X-Message-Number: 23802
Date: Sat, 03 Apr 2004 11:24:16 -0500
From: "Raphael T. Haftka" <>
Subject: Re: CryoNet #23795 - #23798
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At 05:00 AM 4/3/2004, you wrote:
>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.

I am glad somebody else worries about these matters, because I have for a long 
time. Besides the problem that Basie notes there is forgetfulness, to which I 
have always been prone. So I have very few memories (as distinct from 
information) of my past.

I expect however, that sooner or later we will be augmenting our memories with 
memory storage external to our brains. One possible route to this is the 

1. People who lose their eyesight get equipped with a videocamera that 
communicates directly with their optic nerve or brain.

2. They can store a portion of every day's video on a storage device and access 
it later.
3. Sighted people imitate the blind to gain this advantage.



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