Originally posted by Kadyastar
Some people say that the soul is the part of you that lives on after your body has passed away.
It isn't as though we can just download soul.exe onto a computer--there's something more to a soul than just a collection of ideas and emotions. In fact, some argue that the soul is more than even our sense of self-awareness.
Does thinking+feeling+free will+a sense of self=a soul?
I don't really see why we should need
to upload a soul.exe, though--it's not as though when we make new human beings, it is necessary for some soul-producing organ in the mother's body to insert a soul in to the developing embryo, nor do our cells contain genetic code instructing the cells in soul production. Regardless of what we consider a soul to consist of, regardless of whether we assume it to be something that continues to exist after the death of the body, regardless of whether we assume it to be something that has previously inhabited other bodies in the past and will continue to inhabit still others in the future, it would seem to be something you can have without the being who gave birth to you specifically putting it inside of you. Why should it be any different for machines?