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Old 03-01-2011, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Tsyal Makto View Post
Look at it this way, YOU are a computer, made up of software and hardware.

Hardware: Flesh, blood, brains, bone, organs, etc. The physicality of a human. That which interacts with the world.

Software: Conciouseness, sentience, awareness, a sense of "I am", memories, intellect, etc. The intangible, central stuff that makes the physical stuff go. The stuff that defines you. YOU are the software of yourbody.

And just like computer software being capable of transferring between hardware units, so too can human software.

Eywa transferred OS Jake from a shriveled, weak hardware unit, to a tall, strong hardware unit. Everything that made OS Jake, OS Jake is still there, it's just running on a new machine now.
I've used a very similar analogy before - memories are like interpreted code - it can run on any hardware if there is the capacity to interpret it correctly to produce the output. As such, the complete set of memories contain the 'OS' (ability to understand the memories) as well as the 'code' and will run on any compatible architecture (a nervous system that works in the way way).

Originally Posted by Ashen Key View Post
I'll leave off the disability!fail in your statement by calling Jake's human body 'weak' just because he can't use his legs, but might I suggest you be careful in your use of language there?
Humans in general are weak compared to the Na'vi!

And actually, I disagree with you - we ARE our hardware. We are our brains. Damage your brain, you can damage your personality. Change your brain, you change your personality. For example, I have ADHD. This means, among other things, my brain is very different from that of a neurotypical person. But I am my brain - the different chemical balance of my brain affects how I think, and thus how I am.
Because either the memory is damaged, or it changes the way thins are interpreted. If the memory was undamaged and copied to new hardware, it could resolve it - many things are a chemical imbalance within the brain for one thing or another.

Originally Posted by Carborundum View Post
I'll give it a shot:

Keeping with the computer analogy, hardware has an effect on software performance there too. A harddrive can have faulty sectors, which result in loss of data, which in turn results in changes to the software. A CPU can have fried transistors, resulting in incorrectly executed commands, again affecting the software.

These computer-hardware failures have bio-hardware failure analogies: Alzheimer's disease causes neurons to breakdown, effectively causing loss of data. Biochemical imbalances causing mood-swings, psychosis, etc. could be considered "CPU problems".

With that in mind, since Jake himself is a function of his memories and the interpretation of that interacting with perception of senses, then he still exists as himself, even if his former body (and in effect, his original mind that was himself) is dead - while what makes him himself was copied or moved, it still runs the same way. It's like imaging a hard drive onto a new drive in a new system, with a similar setup but improved actual hardware - it runs the same, as if nothing had changed.
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