X-Message-Number: 21919
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2003 09:59:23 -0400
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: CryoNet #21901 - #21913

For Mike Treder: 

I haven't read the book you criticise, but will make one comment
about your criticism. Be careful about what you yourself don't
know fully. The white matter in our brains serves as insulation 
for SOME neural connections, often major ones. Itself it does

And no, I do not believe that nanotechnology will solve all our
problems (I'd not claiming you said so) or anything close to
that. Before the word existed, people were doing both chemistry
and materials science which now falls under that heading --- not
to mention biochemistry. And some problems, even the problem
of reviving frozen (as distinguished from vitrified) cryonics
patients will not be directly solvable by nanotechnology ---
the scales of the injuries are too large, particularly for
brains. Yes, there are ways it will help, but it will not solve
the problem of putting broken brains back together. (At a 
minimum it will let us build computers capable of working out
our FORMER nerve connections --- highly parallel ones, and
more capable than the current most powerful IBMs).

           Best wishes and long long life to all,

                  Thomas Donaldson

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