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by jordansparks
Sun May 21, 2023 7:20 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: New group on Spain for SST.
Replies: 1
Views: 40

Re: New group on Spain for SST.

How exciting for you! I hope you are able to keep it going.
by jordansparks
Sun Apr 16, 2023 7:38 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Why not program a web app for signup?
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Why not to programing a sign web app?

We already did a rough version of an app that let members apply. They entered info in all the fields and it was stored in our server. It also tracked membership status, payment status, life insurance status, etc. It took a lot of time. And then it was hard to maintain. The server is still sitting th...
by jordansparks
Mon Mar 27, 2023 4:50 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Life Extension as Backup Plan
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Life Extension as Backup Plan

On a given subject occasionally most 'scientists' can be wrong most of the time Absolutely not. The scientists are always more right than anyone else could ever be. That's the whole point of the scientific revolution. This is not even up for debate. You used the example of self experimentation on a...
by jordansparks
Mon Mar 27, 2023 2:54 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Life Extension as Backup Plan
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Life Extension as Backup Plan

Wow, that's an extreme diet. It seems to lack any controlled studies. Shouldn't we instead follow diets that science has shown to be beneficial? There is strong scientific consensus that a carnivore diet is a bad idea. I don't understand how you can ignore that. It has nothing to do with common wisd...
by jordansparks
Sat Mar 25, 2023 1:29 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Life Extension as Backup Plan
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Life Extension as Backup Plan

Most cryonicists I talk to describe cryonics as their backup plan in case life extension doesn't work out. I've alway treated it the other way around, with life extension as my secondary goal. The reason for this is that I've never thought that life extension could happen in my lifetime. Nevertheles...
by jordansparks
Sat Mar 25, 2023 5:14 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Alcor CT Scanner
Replies: 5
Views: 4648

Re: Alcor CT Scanner

I should have known that a 10x resolution improvement was too good to be true. I wasn't skeptical enough.
by jordansparks
Thu Mar 16, 2023 7:20 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Alcor CT Scanner
Replies: 5
Views: 4648

Re: Alcor CT Scanner

I heard that Alcor gave up on trying to use this model of CT scanner. The quality of the machine and software were just too low to have any usefulness at all. Thank goodness we didn't buy one of those yet. We almost did. I guess we'll stick with medical grade CT scanners. It's frustrating that they ...
by jordansparks
Wed Mar 15, 2023 4:21 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Vice Motherboard and Dr. Toner
Replies: 0
Views: 242

Vice Motherboard and Dr. Toner

About six years ago, Vice Motherboard did a 23 minute documentary that heavily featured Oregon Cryonics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5KuNAeOtJ0 I've never posted a reply about it, but it's been bugging me lately. Dr. Mehmet Toner was also prominently featured. He seems like a nice reasonable gu...
by jordansparks
Sat Jan 28, 2023 11:00 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: The Death of Death in Cryonics
Replies: 4
Views: 5678

Re: The Death of Death in Cryonics

I disagree with a number of ideas in that recent article. First of all, in non-ideal cases you're not necessarily forced to accept ice crystals. In fact, you can always avoid a straight freeze. The protocol is to submerge in glutaraldehyde and ramp up the cryoprotectant over weeks/months. We do this...
by jordansparks
Thu Aug 04, 2022 11:39 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Timeline for Oregon Cryonics
Replies: 1
Views: 2062

Re: Timeline for Oregon Cryonics

The building has been complete for a number of months. We have already started a remodel to add more lab space on the second floor. I've been working hard since day one to make the organization outlast me. I will be a patient, so that's critical. But if I don't get preserved well, then none of that ...
by jordansparks
Sun Jun 12, 2022 10:43 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Submerge in resin
Replies: 0
Views: 2148

Submerge in resin

I got an email from someone suggesting that we fix a brain with aldehyde and then submerge it in resin. It was suggested that this would be more stable and cheap than storage in liquid. Here was my response: Hmm. That ideas has been floated around before, but I don't see much advantage over just kee...
by jordansparks
Tue Mar 29, 2022 10:57 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Oregon ends residency requirement for assisted suicide
Replies: 2
Views: 2919

Re: Oregon ends residency requirement for assisted suicide

Vaguely, yeah. That's fantastic! I did not see that coming. Next, they need to remove the requirement to have less than 6 months to live. Alzheimer's comes to mind as an example of a disease that doesn't fall under the 6 month limit. It will happen, but it's really unpredictable how long it will tak...
by jordansparks
Wed Mar 09, 2022 8:08 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Surviving World War III
Replies: 12
Views: 6474

Re: Surviving World War III

I think you misunderstand the purpose of a drought map. That shows changes compared to normal. But if you instead look at a rainfall map, you will see that Salem gets at least 10 times as much rain as Phoenix, and the surrounding hills get at least 20 times as much. I say "at least" becaus...
by jordansparks
Wed Mar 09, 2022 12:17 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Could Ötzi the Ice Man ever be revived?
Replies: 1
Views: 2109

Re: Could Ötzi the Ice Man ever be revived?

