A Depth of Beginning: Notes on Kabbalah by Colin Low

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We can transform it into radically different forms by passing it through other programs designed to transform it from one 38 The Sephiroth source of income, a place to live, a vocation, personal power and influence etc, but at a deeper level the foundation of personal identity is built on a series of accidents, encounters and influences which create the illusion of who we are, what we believe in, and what we stand for. There is a warm, secure feeling of knowing what is right and wrong, of doing the right thing, of living a worthwhile life in the service of worthwhile causes, of having a uniquely privileged vantage point from which to survey the problems of life (with all the intolerance and incomprehension of other people which accompanies this insight).

So not only is a program not tied to any particular physical representation, but the same goes for the computer itself, and what we are left with is two puffs of smoke. aren’t they? We could now apply the same kind of scrutiny to living organisms, and the mechanism of reproduction. , and ask the same kind of questions. Where is the human being in a strand of DNA? A human being isn’t in the chemicals any more than the program is in its code or a novel is in the printed words: the form of the human being is somehow represented by a pattern, and the chemicals in DNA are just one way of expressing that pattern.

Where is the human being in a strand of DNA? A human being isn’t in the chemicals any more than the program is in its code or a novel is in the printed words: the form of the human being is somehow represented by a pattern, and the chemicals in DNA are just one way of expressing that pattern. The technology now exists to read the pattern in DNA, encode it so that the pattern can be sent down a telephone, and turned back into DNA at the other end. At some point the form of a human being was flying down a telephone wire.

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