How can there be something instead of nothing? This isn't really a question about the contents of the book, but it isn't really a question about an adventure/campaign either, and it's not a game world suggestion... I was unsure where to place it, so feel free to move it if it's in the wrong place. I've been thinking about reproduction. The creation of children, of offspring. Sex has been irrevocably changed by resleeving, in a myriad of ways. If your wife is currently inhabiting a dog, is it still beastiality? The idea of "gender" has also been kind of... antiquated. At least to some degree. (Note: "Gender" is used here in the feminist sense, as separate from the biological "Sex"). Having sex with someone in a male morph while being male isn't necessarily homosexual - it might be heterosex, or maybe even something akin to using a dildo, if the conciousness inhabiting the body you're having sex with is an AI... Even masturbation will likely never be the same - having sex with yourself is quite possible, using an alpha fork and whatever morph or morphs you feel like. Are teenagers experimenting with body switching, when they first discover sex? Trying out what the opposite feels like? (This is what I gather from the main rulebook, at least. Feel free to contradict me. And yes, I know bioconservatives aren't quite doing it that way...) Anyways, sex leads me to the subject of children. I imagine noone has to become pregnant against their will anymore. Even bioconservatives aren't likely to object to proper contraceptives and the like. Rejuvenation and "eternal life" should mean the idea of reproducing is less interesting. After all, what's the rush? I don't need to create a legacy; I'm likely to exist forever and ever. The "biological clock" can be largely avoided. Synthmorphs shouldn't have it at all. Hormones can be controlled. As for when you actually want to have a child... Do you climb into your most genetically perfect morphs and just have at it? Or do you just submit some cell samples or even just a default order to a genetic factory type thing? Are children grown in exowombs? At what age do they get out? Is it possible to create a new conciousness without birthing it? Where does conciousness come from? If it's just a pattern of impulses, shaped by imput (as I believe it to be), can you start from scratch with an "empty" cyberbrain, for instance? The need to discover, learn and build identity is largely biological - we need to make sense of the world - but what is the thing that wants to make sense of it? Does conciousness exist at all at younger ages, or is it a result of years of biologically motivated "curiosity"? Are children like animals, at their early stages - is the reason we are conscious because our patterns have room to become more complex? Can a child be created as an infomorph? Born and raised in the Mesh? Combining stripped-down forks from both parents... What's the difference between such a creation and an artificial intelligence? Wouldn't it be artificial, and an intelligence? We have psychosurgery, and we have Uplifts. Those two technologies implies an understanding of the "code" of the human consciousness. Is it possible to build one from scratch? At least a child-level consciousness, the rest comes with memory and experience... Or perhaps by Dark City-esque mixing and matching of other people's memories and patterns... So, um... Any of you given this any thought?
—Warning: Anarchist, postmodernist, socialist, transhumanist, feminist