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  1. Not possible. The problem is that the brain is a dynamic system that is always in some process. This process is continuous from the moment of birth. It can stop (this is called “death”), but it cannot be restarted. In other words, the transition of the brain from a stopped state to a working one is impossible. And when copying / transferring consciousness, this will definitely be required. First, you will need to create an exact copy of the state (let's say this is possible). And then you will need to run this copy. And this is definitely impossible.

    We can draw the following analogy. Let's imagine a person in a jump. We can take a picture of it at this moment. Then, using special props, we can hang it in the air in exactly the same position. It would seem that his condition is an exact copy of when he was in the jump. However, this is not the case. Its condition lacks a dynamic component – the jump itself. At the time when it was photographed, it was in motion, but now it is not. If we remove the props, then he will stupidly fall down, and not continue to jump, as in the first time.

    A more complex analogy. Let's imagine a juggler who juggles balls. He starts with three. Then gradually adds new balls. This is roughly how the brain learns. New elements are constantly being added. But the system is always in motion. A juggler cannot pause his juggling, drink a cup of tea, and then continue. If he stops, he will have to start all over again. And even theoretically, it is impossible to imagine any technology that would allow copying or transferring to another place the entire moving system from a huge number of balls at once. All these balls are in flight at any given time. And there is no way to transfer this state of flight to another ball. Even if it is an exact molecular copy of the original.

  2. Why transfer consciousness and kill the original source, if you can just try to synchronize it? So that our consciousness can control two bodies at the same time, so that in the event of the death of the main body, the consciousness continues to function? It will seem silly and crazy, but why not? Who can prove that this is impossible, who knows about the resources and possibilities of our consciousness? Humanity has not yet solved the mystery of the existence of consciousness itself (where it is stored, at the atomic level, or is it something else altogether, having a wave shape, its own frequency, some kind of energy) and is already arguing about the impossibility of transferring consciousness.

  3. Suppose you are playing an online computer game in which scientists will achieve complete immersion. (first, the game hero, are you or are you not?). Getting deeper! �Sometimes you disconnect from the game and return to the real world. After solving your problems in the real world, you return to the virtual world and play again. �Changes that have occurred in the virtual world, happened to you or not to you? Getting deeper! Since the game is online, let's say programmers, in order to eliminate the effect of absence, will develop a mechanism for creating a virtual copy, developing an algorithm for reproducing your behavioral reflexes in your virtual copy, taking into account constant refinement depending on behavior changes that occur during periods when you are in the real world. Each time you re-enter the game, information about events that occurred during your absence is stored in your memory. Similarly, the behavioral algorithm of your character changes in the opposite direction, taking into account the new acquired reflexes. Now the question? Are you and the character the same or not? �Getting deeper! You have passed away. After a while, scientists managed to clone your body, making it perfect. The algorithm of your virtual copy with all the memories from real life was uploaded to the mind of a new person. �Now the question again? You or not you? And when we wake up in the morning, were we dreaming or not? I think that the mechanism of consciousness transfer is possible. �If we step back and paraphrase the above written philosophy in one word. This is a symbiosis!

  4. The transfer of the brain's consciousness to the bio-processor is possible, while: the biorhythm activates the brain's memory, forming knowledge (an ensemble of impulses) and the memory of the bio-processor; knowledge forms consciousness (a process).

  5. This is a double question about teleportation, read more here:


    Here they “condemned” the analogy with computers and software, but it is not so bad.

    Two identical programs on two identical computers are still two different programs.

    Transferring programs from computer to computer (even transferring not only the program, but almost the execution process – save a memory dump and transfer it to another computer) means in fact the possibility of not just copying programs, but reproducing them. Multiple instances. These are different instances that do not differ from each other in anything other than the place where they are located. Our” I ” also includes the fact that we feel that we are in one particular place at the same time, and not in many at once.

    Transfer of consciousness from where to where? Flowing it like water from one glass to another? But who said that our consciousness is separate from the brain to flow like this?

    Or not overflow, but copy? But such copying would mean the possibility of reproduction. But consciousness is “I”, not “we”.

