Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer, host and executive producer of the PBS television series "Closer to Truth" (produced and directed by Peter Getzels) and he has published more than 30 books including The Mystery of Existence: Why is there Anything At All? (2013, with philosopher John Leslie), "Closer to Truth: Science, Meaning and the Future" (2007) and "The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin" (China’s best-selling book in 2005). Kuhn is a commentator for the BBC, CNN, CCTV, and Bloomberg, and a featured columnist in the South China Morning Post and China Daily. His Ph.D. is in anatomy/brain research (UCLA).
Most religions claim that there is more to the self than the brain. The traditional understanding is that human sentience and selfhood are conveyed via some kind of nonphysical substance, often called a "soul."
Big thinkers discuss the definition of a self and what that means for death, the demise of the body and the destruction of the brain. Can the self survive? And could your self be uploaded into another brain, even a nonbiological one?