[>Htech] theloom: memories stored by prions?

jbone at place.org jbone at place.org
Mon Jan 5 21:40:17 PST 2004

Quick $0.02,

I would personally be thrilled if prions played a role in memory 
encoding:  it appears to me that it would substantially increase the 
likelihood of success for cryonic suspension.  (If Penrose is right and 
consciousness is grounded in quantum gravity phenomena, things look 
bleak to me;  if memory is purely electrochemical gradients, then 
better odds --- and the more "chemical" the better.  But structural 
encoding, now that's the ticket.)

Odd thoughts:  prion transfer as the basis for various kinds of 
"learning," predisposition, archetypes, etc?  Elements of cognition as 
infectious agents, epidemiology of Jung's "collective subconcious," 
attitude-forming and reinforcement in subcultures, etc?

Sounds like PKD to me.  But then, he's been so right on so many 
things... :-/



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