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by jordansparks
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: how many OC members?
Replies: 4
Views: 78

Re: how many OC members?

I'm assuming you've already downgraded to neuro, if possible. I'm also assuming you're talking about a few years from now, when we are fully up and running. Nearby small towns don't seem like a good idea to me because that distance would add significant time to any response. But a 30 minute wait for...
by jordansparks
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: how many OC members?
Replies: 4
Views: 78

Re: how many OC members?

I don't know. Maybe seven. We discourage it unless you live in Salem. It's totally pointless to sign up for a service that is so far away that nobody can possibly get to you in time. This is also why I let my Alcor and CI memberships lapse years ago. You really need to live in the same city as your ...
by jordansparks
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: ASC vs. O.C. $1K aldehyde bath + molecular brain scan
Replies: 16
Views: 1471

Re: ASC vs. O.C. $1K aldehyde bath + molecular brain scan

No, high quality chemical fixation alone is not good enough. Damage over time is very significant due to molecular motion. There is no sharp deadline on how fast fixation must be followed by cryopreservation, but it's in the range of hours, not years.
by jordansparks
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Danielle Baker
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: Danielle Baker

Well, believing in something doesn't make it true. We know that preserving all molecular structure, including all synapses, axons, DNA, etc. would preserve memory. But it's just not plausible that the DNA alone is enough. I've thought about this exact issue for years. Tell you what, go try to convin...
by jordansparks
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Danielle Baker
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: Danielle Baker

In spite of my strong feelings of injustice in this case, I think it's also worth noting that Doug Bowling did not actually harm Danielle. Her chances of revival were already zero. I believe her body went undiscovered for about three days. There was nothing left of her mind by that point. It was irr...
by jordansparks
Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Danielle Baker
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Danielle Baker

Zoltan Istvan just contributed an article to Quartz: https://qz.com/1555363/cryogenics-is-facing-legal-trouble-with-body-preservation/ I'm quoted in it. While the quotes are technically accurate, I'm not sure the context is accurate. I think the best thing to do here is to just list out what I think...
by jordansparks
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Alcor CT Scanner
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Re: Alcor CT Scanner

Hmm. They don't seem to have it on their website yet. It was in an Alcor newsletter sent out to members by email, which someone then kindly forwarded to me. I'll post it here for now, and then replace the text with a link, once they have it up: by Max More The first major acquisition paid for by the...
by jordansparks
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Why not invite Ben Best?
Replies: 4
Views: 494

Re: Why not invite Ben Best?

Not really. I remember he posted at least one photo series on his FB page and described his visit in detail.
by jordansparks
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Why not invite Mike Darwin?
Replies: 4
Views: 898

Re: Why not invite Mike Darwin?

Maybe I was unclear. Mike has visited OC repeatedly over the years. I've learned a number of things through face-to-face communication that were important. Of course, our opinions differ about many things, but that's not a deal breaker. After a number of years, we sort of ran out of things to say to...
by jordansparks
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Why not invite Ben Best?
Replies: 4
Views: 494

Re: Why not invite Ben Best?

What are you talking about? Ben has been here many times over the years.
by jordansparks
Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Alcor CT Scanner
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Alcor CT Scanner

Alcor just announced that they purchased a CT scanner. It's about time. They chose a Vimago, which I think was an outstanding choice. Because it's sold to veterinarians instead of physicians, the cost is able to be lower. Surprisingly, the resolution is 10x that of other similar medical CT scanners,...
by jordansparks
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: ASC vs. O.C. $1K aldehyde bath + molecular brain scan
Replies: 16
Views: 1471

Re: ASC vs. O.C. $1K aldehyde bath + molecular brain scan

DetnPx, you are assuming that reversible suspended animation is a real possibility. I'm pretty sure it's not. I think the only way to reverse it is going to be to take the whole brain apart molecule by molecule until it's completely disassembled -- in other words, a destructive scan. I hardly think ...
by jordansparks
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: No Bay Area Office
Replies: 4
Views: 622

Re: No Bay Area Office

Mati_Roy, I think your projections are too optimistic. 13,000 patients in the next 40 years? Anyway, the number of patients or members doesn't really seem to correlate with quality of care. I would rather have my case be a sole good one rather than be one of 13,000 poor cases. DetnPx, I don't quite ...
by jordansparks
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Response to Aschwin's Future Development article
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Response to Aschwin's Future Development article

Aschwin de Wolf wrote an article that just came out in Long Life Magazine. The title is "Part 4: New Research and Future Development". He devoted the second half of the article to Aldehyde Stabilized Cryopreservation (ASC), which is the protocol that we employ at Oregon Cryonics. I think h...
by jordansparks
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: No Bay Area Office
Replies: 4
Views: 622

Re: No Bay Area Office

Also, that office was dependent on one or two very wealthy people coming along to fund it. This does happen, but I now realize that even those kinds of people are not willing to pay the true monthly costs. They tend to be willing to pay for immediate tangible equipment such as an ambulance or a dewa...
by jordansparks
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Forum down
Replies: 0
Views: 117

