X-Message-Number: 10498
From: "Scott Badger" <>
Subject: Re: CryoNet #10491 - #10496
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 13:25:18 -0500

On Tue, 29 Sep 1998 18:21:12 -0500 (CDT), George Smith wrote:

>There seems to be a general consensus that cryonics is "acceptable" to most
>religions.  Is it really?  Is it, in fact, just lucky to be ignored
>Or, as I have suggested, is it ripe for the picking by some already
>established relgious movement?
>What do you think?
>-George Smith

Question 41 of the Cryonics Survey I recently conducted reads:

I would feel more favorably toward the idea of cryonics if a human were

1 = strongly agree
2 = agree
3 = unsure
4 = disagree
5 = strongly disagree

513 respondents were categorized by religious affilitation:

Category                 Frequency           Mean

1 = agnostic                   94                     2.01
2 = atheist                      32                     1.90
3 = buddhist                   17                      2.53
4 = christian                 281                      2.69
5 = hindu                           8                      2.75
6 = jewish                       22                       2.59
7 = moslem                       5                      2.60
8 = taoist                         54                      2.37

Running a one-way ANOVA using a p value of .05, The F ratio
was found to be significant. The post hoc Tukey's HSD procedure
was used to identify which groups had significant mean differences.
Results indicated that agnostics (2.01) and atheists (1.90) had signifcantly
lower mean values than christians (2.69).  It appears that there probably
would have been significant differences between groups 1 and 2 and all
the rest of the groups fi the numbers had been larger.

To address George's question directly, it should be noted that all of the
values for all groups fall below 3.00 suggesting that overall a relatively
positive attitude towards cryonics may develop once a human being is
actually revived.  As a side note, I don't believe the responses to this
alone supports Saul Kent's hypothesis regarding the public perception that
cryonics lacks credibility.  Other questions in the survey would have to be
examined to properly address that particular position.

Best regards and long life,

Scott Badger

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