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From: David Stodolsky <uunet!mcvax!diku!stodol>
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Subject: CRYONICS RE:perpetuities?
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Thomas Donaldson <> said:

"No insurance scheme is currently possible to deal with risks because of
   the law against perpetuities. I understand that Liechtenstein (or maybe
   Luxembourg) has a form of trust which can be used to defeat that law. If
   we are seriously concerned that is the first point to deal with."
I am not sure this is a problem.
If we assume that under the law suspended patients are defined as dead, 
one question is whether the dead have "rights". 
There is some support for this point of view (e. g., rules about donation of 
organs requiring consent).

Next, can an organization, for instance, a cryonics society have an insurable 
interest (hold a insurance policy) on a suspended person? If so then would 
this not circumvent the perpetuities law? 

The point of the exercise is to enlist the massive financial resources (and 
associated public confidence, government regulation, etc.) of a major 
insurance company. 

David S. Stodolsky, PhD      Routing: <@uunet.uu.net:>
Department of Psychology                  Internet: <>
Copenhagen Univ., Njalsg. 88                  Voice + 45 31 58 48 86
DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark                  Fax. + 45 31 54 32 11

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