Forum down

Sorry the forum was down for a few weeks. We reconfigured our wiring and internal IP addresses. This server was the last computer that I got to, and then I didn't realize it still wasn't working for a few more days because our WAN address changed slightly. Anyway, that's a long way of saying we're s...
by jordansparks
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: No Bay Area Office
Replies: 4
Views: 622

No Bay Area Office

I have finally abandoned my vision of having a branch office in the Bay Area. I'm getting older (47), and there just simply isn't enough time. I guess the good news is that it will allow me to focus more on my work here in Salem. By not spreading myself too thin, I think I can to a better job here. ...
by jordansparks
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: ASC vs. O.C. $1K aldehyde bath + molecular brain scan
Replies: 16
Views: 1471

Re: ASC vs. O.C. $1K aldehyde bath + molecular brain scan

>who will pay Many possibilities: Children, grandchildren, spouses, friends, social safety net, researchers, entrepreneurs, historians. As technology improves, the cost also comes down, and at some point, the cost could become trivial. >get brain damage from ischemia after a few minutes No, this is ...
by jordansparks
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Why not invite Mike Darwin?
Replies: 4
Views: 898

Re: Why not invite Mike Darwin?

I'm sure he knows about this forum. His posts are entertaining, but I also enjoy my peace and quiet.
by jordansparks
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Singularity
Replies: 2
Views: 1206

Re: Singularity

Great article was just posted: https://singularityhub.com/2018/07/15/why-most-of-us-fail-to-grasp-coming-exponential-gains-in-ai/#sm.000pvny4r11rndymr3h2ccjdmr2py Summary: An exponential curve has exactly the same shape along the entirety. It always looks like it's going vertical in the future and a...
by jordansparks
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Suggestion/Hospitals/Cryonics Patients in their new own facilities/hospitals in their future
Replies: 6
Views: 2378

Re: Suggestion/Hospitals/Cryonics Patients in their new own facilities/hospitals in their future

That page is terrible -- one of the worst pages I've ever read anywhere on any topic.
by jordansparks
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: transportation?
Replies: 3
Views: 431

Re: transportation?

You need to live in Salem if you want our services. Transportation is handled by our local vehicles. We largely ignore remote transport issues because that approach would only result in poor quality preservation, so it's about as good as not even bothering to preserve at all. Remote standby and tran...
by jordansparks
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: ASC vs. O.C. $1K aldehyde bath + molecular brain scan
Replies: 16
Views: 1471

Re: ASC vs. O.C. $1K aldehyde bath

If we have nanorobots in 50 years, they might be in the bloodstream. That's somewhat reasonable. But they wouldn't be small enough to leave the bloodstream. That's really complicated and would take another 50 years. If those robots are just operating by feel, then they would not be able to "see...
by jordansparks
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: ASC vs. O.C. $1K aldehyde bath + molecular brain scan
Replies: 16
Views: 1471

Re: ASC vs. O.C. $1K aldehyde bath

When I say "scan" I mean slicing up the brain into millions of physical slices. Yes, chopping up the brain. I've been trained in radiology. I don't think a non-destructive scan like you envision would ever be possible. The thicker the sample, the blurrier the image. There are limits to phy...
by jordansparks
Tue May 29, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: ASC vs. O.C. $1K aldehyde bath + molecular brain scan
Replies: 16
Views: 1471

Re: ASC vs. O.C. $1K aldehyde bath

I think molecular-level is overkill, but I'm guessing around 130 years from now, or 2150. While it wouldn't violate any laws of physics, there are a LOT of intermediate engineering stages that I can envision, each taking a number of years to develop. Since the scan would be destructive, I don't thin...
by jordansparks
Fri May 25, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: ASC vs. O.C. $1K aldehyde bath + molecular brain scan
Replies: 16
Views: 1471

Re: ASC vs. O.C. $1K aldehyde bath

Here it is in layman's terms: ASC is pumping aldehyde through the arteries so that it reaches every single cell. This is done immediately, before the cells have time to degrade. The $1K aldehyde bath is when aldehyde is applied from the outside of the brain rather than through the arteries. In this ...
by jordansparks
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: The Death of Death in Cryonics
Replies: 2
Views: 828

Re: The Death of Death in Cryonics

In fact, I'm not sure the paper ever got it right, even in the context of society 30 years ago. A large portion of the paper is devoted to the strategy of changing the definition of the word "death". But I think it's self-evident that introducing our own jargon would be futile. Not only wo...
by jordansparks
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: The Death of Death in Cryonics
Replies: 2
Views: 828

The Death of Death in Cryonics

Brian Wowk wrote a well-known article in 1988 called The Death of Death in Cryonics. http://alcor.org/Library/html/deathofdeath.html It's been 30 years, and I have gradually come to disagree with the conclusions. Cryonics is, by all accepted definitions of death, the freezing of dead people. We are ...
by jordansparks
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Higher concentration of cryoprotectant
Replies: 6
Views: 1121

Re: Higher concentration of cryoprotectant

It was pointed out that I should have expressed everything as w/v instead of v/v. Yes, of course. So I just went back and revised the website to reflect w/v. And our chosen percentage is now 82% w/v. There might also be room for further improvement. For example, a higher percentage of DMSO and a low...

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