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Brain support vs. life support

October 30 2009 at 7:50 PM
Luke Parrish  (Login lsparrish)
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Response to New business opportunity in extreme life support technology

 

The trouble is you could keep your body alive and kill your brain that way. Until we defeat the causes of neurodegeneration (alzheimer's, stroke, brain cancer, etc.) you are probably better off frozen than on life support in a vegetative state.

The good thing about staying on life support is that it might give you access to more advanced cryopreservation technology. The longer you last, presumably, the better it gets. Maybe you could benefit from an extra decade's technology that way.

The bad thing about it is that your brain might rot, and previously recoverable information might over time become unrecoverable. Think of a chalkboard that has just been erased -- you can still see the information, in the form of faint chalk outlines. But over time and use it will become less legible and finally disappears entirely.

If you shatter the chalkboard into a million pieces right after it has been erased, you could probably still get the information back if you carefully glued it back together and look closely at the chalk marks. But the longer you leave the chalkboard in use before that, the less of a chance there will be.

 
    
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