X-Message-Number: 18488
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2002 08:01:44 -0500
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: CryoNet #18482 - #18487

Hi everyone!

Well, well, I guess I must talk more about memory. 

I would not insist that I retain my present memories for the whole of
my lifespan, though I'd probably want to store them. However when
I am revived from my suspension I do want to retain my memories;
to the degree that I do so, my suspension will be good or bad. Would
I accept a suspension which caused lots of loss of memory? If I had
to I would most certainly do so. I am talking about what makes a
suspension a good suspension, not about what makes it better than

Since Bob brings up otherfeatures we have, I will say that again
I wish to retain whatever other features, such as personality, which
do not directly rely on memory. However I would add that if I lost
ALL my memories, including memory of kinds often preserved after
brain injury (such as name, personal traits which were not inherited
etc) then I would seriously wonder if the revived person was ME.
Study of memory has shown that we have several different kinds of
memory, managed by different brain areas, and people can lose one
but keep all the others. The disastrous event would be if I lost
ALL of them.

This brief discussion of memory may not cover some questions Bob
or others may have. I am happy to discuss this issue further. It
would be foolish of me to claim that this message sums up in total
my thoughts about memory or any relevant facts pertaining or 
supporting my thoughts.

		Best wishes and long long life for all,

			Thomas Donaldson

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