X-Message-Number: 11346
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 17:14:32 +0100
From:  (John de Rivaz)
Subject: Re: Cryonet Does Serve a Useful Purpose

In article: <> Charles Platt 
<> writes:
> Message #11337
> Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 11:03:29 -0500 (EST)
> From: Charles Platt <>
> Subject: Unsubscribing
> At this point I am unsubscribing from CryoNet since it serves no useful 
> purpose whatsoever.
> I consider it one of the greatest ironies, and the most telling 
> indictments of human attitudes toward mortality, that a group of people 
> who are supposedly more concerned with staying alive than 99.999 percent 
> of the population should spend their time in this way--in a forum that 
> is supposedly dedicated to cryonics.

Many people take refuge in "The Physics of Immortality" and similar works as 
an alternative to religion, instead of considering cryonics. People in 
cryonics may even decide it is more economic to leave it and take refuge in 
these ideas.

It is for this reason that I consider it appropriate to debate them here. 
Such debate shows that it would be foolish to leave cryonics in a vain hope 
that quantum mechanics may save them.

Few people in cryonics have the education or the right kinds of minds or 
personalities to take part in the actual day to day work. Virtually 
everyone who has passed through the rigours of medical or biomedical 
training has had something done to their minds that prevents them 
considering cryonics. Or maybe the possibility of a mind encompassing 
cryonics and having the ability to mashall facts in the way required by 
these sciences is extremely rare. The linking of the ability to deal with 
hostile professionals with someone who accepts cryonics may also be rare. 
The exceptions to these rules make up the operating personnel of the 
cryonics movement.

However the people who don't make up the operating personel of the cryonics 
movement want to discuss things with like minds. Cryonet is surely the place 
to do it. In addition, debates can be carried over into other appropriate 
lists and newsgroups with the possibility of recruiting people to cryonics.

Sincerely, John de Rivaz
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