X-Message-Number: 11387
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 1999 02:38:12 -0700
From: Mike Perry <>
Subject: Changes on revival.

Thomas Donaldson, #11382, writes,

>While I would not advocate changing ANYONE so that they are glad to have
>been revived

If by "changing" you mean "changing so much they become a different person"
I agree. However, changes can be less substantial than this and be
beneficial to what we may consider the original person, not someone new. An
example woulid be the case of a very old man, 99, who was frozen in 1995 at
Alcor (I cite this case because I'm familiar with it). On reanimation day,
we should NOT simply restore this patient as a feeble, sick 99-year-old, but
must make him more vigorous. BUT, in so doing we will tend to "change him so
he is glad to have been revived" won't we? And we should! Similarly, I could
imagine someone with a severe mental disorder, for example, a suicide case I
remember from some years back. Possibly we'll find some brain chemical
deficiency that we could correct and substantially lessen the despondency
that led to the guy's fatally shooting himself. Assuming such a corrective
measure could be done without substantially changing this individual in
other ways, it would probably be for the best. Again, we'd be changing
someone so they'd be glad (or happier at any rate) to be revived, but so
much the better.

Mike Perry

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