X-Message-Number: 3357
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 1994 21:28:54 -0400
From: "Keith F. Lynch" <>
Subject: CRYONICS Re: Brain scanning

The Merkle paper in question discusses slicing a human brain (presumably
from a cadaver) into 70,000 thin parallel slices, imaging them under a
bank of a thousand electron microscopes over a period of three years,
and storing and analyzing the resulting data on a computer.  This would
be done in the near future at a cost of several billion dollars.

There was no suggestion that the computer data would allow future
revival of the person whose brain it was, though I personally suspect
it's possible that it would, but not as likely to work as cryonics.

> Then we do the normal cryonic suspension, but stop just above freezing
> temperature. Can the brain stay at this temperature long enough to be
> process through the microscopes?

For three years?  Above freezing?  I don't think so.

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