X-Message-Number: 12256
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: agreement with Saul Kent, plus a few comments
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 21:41:19 +1000 (EST)

Hi everyone!

I'm happy that Saul Kent saw fit to "introduce some reality". And yes, so
far as I know, he's quite correct.

It will be quite ironic if a company laced with cryonicists turns out to
deliver a good way to preserve organs other than the brain ... and later,
the brain, too. It would also turn some things upside down: I remember
very well how various cryobiologists spoke against cryonics. I'm told
(I hadn't gotten involved by then, being wrapped up in math for my
PhD thesis) that they didn't start that way, but turned against cryonics
when they found that we couldn't provide all the finances to THEM that
they wanted.

Of course, I'm not taking back my message on the previous Cryonet

As for Tom Mazanec, I will say that it really helps to know much more
about brains and how they work. At a minimum you'll understand the 
problems which must be solved much better. Because we're talking about 
the Real World, not a fantasy, our own ideas of how things work might be
found to be false at any time. But within those limits, it's certain that
21st Century Medicine can produce improved methods for preservation of
other organs, and many of their ideas should extend, with work, to
very much improved preservation of brains, too. Improved enough that
we'll know (from animal experiments) that we can revive at least the
brains of patients suspended by those methods. From that point on, some
means to revive whole patients will certainly be devised; other than
the brain, all else is replaceable, and not only that, but replaceable

			Best and long long life to all,

				Thomas Donaldson

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