How would we know if we were living in a simulation? What if you were a butterfly having a dream it was a human? What does any of this have to do with John Lennon, or Renee Descartes, or freezing yourself in a vat of liquid nitrogen? How will we eventually solve the problem that human bodies can’t do space travel? Join Eagleman for a wild ride into the strange possibility of making brains immortal.

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More Information:
Eagleman DM (2009). Silicon Immortality: Downloading Consciousness into Computers. In This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape the Future, J. Brockman, Ed. Harper Perennial. [Reprinted at]

Jonas E, Kording KP (2017) Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor?. PLOS Computational Biology 13(1): e1005268.


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