X-Message-Number: 13146
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 06:52:18 -0800
From: James Swayze <>
Subject: Cryonics and aborted fetuses
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All issues of acceptance aside for a moment, I had the following thoughts about
preserving fetuses. For those of us that don't believe in the "vitalism" of the
soul, that the "soul" is materially manifested in the neuronal connectivity of
the brain, why would cryonics be necessary to preserve a fetus? Since a fetus

hasn't gathered and stored enough information (and this I know would be debated)

to form unique "personality" (environmental portion thereof) forming memories, I
would argue that a clone of a fetus is no different than the fetus. Why would
cryonics be necessary to store sufficient DNA material necessary to clone the
unique genetic heritage a fetus represents?

James Swayze

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