X-Message-Number: 12332
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: to George Smith again: on partial vrs absolute knowledge
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 1999 22:09:18 +1000 (EST)

To George Smith again:

Yes, on philosophical grounds we never really know. 

However, if we look at what is likely rather than insist on KNOWLEDGE then
I'll bet my statements against their contradictions. I myself have
spent lots of time (years) keeping up with the scientific literature as
it bears on cryonics, and that's why I have the opinion of 21st Century
Medicine that I do. I did not just flip a coin.

I'm happy to go into much more detail about WHY I believe these things,
given that all such beliefs are temporary and await confirmation. But
I very definitely do NOT think that we can now say nothing at all about
the damage due to current methods or near-future methods which look like
they will cause much less damage. Sure, if we insist on absolute
knowledge, I don't have absolute knowledge, but neither does anyone else.

			Best and long long life,

				Thomas Donaldson

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