The British Museum Shop. c 2016 AD Immortality
American psychologist, writer, and pasionate advocate of psychedelic drugs Timothy Leary famously documented his own death in the 1997 book Design for Dying. In the below text, Leary sets out five questions that might allow for the continuation of consciousness after death, and surfaced the possibility of designing for 'de-animation'.
How can personal memories and genetic algorithms stored in the brain be backed up and stored for uploading into the new or reanimated brain? Answer: Owners who wish to preserve and reanimate their neuro-memories (souls) must diligently collect and protect material momentos that will help reconstruct the unique personality and personal environment of their lives - within reason, of course. The tombs of the pharaohs are fantastic models of personal-reality storage, but impractical for our times. Material items, mementos, souvenirs, clothes, books, and pictures are obviously vulnerable to loss. Remember the tomb robbers. The key to software backup, therefore, is digitisation. IF YOU WANT TO IMMORTALISE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS, RECORD AND DIGITISE.
The significance and meaning that the Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs gave to the afterlife, as seen in this replica Pyramidion (the uppermost capstone of an Egyptian pyramid) is becoming a project of equal importance to modern humanity. We have increasingly followed Timothy Leary's instructions and preserved ourselves for later reanimation through the documentation and digitisation of every part of ourselves. Our modern day burial tombs have metamorphosised from the sealed underground chambers of Egypt to sealed digital devices that we term as smartphones, each of which is backed up into 'The Cloud'. These contemporary tombs are no less vulnerable to the desires of tomb raiders keen to liberate the value of the hoards they protect, however.