Damage occurs first at the very smallest scales. Molecules break, membranes tear, proteins denature, etc. At this point, the tissue still looks great under light microscopy. Then, some cells start to completely fragment, with the little fragments getting stirred. I really don't see how you could eve...
by jordansparks
Mon Mar 07, 2022 11:06 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: I live in Vancouver
Replies: 2
Views: 2499

Re: I live in Vancouver

This post seemed so legit except for the porn link at the bottom which I deleted. Although the poster was deleted, the name of the poster remains and they were obviously a spammer. This seems legit because it's a copy of a post from 2015. If this had been a real post, then I would have replied that ...
by jordansparks
Sat Mar 05, 2022 4:33 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Surviving World War III
Replies: 12
Views: 6474

Re: Surviving World War III

Head transplants are coming, so I think we'll be fine by comparison.
by jordansparks
Sat Mar 05, 2022 8:16 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Surviving World War III
Replies: 12
Views: 6474

Re: Surviving World War III

Many brains in jars have only been preserved with formaldehyde rather than glutaraldehyde. I don't think this distinction has been discussed very much. I've been noticing a significant difference in brains that get thoroughly preserved with glutaraldehyde. They shrink a little bit. They get tough an...
by jordansparks
Fri Mar 04, 2022 7:11 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Surviving World War III
Replies: 12
Views: 6474

Re: Surviving World War III

An underground facility is probably overkill for cryonics patients. There were many reinforced concrete multistory buildings that survived the nuclear bombs of WWII just fine, even though they were very close to ground zero. The people inside were killed because of the hot air that came in through t...
by jordansparks
Fri Mar 04, 2022 7:04 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Surviving World War III
Replies: 12
Views: 6474

Re: Surviving World War III

>Do you take cash?
I'm not sure what you are asking. Everyone takes cash.
by jordansparks
Thu Mar 03, 2022 10:44 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Surviving World War III
Replies: 12
Views: 6474

Re: Surviving World War III

There are existing brains in jars that have been intact for well over 100 years, I believe. It's not ideal, but it might preserve some memories. I was thinking more like a few weeks or months. It's a topic for research.
by jordansparks
Wed Mar 02, 2022 8:33 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Surviving World War III
Replies: 12
Views: 6474

Surviving World War III

There's a real chance that Russia could take us down the path to WWIII. The issue I will address here is survivability, especially of cryonics patients. First of all, most people would initially survive in even the worst case scenario of a full nuclear exchange. Just google images for US nuclear tar...
by jordansparks
Wed Feb 16, 2022 1:28 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Questions from a newb/potential patient
Replies: 8
Views: 5265

Re: Questions from a newb/potential patient

We're tectonically inert except for every 400 years, there's a massive earthquake 50 miles off the coast that causes a tsunami with 100 ft waves. There's a 37% risk of this in the next 50 years, and if it happened today, approximately 20,000 people would die from the tsunami. Even though this is a l...
by jordansparks
Sun Feb 13, 2022 7:31 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Questions from a newb/potential patient
Replies: 8
Views: 5265

Re: Questions from a newb/potential patient

Yes, I've been thinking about concrete vaults lately as one of the next obvious improvements. A concrete vault would have stopped the theft in Russia. The building that we just finished had originally been planned as just an underground concrete vault. For many complex reasons, it was easier to buil...
by jordansparks
Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:08 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Questions from a newb/potential patient
Replies: 8
Views: 5265

Re: Questions from a newb/potential patient

Well, it took you about 20 years to build those semantic memories. Just because we get uploaded doesn't mean they are obsolete. Most aspects of our civilization would transfer just fine to a virtual environment. There should still be plenty of social interaction. The physical world will still exist ...
by jordansparks
Sun Feb 13, 2022 8:15 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Questions from a newb/potential patient
Replies: 8
Views: 5265

Re: Questions from a newb/potential patient

Welcome. 1. There is a kind of memory called "semantic" memory. These are the facts of how the world works and how you choose to interact with the world. You might not need all your other memories, but you'll need those semantic memories to know how to talk, what a bird is, etc. Without yo...
by jordansparks
Tue Jan 11, 2022 7:50 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Fees Lowered
Replies: 7
Views: 5726

Re: Fees Lowered

I took another look at the Pet page, and revised the fees to differentiate between those that need perfusion and those that do not.
by jordansparks
Fri Jan 07, 2022 10:25 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Fees Lowered
Replies: 7
Views: 5726

Re: Fees Lowered

That is true. I think that if we get a brain, in pretty much all cases, we will need to immerse in cryoprotectant stages for a few months. So I don't see any point in trying to break down that fee into sub-fees. It's hard to compare our costs with CI's, but I'm certainly not suggesting that CI try t...
by jordansparks
Tue Jan 04, 2022 4:55 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Building shell is complete
Replies: 9
Views: 15496

Re: Building shell is complete

I was thinking of doing a video walkthrough before we start to add clutter.