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The background for this question is basically I am struggling with the problem of coping with grief of loss of loved ones, past or imminent. (See Death)

However, I have been aware of the concept of Mind uploading although I do not know how much of it are we close to realizing it. Then it dawned on me that what if we truly can survive death via transhumanism. Will it mean that humanity has conquered "mortality"?

1. If mind uploading is realized, will it prove the claim that the concept of Death is an illusion?

2. How much of the concept of brain emulation is fact? Is there a time frame when we will be able to use this in daily life?

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Mind uploading is absurdly hard. We're about as close to that as we are of flying to the Andromeda galaxy. There's a decent chance that we'll learn enough in the coming centuries to make it a less astoundingly daunting task, but for now it's utterly out of reach. For the foreseeable future we will have to continue to deal with grief of loss in traditional ways. (It's also unclear whether we'll be able to prolong our lives as biological entities indefinitely before we are able to upload ourselves--and we may not ever be able to do either at all; some things are just too hard.) –  Rex Kerr Dec 22 '12 at 20:02
    
There are no definite answers to the questions. –  Ricardo Aug 5 '13 at 14:24

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Ultimately, all transhumanistic defiance-of-death is a postponing of the inevitable. The second law of themodynamics puts a death date on the life of the energetic universe itself. There is little useful philosophy that can be done past this point. It is certainly possible (and entertaining) to consider a universe in which we discover ways to bypass entropy itself, but that is (at present) a waste of ontological effort.

At this point, we can begin to enter more prescriptive modes of philosophy and consider the individual's relationship with death--and there are very powerful paths down that route, beginning most obviously with mid-twentieth century European existentialism. That leaves the immediate scope of your question, however, so we won't tarry down those paths at present.

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As wiki definition, cognition is a group of mental processes that includes attention, memory, producing and understanding language, learning, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making.

Here we can group it to three...

  1. Information Gathering.
  2. Information Storing.
  3. Information Processing.

    All the three stages depend on physical and genetical capability of the person. Hormonal behaviour of the persons affects heavily Information Processing and to an extend on Information Gathering. As the three factors varies for each person, the three process also varies.

    Information is stored in the memory as a highly complex relational database along with the logic of relating the data. When we think the logic of compiling the relational data may be pre-compiled or be combination of partly compiled logics. While processing or storing of compiled data it may depend on your three factors, similar previous reactions (reasoning), present emotional mood(hormonal).

So in case of Mind uploading what are u going to upload...... Data, logic,...???

  1. Data without logic is junk........!!!
  2. Data and logic without matched surroundings is again junk (identity crisis).
  3. How can we selectively extract required data from the actual data.

With present technology on my belief only we can check the neurological impulses of a human reaction.

In conclusion in present science isn't it an unrealistic methodology.......???

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