    In general, I think it is important that no one has even shown the possibility to turn on the disabled consciousness. Sleep, loss of consciousness – this is all not turning off consciousness, while the brain continues to live. But brain death is irreversible. If a part of the brain dies, then it is not restored, and, at best, its functions are performed by the part of the brain that did not die.

  6. If we approach it purely from the natural science side, then our consciousness is genetics-intrauterine development – and then all our life experience. Moreover, our consciousness is different now and a couple of minutes ago – you read this text and some new neurotransmitters were formed in your brain and some neural connections were built.

    Since we are now surrounded by computers and the Internet, it is tempting to draw analogies between how a computer and a person work, to imagine that data and programs can be loaded into the brain, run or erase them. But no, unlike computers, we are all different, we are not made so that information from our brain can be read and copied, some pieces and fragments can be repeated, but if you want to transfer the whole thing, then the person must be completely identical to you genetically (this is relatively easy), but also live exactly the same life down to the smallest details. That is, the maximum that can be imagined is clones that live in artificially identical conditions, receiving identical specially selected information that shapes their consciousness-but this cannot be called the word transfer.

  7. Is it possible to transfer consciousness? This question has been asked by many, and it is very complex. What if we try to simplify it a little? To begin with, let's introduce the concept of copying consciousness and assume that this is possible.

    Let's say we can perfectly copy the structure and state of a person's brain, and then simulate/create a copy. Let's ignore the various metaphysical aspects, and assume that if we do everything right, the copy will consider itself the original.

    But is it possible to carry out the transfer exactly? What is a transfer and how does it differ from a copy? When copying, two copies of my consciousness begin to exist – I myself, with my brain in my body, and the copy. (Of course, from the same second, we will change, gradually diverging from each other, because our self is constantly undergoing development and changes) Then it turns out that the transfer is the process of placing consciousness on another carrier, in which two instances of consciousness will not exist, even for an infinitesimal period of time.

    To clarify this, I will offer a thought experiment.

    Let's say you took a full “snapshot” of your condition. Both you and the clone are self-aware and consider yourselves originals. Then the terrorists capture you and threaten to kill you. They put a gun to your head, and you realize that these are your last moments. You also know that if something happens to you, they will create a copy of you that will be indistinguishable from you and consider itself you (if no one tells the truth, although even then it will be difficult to accept it). But will it really matter, knowing that you are about to die, that your consciousness will disappear forever? I doubt.

    Therefore, I think copying is not an option. Unless you are a scientist, politician, writer, etc., for whom finishing a job is more valuable than life.

    Now we will reduce the time interval between creating a snapshot and killing it, and direct it to infinity. I think the essence will not change.

    Based on this experiment, it can be argued that even if they make a “snapshot”, and after an infinitesimal period of time they make a copy of you, and your body “breaks up into atoms” – this is absolutely not a transfer. (So, by the way, I have a negative attitude to this explanation of teleportation in science fiction).

    So what is transference? Is it possible? How to explain that according to the above thought experiment, it is impossible without involving any metaphysical essences that are our consciousness (sorry, but I am a materialist to the core)?

    I explain this paradox to myself by saying that consciousness is a process, and not just “hard” + “soft” + “data”. And the process, action, cannot be transferred. It seems to have done without metaphysics, but, on the other hand, it looks like verbiage and juggling terms.

    And finally, two more thought experiments.

    1. You were scanned with an accuracy of elementary components (so, I don't go into quantum physics, I don't say what these components are, and the observer's paradox appears here; for example, on large macromolecules), recreated in another place, and you were destroyed. Is it you or not you?

    2. They cut off your arm, moved it, moved you, sewed you on. We reduce the parts, reduce them – you were disassembled into elementary components, transferred them, and assembled. You or not you?

    3. The famous Tessey ship paradox (gradual replacement of parts). You or not you?

  8. The transfer of consciousness is possible. This is technically very difficult, but not insurmountable.

    The simplest option is to make a digital copy of a person along with their consciousness. This consciousness will exist within the computer simulation, but as long as the simulation continues, consciousness will exist.

    Theoretically, you can then “print” a digital copy, creating a real person. Current bioprinters can only print protozoa so far, but this is still the case

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