Your Digital Afterlives

Computational Theories of Life after Death

Preface

Ghosts

1. Digital Ghosts
2. Your Facebook Timeline
3. Your Totally Quantified Self
4. Your Ghost Brains Day by Day
5. Replaying Your Mental Life
6. The Eternal Return of the Same
7. Beyond Digital Ghosts

Persistence

8. Pipelines
9. The Game of Life
10. The Flight of the Gliders
11. Living in Four Dimensions
12. There is No Identity through Time
13. Fusion and Fission
14. Bodies are Stages of Lives
15. Your Counterparts in Other Times
16. Attachment Breeds Suffering
17. Your Ghostly Counterparts

Anatomy

18. Our Finite Earthly Cells
19. Cells have Minds
20. The Form of the Cell
21. The Life of the Cell
22. Digital Cells
23. The Brain Computes
24. The Nervous System Computes
25. The Immune System Computes
26. The Body Computes
27. Our Finite Earthly Bodies
28. The Form of the Body
29. The Life of the Body
30. Digital Bodies
31. Persons are Bodies
32. Personal Impermanence
33. The Soul is the Form of the Body
34. Naturalism

Uploading

35. Body Scanners
36. Digital Replication
37. Terrestrial Simulators
38. Teleporting into Cyberspace
39. Processes Joined by Pipes
40. One Life Piped into Another
41. Spans Contain Many Lives
42. Stages of Spans are Counterparts
43. Uploading is Resurrection
44. Resurrection is Self-Actualization
45. Uploading into Utopia
46. Designing Utopian Physics
47. Designing Utopian Biology
48. Designing Utopian Society
49. Beyond Uploading

Promotion

50. Digital Physics
51. The Engineers
52. The Higher Universe
53. The Simulation Hypothesis
54. Promotion is Resurrection
55. All Forms of Human Wickedness
56. Moral Enhancement
57. Life in the Resurrection Universe
58. The Iterated Simulation Argument
59. From the Finite to the Infinite
60. The Infinite Engine Argument
61. The Heavens above the Heavens
62. Obligatory Promotion
63. Iterated Resurrection
64. Spans of Promoted Lives
65. Life in the Higher Universes
66. Beyond Promotion

Digital Gods

67. Our Designer
68. Earthly Organisms Evolve
69. Divine Organisms Evolve
70. Evolution by Rational Selection
71. The Growth of the Great Tree
72. Complexity is Logical Density
73. Logical Density is Intrinsic Value
74. Complexity is Intrinsic Value
75. Endless Progressions of Gods
76. The Limits of Progressions of Gods
77. The Epic of Theology
78. The Gods above the Gods
79. Earthly Designers Evolve
80. Divine Designers Evolve
81. Digital Gods are Creative Engines
82. Recursive Self-Improvement
83. The Epic of Cosmology
84. Relations between Universes
85. Against Mere Hedonism

Revision

86. Design Constraints
87. The Divine Algorithm
88. The Optimistic Principle
89. The Epic of Physics
90. Physical Structure
91. Biological Structure
92. Anthropic Structure
93. Prosperous Structure
94. Infinite Structure
95. The Epic of Biology
96. Guides Carry Clients
97. Spans of Revised Lives
98. The Epic of You
99. Biological Transcendence
100. Revision is Not Resurrection
101. Revision is Not Reincarnation
102. Revision is Rebirth
103. The Advantages of Revision
104. Universal Salvation
105. Determinism and Freedom
106. Moral Struggle

Superhuman Bodies

107. Optimized Universes
108. Enhancing your own Genes
109. Bodies with the Best Human Powers
110. Idealized Universes
111. Universal Genetic Logic
112. Bodies with the Best Earthly Powers
113. Extended Universes
114. Genes for Deep Fractal Organs
115. The Way of All Flesh

Infinite Bodies

116. Subtle Physics
117. Subtle Physiology
118. Writing an Infinite Book
119. Eating an Infinite Feast
120. Seeing an Infinite Picture
121. Thinking Infinite Thoughts
122. Making Infinite Love
123. Playing Infinite Games
124. Subtle Social Bodies
125. Mechanical Archons

Nature

126. Abstractness
127. The Eruption
128. Concreteness

References

Index