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atoms in our human body are replaced every 5-7 years

98% of all atoms are replaced after just one year. To me this begs the question of is our memories and character stored somewhere else within us?
ElRengo · 70-79, M
Information is not stored at an atomic one by one level.
Even biological entities with a bigger aggregation (molecular, celular) are replaced with time.
Some other ones takes the function.
Axeroberts · 56-60, M
@ElRengo could it be a transfer of information as new atoms replace old? Or is the information held deep in our conscious which is not part of our physical self's?
ElRengo · 70-79, M
Don´t seem to be the case of one alternative or the other.
There is nothing like information without some kind physical support.
And neither each single "symbol" carries the complete information by itself.
Moreover it may have no intrinsic information than it´s identity, only meaningfull in some kind of "place" / interaction with others AND some enviroment / frame.

But let´s use a very rough example.

The "t" in the "transfer" word of your post means only "t".
Needed for the word, not enough for it.

If (like I did) take the letter string "ranfer" copied (so the same) from that word you posted, it´s still not enough to say "transfer".
So I may add my own "t", not physically the same as yours, as a replacement of the absent one.

Now and again, it says "transfer", same meaning with a replaced "t".

Was it a useful image?

There is another less forced one.
What happens to electrons in metals.
HannibalAteMeOut · 22-25, F
No, because it doesn't happen at the same time for every single one of them.
HannibalAteMeOut · 22-25, F
@Axeroberts sure but one atom doesn't hold a thought, it's many many atoms that do, so if one of them gets replaced now, another tomorrow, another in 3 years, all of them just for one thought, the thought can go through the process and get stored and nothing will happen to it (of course memories do fade and many end up being subjective and even not real in the future). But atoms being replaced does not mean rejuvenation or even mutation. Because one atom that is part of one lysosome of one cell for example, you understand it has no power to change anything, especially if it's identical to the one that is replacing it. Plus nobody's telling me that these atoms do not somehow exchange "information". So you know, if I were to replace you at your job, I'd be taught what to do first.
Axeroberts · 56-60, M
@HannibalAteMeOut i think information has to get passed one atom at a time or there would be nothing after 7 years or so. Like if i had a glass of coke a cola and put a drop of water in every day. It would eventually flow over the glass and eventually end up as a glass of water
HannibalAteMeOut · 22-25, F
@Axeroberts well that seems logical and when we're talking about atoms, their time isn't really our time. It's too small to comprehend. Think of this: how different is one atom of the air you are inhaling right now from another atom that you will inhale in the next second? Can you age in just one second? I mean we do, but in "our" time we don't really.
It begs the question of how memories are stored, are they stored chemically or as electrical impulses and how then is that information replicated in new cells at the molecular level
Axeroberts · 56-60, M
@Onestarlitnight very true. somehow they are passed on to the new atom. and since information is passed through cells both electrically through the axon and usually exchanged chemically it might just be both

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