I posed these questions elsewhere, as a newbie perhaps in the wrong thread, so here goes again.
Assuming it were possible and given that it probably will be at some point, if I were to up-load the entire contents of a brain into a super computer so that it remained self aware, would that constitute life after bodily death?
If the answer is yes, ‘life’ after death could be turned off and on at the flick of a switch!
And then, if the brain and the computer are turned off, is the brain/being ‘dead’ even though it can be reactivated by a switch?
I suppose the questions depend on the definition of life but, for the purposes of the exercise, what if we narrow it down a bit to a human self reflecting consciousness.
This scenario poses a number of problems for Christianity in that the up-loaded ‘life’ would not have a soul, and yet you could communicate with the dearly departed as if death had not occurred.
I am sure this has been discussed before, and if someone can point me in the direction of the thread/essay/book, I’ll go away and study it.