X-Message-Number: 27300
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 21:40:36 -0400
From: Francois <>
Subject: Reanimation experiments

Many potential cryonauts here have stated that they would like to be revived 
only after reanimation techniques have been demonstrated safe and effective. 
That makes sense. It would indeed be dumb to go through the trouble of 
getting cryonically suspended only to have the reanimation fail through some 
technical snaffu or badly done research. Yet, how exactly are the needed 
experiments to be done? We can't experiment on animals, because they don't 
have the level of sentience we would need to preserve and restore. A 
reanimation procedure could work fully on a dog's or even a chimpanzee's 
brain and still fail on the more complex human brain. We can't experiment on 
humans unless they volunteer, and even then it would not be ethical to risk 
inflicting massive brain damage on them for the sake of scientific research. 
So what sort of protocol could be used in this instance? How could we gain 
enough knowledge to successfully reanimate human brains if we can't 
experiment directly on them? And how would we measure success on something 
as subjective as self awareness?


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than those who pray

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