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Your Digital Afterlives: Computational Theories of Life After Death (Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion)

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Our digital technologies have inspired new ways of thinking about old religious topics. Digitalists include computer scientists, transhumanists, singularitarians, and futurists. Writers such as Moravec, Bostrom, Kurzweil, and Chalmers are digitalists. Although they are usually scientists, rationalists, and atheists, digitalists they have worked out novel and entirely naturalistic ways of thinking about bodies, minds, souls, universes, gods, and life after death. Your Digital Afterlives starts with three digitalist theories of life after death. It examines personality capture, body uploading, and promotion to higher levels of simulation. It then examines the idea that reality itself is ultimately a system of self-surpassing computations. On that view, you will have infinitely many digital lives across infinitely many digital worlds. Your Digital Afterlives looks at superhuman bodies and infinite bodies. Thinking of nature in purely computational terms has the potential to radically and positively change our understanding of life after death.

About the Author

Eric Charles Steinhart is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at William Paterson University, USA. He holds degrees in computer science and philosophy. He has worked as a software designer, and many of his algorithms have been patented. He has written extensively on Nietzsche, metaphor, computing, technology, and religion.

Table of Contents

Preface

Series Editors' Preface

1. Ghosts

2. Persistence

3. Anatomy

4. Uploading

5. Promotion

6. Digital Gods

7. Revision

8. Superhuman Bodies

9. Infinite Bodies

10. Nature

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781137363855
Author:
Steinhart, Eric Charles
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
Computer Science
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Personal Computers-General
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
42 figures
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.43 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » General
Computers and Internet » Personal Computers » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Reference » Science Reference » Philosophy of Science

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