[ExI] Yesterday's Mashed Potatoes

ablainey at aol.com ablainey at aol.com
Mon Apr 21 03:18:25 UTC 2008

Lee, I would assume/presume based upon what you have written below, that you would take the view that 'the pattern' would be wholly intact when a subject is cryo preserved? If so, would cryonic?suspension not be the perfect temporary measure for those who think successful uploading is a little too far away??It would be a prudent insurance policy for ensuring we are still around?for uploading.
I must admit that I have never thought of the two in this way and have only viewed cryonics in regards?of being fixed and living again. But it would seem that the freezer is a perfect stop gap until the uploading technology is available. It would also solve a few technical problems associated with uploading.
The more I think about it, it would seem to solve most if not all the problems of cryo as well.


-----Original Message-----
From: Lee Corbin <lcorbin at rawbw.com>
To: ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
Sent: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 3:27
Subject: Re: [ExI] Yesterday's Mashed Potatoes

Rick writes

> [Keith ] Henson replied:
> > While information has to be embedded in matter,
> > the particular material is not important.  It the
> > pattern of information that makes one person
> > different from another, not the particular atoms.

which was well said, and is the vast majority view here.

> This makes me think that:
> If it is the "pattern", then the information should be
> readily transferable when uploading, or even
> duplicatable if one were cloning.

Quite right. Are you beginning to consider that this in
fact might be the fundamental answer to your query,
namely that uploading (if carried out according to 
the criteria usually mentioned) would be no more
disturbing to who you really are than a good night's
sleep is?

> Wikipedia: "A pattern of information (or form) is
> the pattern or content of an instance or piece of
> information. Many separate pieces of information
> may share the same form. We can say that those
> pieces are perfectly correlated or say that they are
> copies of each other, as in copies of a book."

Thanks for the wiki quote. Yes. That's just how many
of us look at survival through copies.


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