[extropy-chat] Alternative toCryowasTheAmazingCellularRepairdevice

John K Clark jonkc at att.net
Mon Oct 17 05:09:14 UTC 2005

"Brett Paatsch" <bpaatsch at bigpond.net.au>

>Lego block construction proceeds with the construction
> tools (the kids hands) outside the block.

Amino acids are put into a sequence with construction tools (transfer RNA)
outside the protein.

> the instructions/design decisions about what will be build also outside
> the block (in the kids head).

the instructions/design decisions about what will be build are also outside
the protein  (in the DNA communicated by means of messenger RNA)

> The lego blocks don't grow and divide

Individual amino acids don't grow and divide.

> construction proceeds with the lego blocks being snapped in discretely to
> the outside of the first block that was laid down.

Construction proceeds with the amino acids being snapped into a sequence one
after another.

> Nature wasn't trying to reverse engineer a particular Spike

Yes, and that gives us an advantage nature did not have, reverse engineering
a brain is not easy but it's easier than making one from scratch, it won't
take us 3 billion years as it took nature.

> to recreate Spikes brain in flesh

In the flesh? What's the point?

> (and get Spike back)

What has that to do with flesh?

> you would have to create a whole lot of cells (trillions of them)
> capable of functioning as the massive specific concert of cells
> that was biological Spike.

I'm far more interested in putting the information in Spikes organic brain
(or mine) into some more permanent media than I am in recreating another
meat computer exactly like the primitive thing we have now; however if you
really wanted to do it I can think of one way with minimal use of Drexlerian
technology. We would certainly know Spike's genome so we could grow a brain
from that, then just use the  Drexlerian technology to modify the
interconnections in the neurons of the new brain so they have the same
memories the original brain had.  As I said I very much doubt anyone will
bother to actually do something like that because they would regard it as

> your nanobots that are having to place molecules to less than 6 nanometre
> precision to get functioning cells.

And you are claiming that the only way to achieve such precision is the way
nature stumbled upon 3 billion years ago and intelligence can never beat
random mutation and natural selection. That strikes me as extraordinarily

> I'm effectively certain that they [Jupiter brains presumably] wouldn't try
> to [duplicate a meat computer].

Now that I agree with.

  John K Clark

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