I have some question regarding psychosurgery.
1. Using simulspace acceleration (or time contraction).
There is a private server listed in the gear section on p. 315. Its capable of running a simulspace environment and 50 egos. Is this enough to do psychosurgery at 60x speed? What other tricks might someone do with this?
2. Merging forks who have been treated with psychosurgery.
The process of merging also integrates any stress, traumas, and
ego traits acquired by the fork back into the original ego.
So stress, traumas, probably disorders, and ego traits (good and bad or just bad?) can be acquired through merging? What about merging with forks that underwent psychotherapy to reduce stress and the like? I'm wondering if a patient can go about living their life while a psychosurgen heals a fork of that patient.
On a the same note, can one under go Deep Learning or Skill Imprints, then merge the forks with the primary fork?
3. Using psychosurgery on yourself? No forks.
Can you perform psychosurgery on yourself? Not on a fork of yourself, but instead on the very same ego doing the procedure. Are there any complications you might run into? Probably not the best idea, but I want to know the results.
If nothing else, what about merging?
4. Do egos need to be active to receive psychosurgery?
This matters for procedures such as skill imprinting. After imprinting a skill, the skill starts degrading at a rate of -10 per day. If the affected ego must be running to receive this psychosurgery, then you're probably limited to having only 1 imprinted skill at any given time. If you try to imprint another skill, then the previous imprint skill might wear off by the time you are done.