[extropy-chat] How to be copied into the future?
stathisp at gmail.com
Fri Apr 27 11:12:13 UTC 2007
On 4/27/07, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 26, 2007 at 08:43:13PM -0400, Heartland wrote:
> > I hear this kind of argument all the time. What you're saying here does
> not really
> > question the fact that flat EEG means death. You merely observe that you
> find no
> For the benefit of everyone who is not Slawomir: only sustainable flat EEG
> means death.
> I wonder what would happen if we'd anaesthesize Slawomir in his sleep,
> induced a heart arrest and waited a couple minutes after resuscitation.
> Or merely sedated both his hemispheres, making them transiently
> silent (a much softer approach).
> Then, after several months and years we'd tell him. What would be
> his reaction?
We wouldn't need to go to such drastic lengths. Commonly used anaesthetics
such as thiopentone and isoflurane cause flat EEG traces, a pattern called
"burst suppression". So unless you want to bite down on a piece of wood
while the surgeon takes your appendix out, you are going to end up dying and
an impostor with your memories will take your place after the operation.
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