Dean Pomerleau Posted June 11, 2015 Report Share Posted June 11, 2015 (edited) A big part of my motivation for practicing CR, exercising regularly etc. is to be around to see what amazing things the future holds for humanity. I presume this motivates quite a few (most?) CR practitioners. With this goal in mind, I'm wondering if anyone has looked into (or signed up for) a cryonics service, like Alcor or the Cryonics Institute (CI). Its a pretty expensive proposition ($200K+ for whole body, $80K+ for "neuropreservation" at Alcor, less at CI), but in my mind money isn't the biggest issue. The main question for me is whether or not the current preservation procedure (a combination of cooling and vitrification) is likely to preserve neural structures (e.g. synapses and connectivity patterns) sufficiently well to at least theoretically enable reconstruction via sufficiently advanced technology. If the answer is yes, or even maybe, then cryonics could be a "lifeboat to the future" in case something bad happens before Aubrey, Michael et al defeat aging. :) But if the brain is so badly scrambled by the currently available procedure, then one might as well wait to sign up thereby saving the upfront hassle and expenses. Hopefully at some point, improvements in the procedure (e.g. whole brain vitrification) will enable someone to win the brain preservation prize, which for me would be pretty convincing evidence that there is at least a chance of future reconstruction/resurrection. I've actually donated to the brain preservation foundation to help spur research in this direction, just as I've donated to SENS to spur research into stopping/reversing aging. There seems to be pretty promising recent results in accurate whole brain preservation, at least when it comes to a mouse brain preservation, although this is a very new technique not yet employed by any of the human cryonics services. Any other CRonies looked into cryonics, or have any interesting thoughts on the topic? --Dean Edited June 11, 2015 by Dean Pomerleau Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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