Originally posted by twhitehead
I think you might want to consider experiments on animals that can be frozen. I believe certain species of frog for example survive freezing. How different are their brains, and do they forget everything?
The only problem with those kind of experiments is the brain size. It becomes a lot easier to freeze a mass of cells that can come back to life if the cell mass is small, like the brain of a mouse or frog. That would involve freezing so fast crystals don't form. There is so far no technique that can freeze humans fast enough so cell bursting crystals don't form.
It looks like to me if such experiments were done, it would at least tell you how much information could be saved in human brains but like you said, it's a waste of time rignt now because the brain cannot at this state of the art be frozen fast enough to avoid cell damage.
Maybe some technique could be developed to freeze the brain directly after death in such a way that no damage happens which theoretically could allow that brain to be installed in a new body later but of course you can forget that in THIS century for sure!
I think if something like that did happen, this sojourner into the future would likely be sorely disappointed at what he would be presented with after he wakes up say in a thousand years or such. I think he would be in for a rude awakening!