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Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 05:32:36 +0800 (CST)
From: =?big5?q?kurt2100kimo?= <>
Subject: From the Gaijin

Thomas, its me, Kurt Schoedel, who is the gaijin who
lived in Japan. My name, for some reason, does not get
into the list header, so I will sign my messages from
now on.

The issue of marketability is partly one of the
definition of death, but is also an issue of
suspension viability. Most people I have talked to
about this idea recognize the notion that human
consciousness (or "soul" as the religious people would
call it) is based on neuro-structure. the logical
corollary to this is that, if that neuro-structure is
preserved intact, in theory it should be possible to
reanimate someone assuming a sufficient technology.

Most people are also becomming aware of something
called "stem-cell regenerative medicine". Its in the
news all the time. It does not take a big leap of
imagination to see that cryonics could possibly work,
assuming a decent neuro-preservation. Most of the
people (expats in my target market) do tend to grasp
these ideas. It does make sense to them on a certain

Thats why I say that if we could demonstrate decent
neuro-preservation, marketing cryonics would be easier
to various target markets (the early adapters, as
marketing people call it). The definition of death
issue also becomes easier to deal with because,
whatever the neurological basis of identity is, it is
preserved, which is the whole point of the excersize,
at least on the front end.

The other, more technical issue, is developing the
reanimation process itself. Since I still have doubts
about the feasibility of "drexlerian" nanotechnology,
I prefer to describe the potential re-animation
process as being based on some future derivative of
stem-cell regeneration, in chemistry/biological terms.
This is also easier for people not like us to
comprehend and accept.

The major point that I think we all agree on, is the
need to develop an effective neuro-preservation
technology. Reading through the literature and based
on things that Greg Faye and Brian Woulk have told me,
I do believe that this is a realistic near-term (less
than 10 year) goal.

Thomas, everything you say is correct. However, your
perspective is a rather difficult one for most people
to deal with.


Kurt Schoedel

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