Nectome: archiving your mind

What is the Connectome?

The connectome contains information about how your brain is “wired together”: all of your neurons and the synaptic connections between them. Prof. Sebastian Seung’s TED talk, “I am my connectome”, is a great starting point if you’re new to the concept.

Sebastian Seung is mapping a massively ambitious new model of the brain that focuses on the connections between each neuron. He calls it our “connectome,” and it’s as individual as our genome — and understanding it could open a new way to understand our brains and our minds.


Brain Preservation Foundation

The central objective of the Brain Preservation Foundation is to promote scientific research and services development in the field of whole brain preservation for long-term static storage. Through outreach to appropriate scientific communities, online activities, presentations and articles, directed research grants, challenge prizes, and other methods, we seek to explore the scientific hypothesis of whether a reliable surgical procedure exists that is capable of preserving the neural circuitry of the human brain at nanometer scale.

 

This video gives a brief introduction to the concept of using Aldehyde-Stabilized Cryopreservation (ASC) as a last resort medical intervention for terminal patients. ASC requires vascular perfusion of a deadly chemical fixative, so of course its application would immediately terminate the patient’s biological functioning. But it does so in a way that simultaneously preserves the nano-scale structure of the brain. This allows the patient’s brain to be stored, without decay, indefinitely. A terminal patient that chooses ASC is electing to pause their current life in the hope that decades or centuries from now technology will have advanced sufficiently to revive them in a healthy form –most likely through some type of brain scanning and mind uploading. In this video neuroscientist and Brain Preservation Foundation president Kenneth Hayworth argues that ASC should be developed into a reliable medical procedure and offered as a choice to terminal patients. But it is important to stress that ASC, in its current state of development, is NOT ready for application to humans. So far it has only been demonstrated on animals under ideal laboratory conditions. This video is designed as a general introduction to the concept, and is designed to spark debate in the medical and scientific communities regarding its potential. For additional information:

www.BrainPreservation.org

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