spines on ice

Damien Broderick (damien@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au)
Mon, 31 Mar 1997 12:44:25 +0000

At 09:25 PM 3/30/97 +0200, Anders wrote:

>It would be meaningless to upload into a system that didn't duplicate the
>limbic system - why upload only *part* of the brain? Uploading will most
>likely encompass everything from the brainstem and upwards (and I'll
>admit that I have been thinking about the spinal cord too).

Interesting. When I published the suggestion, in 1971, that cryonicists
could freeze severed heads instead of going to the expense and added risk
of storing the whole body (a process now called `neurological suspension',
and in which I was anticipated in print by several years), I suggested that
the spinal cord should also be preserved. It seemed to me then (and still
does) that a considerable amount of salient information is embodied/encoded
therein. This would also be relevant, therefore, to upload procedures.

Damien Broderick