[ExI] Essential Upload Data
ben at zaiboc.net
Tue May 5 16:54:37 UTC 2020
On 05/05/2020 01:29, Adrian Tymes wrote:
> But in practice, real options presented today for cryopreservation
> make that a true dichotomy. For example, as of today, Alcor offers to
> preserve just the head or the entire body; they do not offer any "in
> between" option. Every other cryonics service I've seen, either
> offers the same choice or only offers one or the other option. So
> there is a real, practical choice - again, in terms of what is
> available today - between "just the head" and "the entire body".
> Since no other options are available today, no other options merit
> consideration for someone facing cryopreservation today. Other
> options might be considered for a future service, if there is a
> realistic chance that some cryopreservation service might someday
> offer other options.
Alcor do, though keep notes on each patient, so people can make their
wishes known re. resurrections conditions, etc. Perhaps the endocrine
data could be part of that? It would be up to the patient, not Alcor to
produce the data, and include it in the notes. I'm thinking that some
blood analysis should be sufficient, rather than a detailed examination
of the endocrine glands.
In any event, the existence of the neuro-only option shows that many
people think the brain alone will contain the essential upload data, and
the rest, apart from a scarce few, only want full-body preservation
because they want their original body, in working order, afterwards, not
because they want a 'more accurate' upload.
I'm confident that omitting data from the original body won't have any
significant effect on an uploaded mind. Apart from vague statements
about the body contributing to our consciousness, or our minds
'extending into' the body, I've not heard of any evidence, or convincing
theory, to the contrary.
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