X-Message-Number: 23800
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2004 07:14:39 -0800 (PST)
From: Scott Badger <>
Subject: Re: Encoded Memory

> if you live long enough you will not have any
> original memories.

First, your friend assumes that we won't have access
to any memory enhancement technology. Big assumption.

Second, it doesn't matter anyway. Just because I have
poor memories of my 6th birthday doesn't mean that I'm
not me. There's clear continuity. Identity is not a
snapshot, it's a process. Should I have given up on
living when I was 6 since the majority of my memories
from that time would be inaccessible at some future
time? No need to confirm your friend's research. It's 
interesting but doesn't apply here.



> From: "Basie" <>
> Subject: Re encoded memory
> Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2004 19:56:59 -0500
> A friend told me recently that he does not think
> there is much sense in
> cryonics because long-term memory is not copied but
> re encoded every time
> the memory is recalled. Every time it is re encoded
> it is changed. According
> to him if you live long enough you will not have any
> original memories.
> I will do literature research myself but hope he is
> wrong.

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