X-Message-Number: 13532
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2000 23:22:45 -0700
From: Mike Perry <>
Subject: Neuros, uploading

Doug Skrecky, #13514, notes that
>In Message #13504 "George Smith" <> wrote:
>> (2) The viewing of the body in a funeral setting is unaffected by whether or
>> not the brain was previously removed in autopsy.  I always took great care
>> in avoiding incisions which could even remotely impact the face.  This is
>> also standard procedure.  Therefore the appearance of the body is not
>> disfigured when presented for "viewing" by the mortician.  This therefore
>> has a minimum PR negative impact in my opinion.
Getting a brain out of the skull is very hard without substantial damage
though, at least with current procedures. Moreover, I question whether an
organization's offering the neuro option alone will tend to "scare off"
prospective signups, because nobody is forcing *them* to go neuro, just
offering the possibility for those that want it. As evidence, consider that
Alcor, despite higher prices, still I think has the largest number of
members signed up for cryonic suspension, nearly 500 now. I believe the
majority of these in fact are signed up for the neuro option--at least
that's the way it was a few years ago.

Yvan Bozzonetti, #13515:

>uploading (or for short, brain on computer) is not well received by many in 
>the small world of cryonics. Neverthless, I think it is the best option in 
>continental Europe where laws impose long delays before freezing and for many 
>now frozen.

Unfortunately, uploading cannot be an "option" because *we don't have
it*--not yet. When we do, it might indeed be preferable. But I don't see us
getting it any time soon. Freezing, or some sort of physical preservation,
is what we are stuck with for now, and we have to work with that limitation.

Mike Perry.

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