X-Message-Number: 10456
Subject: Re: signups, research, sales, etc.
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 11:44:29 -0400
From: "Perry E. Metzger" <>

> From: Charles Platt <>
> Why then am I a bit negative on the subject? Because if we had been
> selling any other imaginable service--which could be demonstrated and
> proven--the amount of publicity should have resulted in perhaps 1000 to
> 3000 signups. Right now, the amount of money or time that has to be
> expended, compared with the number of recruits, is disappointing--for
> reasons already listed in my previous post. 

I suppose the reason I have some skepticism about the current approach 
(push research very hard, do no marketing) is that I am not sure I
believe the research will be fruitful quickly enough and at a low
enough price. 

The people who are paying for the research are, for the most part,
cryonicists. The pool of funds available from cryonicists for research
is small -- right now, were it not for a couple of wealthy
cryonicists, research would be dead. I am not sure this pool has
enough resources to actually make reversable long term suspended
animation a reality, which is what I think would be needed to truly
stifle skepticism.

Given this, the only way to get enough money for research may require
a larger pool of cryonicists, which may require doing far more about
sales even though we cannot currently sell the full product.


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