By Eric Charles Steinhart (auth.)
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Each body is a distinct thing at a distinct time. 14. Bodies are stages of lives Any process is a 4D thing composed of 3D stages. But there are many types of stages. Some but not all 4D processes are composed entirely of 3D organisms. They are composed of living things that are extended in space but not in time. For example, your body at any instant is a 3D human organism. But your body never occupies more than one moment of time. Every body is instantaneous, ephemeral, and impermanent. This is the impermanence of the ﬂesh: from each moment to the next, your previous body ceases to exist, only to be replaced by an updated version of itself.
But that really isn’t very relevant right now. All that matters for our present purposes is that there are some very deep ways in which the physics of our universe resembles that of the game of life. One of these ways is that our universe has both spatial and temporal dimensions. Some of our best physical theories, namely, the theories of relativity, portray time as an extended dimension of 20 Your Digital Afterlives change. More formally, time is a linearly ordered set of moments. These moments are linked by three temporal relations: one moment can be earlier than another, simultaneous with itself, or later than another.
These are its internal connect-the-dots networks of cells. The brain has a ﬁnite set of possible outputs. These are the signals leaving it through its motor nerves (the nerves that go out to the muscles and other organs). The transition function of the brain maps all its possible (input, state) pairs onto its states. The production function of the brain maps all its possible (input, state) pairs onto its outputs. All these sets deﬁne the program being run by the brain. This brainprogram has the form (I, S, O, F, G), where the sets and functions are all speciﬁc to the brain.
Your Digital Afterlives: Computational Theories of Life after Death by Eric Charles Steinhart (auth.)