X-Message-Number: 13092
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: about near and far term reasons for cryonics
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 100 23:23:06 +1100 (EST)

Hi everyone!

For Tom Mazenec, here is the sitution. Even if we work out how to
reversibly suspend our brains, such suspensions would still be far from
the standard wanted for astronauts --- or for that matter, for someone
who wants to live in the future for a lark, rather than because it is
his only way to escape dying. Someday that may be possible, but dont
hold your breath, and especially dont use such an argument to convince
anyone of the merits of suspension.

Not only that, but if the "less problematic" part of cryonics comes about
(as it will someday, though no one can predict exactly when) there will
be no special need for suspension for anyone who simply wants to see the
future. He or she need merely live the hundreds of years required, and
there they will be. (The other side of cryonics is the abolition of 
old age, and death from old age, unless you havent noticed).

			Best and long long life to all,

				Thomas Donaldson

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