bigger.

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