X-Message-Number: 14870
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2000 10:10:51 EST
Subject: "guarantees"

D. den Otter (#14863) writes, in part:

>Right now, Europeans still appear to be welcome at CI,
>and I certainly appreciate that, but what guarantee do
>we have that we won't be kicked out again in a couple
>of years?

"Again"? CI has never kicked anyone out, nor shut anyone out either. Your 
"guarantee" is based on the fact that--uniquely among cryonics 
organizations--we have NEVER increased prices or made any other new demands 
on members or for membership, or changed the rules ex post facto. Not just 
promises, but demonstrated performance. What you see is what you get. We have 
continuously and consistently offered more, not less.

Of course, if BioTransport ever becomes operational, and if a CI member wants 
initial procedures done by BT, either through separate contracts or through 
an agreement between CI and BT, then costs will certainly be higher, but 
probably still much less than with other organizations. Likewise, if CI 
should one day license technology from 21CM, and the member chooses that, 
that would involve higher costs.

But I also want to remind readers that CI itself has a research program, 
which is even now producing new information, and which we expect next year to 
accelerate. It should by no means be assumed that 21CM or BT or anyone else 
will have better procedures. (And for comparison of currently available 
procedures, please see our web site.)

Robert Ettinger
Cryonics Institute
Immortalist Society

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