X-Message-Number: 10010
Date: Tue, 07 Jul 1998 17:55:50 +0100
From:  (John de Rivaz)
Subject: Re: cryopreservation

It has been suggested that people will flock to sign up if revivals can be 

That misses the whole point - that it is freeze WAIT and reanimate. We can 
freeze now and in the future people may be able to reanimate. If we wait 
until reanimation is possible before freezing, then we lose those who could 
have been frozen earlier. The technology that can reanimate can also cure 
most of the things that kill us. The age of reanimations will also be an age 
where death is accidental or optional - and the accidents must be pretty 
severe to be successful of annihilating the individual concerned.


the choice is *not* between

be frozen now whilst in good health in the hope of future reanimation, or 
continuing to live now.
it is between

when you can not longer go on living by any other means, be frozen until 
such time (if ever) as you can be cured and reanimated. The only alternative 
is annihilation by burning or rotting.

I am sure that I and others are not getting this accross. People may hear 
what we say, but they behave as if we we mean "get frozen now and trade the 
rest of your life for a possible future life" and then start talking about 
risks and it might not work.

If you are frozen when you are incurable and at the point of death, you have 
absolutely nothing to lose.

Sincerely,     * Longevity Report:  http://www.longevb.demon.co.uk/lr.htm
John de Rivaz  * Fractal Report:    http://www.longevb.demon.co.uk/fr.htm
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