X-Message-Number: 12135
From: "John de Rivaz" <>
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Subject: Re: a question
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999 16:09:35 +0100

> From: 
> Date: Tue, 13 Jul 1999 14:39:00 -0600
> Subject: a question
> Many people believe we have a "soul" and that when we die we move on to
> another plane of existence.  Whether it's called heaven, hell, or just
> dimension, most people believe we go "somewhere" better.
> So, how do we reconcile this with Cryonics?  Does everyone who signs up
> cryonic suspension not believe in an afterlife? Do you believe that this
> is all there is?

No one can be sure about an afterlife. The soul is surely the program and
data held within the brain - preserving the whole brain is the only method
currently available of preserving this, and by preserving the head or the
body in which the brain resides is better than hacking out the brain which
could damage it further. Also a loose brain is more likely to be damaged
than one inside a head.

If there is a afterlife produced by some benevolent being (god, alien or
demi-god) then such a being would have a technology that would seem to be
magic to us. it is highly unlikely that the mere act of cryopreservation
could thwart such a being.

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