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Dean Buchanan's Avatar Jump to comment 16 by Dean Buchanan

In support of Steve's hypothesis

model a brain through a combination of software and hardware

J. Craig Venter and his team inserts synthetic, tagged DNA into a living child. Over time the entire brain and body is made of synthetic cells and we can prove it. I would imagine that the child will have essentially the same totality of experience as he/she would have otherwise.

We could add to that, the introduction of non-biological neural hardware that interacts with the software of DNA. This process could have countless iterations and, to my mind, wouldn't change the fundamental philosophical point. That there is really no need to explain any of this with a dualistic model. Am I getting it?

Fri, 28 May 2010 14:47:49 UTC | #474435