View Single Post
Old September 9 2013, 02:31 AM   #119
Gryffindorian
Vice Admiral
 
Gryffindorian's Avatar
 
Location: Middle-earth
Re: What Happens After Death

thestrangequark wrote: View Post
Gryffindorian wrote: View Post
If the definition of dying is being brain dead, then yes, all thoughts cease to exist.

So what makes us human? Is it our brain that makes us who we are? If all our memories, skills, and experiences were wiped out, would we stop being ourselves?

Space. Time. Life itself. The secrets of the cosmos lie ... through the wormhole.
Definitely. The evidence for this is overwhelming. The brain physically changes as a result of new experiences, thoughts, and learning in ways that we can observe and measure. But the even more overwhelming evidence is that damage to the brain can vastly change a person's memories, behaviors, and personality. While the exact nature of consciousness is not yet understood, all the evidence leads to one conclusion: The mind and the soul are the brain.

And isn't that a wonderful, beautiful thing? A few pounds of mushy, grey and white and pink that is the most complex organ we know of, with more neurons than there are stars in the galaxy; that is able, through chemistry and electricity, to observe, learn, communicate, create, and love. Brains are cool.
Aye, it's a fascinating organ, the brain. I saw a recent episode of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, asking if the brain could be hacked, the way a computer can be hacked. The simple answer by scientists was yes. So in the future it's possible for our innermost thoughts to be explored (and perhaps manipulated?). I'll have to watch it again sometime.
__________________
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
--Bilbo Baggins, LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
Gryffindorian is offline   Reply With Quote