UPDATE – VIDEO recording of the meeting | The next Turing Church meeting in Second Life on Sunday, February 14, will feature a discussion of the recent Brain Preservation Foundation announcement: the Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize has officially been won. The spectacular result achieved by 21st Century Medicine researchers provides the first demonstration that near-perfect, long-term structural preservation of an intact mammalian brain is achievable.
The meeting will take place on Sunday, February 14, at 8:30am Pacific time (11:30am Eastern time, 5:30pm European time, 4:30pm GMT). Please check the time if you are in another timezone.
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Please take a look at the reading list at the end of the post, and prepare interesting questions and comments.
Preserving the “connectome,” the delicate pattern of neural connections that encodes a person’s memory and identity, could someday in the future permit nanometer-scale scanning of a preserved brain for mind uploading. As I wrote shortly after the first announcement of the Brain Preservation Prize in 2010, brain preservation methods optimized for future nanoscale scanning and mind uploading – “cryonics for uploaders” – could be a good alternative to traditional cryonics for those who consider mind uploading as a viable form of identity preservation.
Picture above: Fred and Linda Chamberlain, cryonics pioneers, founders of Alcor. Fred had his brain placed into cryostasis at Alcor Life in 2012. Fred is wearing a shirt with “Mind uploading – the ultimate out of body experience!”
The meeting will be dedicated to the memory of cryonics activist Javier Ruiz, who left us a few hours ago. If you read Spanish, see this interview with some cryonicists including Javier published 2011 in the Spanish magazine lainformacion.com.
Brain Preservation Breakthrough Could Usher in a New Era in Cryonics, by George Dvorsky.
Persistence of Long-Term Memory in Vitrified and Revived Caenorhabditis elegans, by Natasha Vita-More and Daniel Barranco.
Cover image credit: lainformacion.com