Hi all, my name is Nathan. I have been reading your posts for a long time and have enjoyed what you've all contributed. I am reading the trilogy now and enjoying it. I plan on asking ya'll some questions once I have finished the trilogy. For now though, I'd like to know why Tom refers to himself in the third person in this thread? Is "twcjr" a different "Tom" than Thomas Campbell? Thanks!
This subject has scant connection to Tom's interviews, lectures and workshops and should be posted elsewhere. Perhaps in "Wud I Say" which is sort of a catch all. So lets move this thread while it is still short (no more posts until it is relocated) from this particular forum and take it up elsewhere. If the brain were actually dead (equivalent to being removed from the body), the body would, if left on its own, die. "Brain dead" refers to loss of cognitive function and awareness. If your computer processor lost every other 1 or zero, it couldn't communicate or perform any of its functions. It would be brain dead. However the hard drives would still spin, the CD tray would open and shut, and the power light would remain on. The case would not change, it would remain fully functional. You are confusing mental awareness with physical function. Consciousness continues with or without a brain. The body is a machine -- if you can force the heart to beat, the chest to breathe and feed it through a tube, the body can "live" for a long time without a consciousness inhabiting it - as a marginally functioning carcass. The consciousness returns to NPMR and begins planning its next adventure -- it doesn't have to wait for its virtual body to die as long as the probability of that body ever hosting a consciousness again is infinitesimal.