X-Message-Number: 19416
Date: Sun, 7 Jul 2002 09:52:18 -0700 (PDT)
From: Scott Badger <>
Subject: Re: Ted Williams

Two sad aspects to the AP articles on the dispute over
the body of Ted Williams:

1. Cryonics is presented in the story as a means by
which unscrupulous individuals can sell DNA for profit
against the wishes of the deceased.
2. The estranged daughter is quoted as saying, "I told
him (Dad's) against cryogenics. It is very immoral. I
said I was against it and I would stand against it." 

I actually don't hear this objection very often, but
it may be more common than I suspect. I'm also not
sure whether the daughter's really referring to the
intentions of her half-brother or to the basic idea of
cryonics. Nevertheless, it doesn't help our cause to
have the words "immoral" and "cryogenics" linked
together in the press.

Also thanks to Thomas for echoing my sentiments that 1
out of 30 people is a huge market.

I often ask people I meet (usually after I get to know
them fairly well) the following question:

If, by some miracle, you were given the opportunity to
live as long as you liked in a young and healthy body,
but the catch was that you had to say in advance
exactly how many more years you'd have ... how many
extra years would you give yourself?

I most frequently get a response that falls well under
50 years. This mind set is still mysterious to me
since I can't recall a time in my life when I would've
responded in a similar fashion, but it's fairly
pervasive. Maybe it will change when real anti-aging
breakthroughs are available and the question is no
longer academic.

Best regards to all,

Scott Badger

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