Cryonics is not a discussion that's primarily about biology.

Well, the biological aspect is "where exactly in the body is 'me' located"?

For example, many people on LW seem to assume that the whole 'me' is in the head; so you can just freeze the head, and feed the rest to the worms. Maybe that's a wrong idea; maybe the 'me' is much more distributed in the body, and the head is merely a coordinating organ, plus a center of a few things that need to work really fast. Maybe if the future science will revive the head and connect it to some cloned/artificial average human body, we will see the original personality replaced by more or less an average personality; perhaps keeping the memories of the original, but unable to empathise with the hobbies or values of the original.

For example, many people on LW seem to assume that the whole 'me' is in the head; so you can just freeze the head, and feed the rest to the worms.

Whether you need to freeze the whole body or whether the head is enough is a meaningful debate, but it has little to do with why a lot of people oppose cryonics.

Open thread, Nov. 23 - Nov. 29, 2015

by MrMind 1 min read23rd Nov 2015258 comments

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