X-Message-Number: 10773
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 18:47:31 -0500
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: correction to lifespan figures


Just today Hugh Hixon pointed out that he has done a corrected calculation
of "lifespans" in the event that we did away completely with aging. He
got a half-life (remember that without aging we would not have a lifespan
as such, but would still die at a certain fixed rate per thousand) of
about 1700 years.

While this does not affect the main point I was making, no one would 
willingly abandon another 800 years of life. And those who die sooner
will not be at all happy with that death: hence a need for cryonics will
exist for indefinitely long after we find a way to deal completely with
aging. Sure, it might be LESS, but then our desire for a longer life
will also be GREATER, and it's most likely that these two will cancel
one another out.

			Best and long long life to all,

				Thomas Donaldson 

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