RE: Why Cryonics

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Mon Feb 28 2000 - 03:00:34 MST

He tells nothing new in this post other than in

I haven't read that before, so I just did.

His description of the state of the neural tissue due to
ischaemia/freezing is entirely incorrect. I hate to be blunt, but he's
moving entirely outside of his area of expertise. Even worse, he is
making invalid ad hoc assumptions in his area of expertise (assuming a
nondissipative, deterministic physical process despite dramatic
evidence to the contrary "the laws of physics are reversible"; plus
arbitrarily fixing a lower level of structure encoding the
personality, despite of sound practise (and mounting evidence) to
assume a worst case).

In short, the argumentation as presented makes only a very weak case.

-- Eugene

"In theory, there is difference between theory and practice. In
practice, there is." writes:
> Coincidentally(?), Ralph Merkle has posted an article today to sci.crypt
> about the analogy between cryonics and cryptanalysis. You can read it
> at[ST_rn=ps]/getdoc.xp?AN=590357353. Click on
> "thread" to find any follow-ups. I see that at least one reply has
> mentioned the issue of possible information loss.
> Hal

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