X-Message-Number: 15758
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 12:29:11 -0700
From: "Raphael T. Haftka" <>
Subject: Flames are damaging your chances of being revived

I support Henry Hirsh's call for peace in the Cryonics movement by calling 
to your attention an insidious damage of personal attacks.

Most people in the various companies have a personal stake in the goodness 
of the services they offer because they themselves plan to use these 
services. So they will be inclined to seek improvement whenever possible. 
However, the kind of bickering that we have seen here tends to create 
psychological barriers to each company adopting the best practices of the 

This does not mean that we should not exchange opinions on the merits of 
different alternative procedures. Just that we should not get into personal 
fights about it. Remember, when you foster animosity towards another 
person, you reduce the chance that you will be willing to learn in the 
future from that person if they come up with a useful improvement.

And you may pay for this with your life.

Raphael (Rafi) Haftka
Department of Aerospace Engineering, Mechanics and Engineering
University of Florida
  until 5/10/01 at
MS 1110
Sandia National Laboratory              Tel: 505-844-9576
PO Box 5800                             Fax: 505-845-7442
Albuquerque, NM 87185

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