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Siliconisation

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Such as, Unger’s “zippering” – the gradual replacement of neural tissue by silicon. This is a subtle argument. Gradually, we no longer have a human animal1. I think the situation is best viewed as an increasingly mutilated human animal with an ever-growing prosthesis. I doubt that the silicon would maintain phenomenal consciousness2, but just be a “zombie” simulacrum. Any replacement that would maintain phenomenal consciousness would be indistinguishable from natural part-replacement. But I think this is a contingent, empirical matter, a long way off from an answer.

This is mostly a place-holder3. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list (if any).



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26/11/2007 23:25:26 844 Siliconisation
12/08/2007 10:17:46 598 Siliconisation



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18/12/2010 19:58:05 Siliconisation Thought Experiments

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Animals Awaiting Attention (Personal Identity) Consciousness    

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Androids Bodily Continuity Causality Cyborgs Homo Sapiens
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