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From: "George Smith" <>
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Subject: Nonsense.  Reply to Wakfer.
Date: Sun, 4 Jul 1999 14:58:26 -0700

Paul Wakfer wrote, "To again contrast cryonics with the
life-extension/supplementrevolution, a similarly far-out idea (introduced to
the public at large much later than cryonics) caught on and grew much more
rapidly because it was scientifically (however tenuously) based, admitted
its lack of hard evidence, and called for more research to prove its

Pardon me, but this makes no sense.  It implies that somehow we can have
"hard evidence" of cryonics, an approach based entirely on the hope that the
revival of those frozen today will be made possible IN THE FUTURE.

Cryonics reminds me of SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life).

Both go on the hypothesis of trying to do something based on the POSSIBILITY
that it might prove do-able.

This demand that one must prove something BEFORE IT CAN HAPPEN makes no
sense at all.

This has nothing to do with science.

It also has little to do with the dictionary.

This does smack of propaganda, however.

Paul, before the earthquake (5.5 on the scale) hit here last Friday, I
couldn't prove there would ever be another earthquake in Washington.

I bought earthquake insurance nonetheless.

It turned out to be a good thing I did!

Cryonics is personal earthquake insurance.

Don't leave life without it.

George Smith
Cryonics Institute member

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