Can A Machine Have A Soul?
Bill Lauritzen demonstrates that there is probably no such thing as an immortal soul or spirit. This result suggests that a conscious machine or android should have just as many rights as a human. It also raises the policy question of what should be done about the large numbers of people throughout the world who believe in an immortal soul.
Keywords: Bill, Lauritzen, Moore’s law, machine, consciousness, human, God, gods, religion, scientific, mythology, soul, psyche, Qi, Reiki, Prana, Rauch, Ba, died, atomic, theory, hominid, Africa, Ayo, Obi, spirit, ghost, sacrifice, sacred, burn, sacrificial, mizbe’ah, altar, Philo of Byzantium, Experiment 41, Robert Boyle, mysterious, Lavoisier, Mendeleev, oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, lava, Big Island, Hawaii, fire, earth, air, water, cyclical, periodic, elements, artificial intelligence, afterlife, immortality, brain, heaven, Paleolithic, Small Brain Theory of Religion, angels, human enhancement.