14.0347 existential & theological questions

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 347.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
             Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2000 10:15:37 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: Identity, Cyber-self and The Question of God
    Dear Humanists,
    Hello..I tried to collect some good pointers on the contemporary issues
    of Existence, Self-Identity and Mind vs. Body. Have fun!
    Existenz: Disconnection from Reality
    This paper looks at reasons why people spend their lives on the Internet,
    the harmful effects of this practice, and the ramifications for future
    generations. The author, Mark Cudmore discusses an important issue, he
    argues --that the more time we spend online, the more we become separated
    from our true and real indentities..there will be loss of real identities.
    The Necessity of Memory of Self-identity: Locke, Hume, Freud and the
    The paper discussed the issues, as our personal history in cyberspace
    makes memory more than just "internal" to human beings but rather memory
    must be extended outward to our cyber-self.
    The Matrix and The Question of God: Rene Descartes' Mind vs. Body
    The author discussed the evil genius of Descartes' Meditations and the
    Artificial Intelligence agents in popular film The Matrix and offers us an
    interesting spin on the question of God's existence as well as insights
    into both worlds.
    Thank you!
    Best Wishes
    Arun Tripathi

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