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Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2002 06:57:46 -0700 (PDT)
From: Driven FromThePack <>
Subject: Moronic San Diego anti-cryonics editorial

Excerpts from a moronic San Diego Union editorial
against cryonics:

On immortality

Cryonics is a crime against natural order

July 17, 2002 


Baseball legend Ted Williams' death has revealed to
the more gullible what they may take for a better way
to immortality: It's called cryonics and its advantage
is that it's not your mirror image that survives, as
in cloning, but really you.


People silly enough to seek physical immortality, if
that's not a contradiction in terms, have been cheered
by the hoopla around the slugger's new frozen home,
home at least for now as the family sorts things out.
More attention surely means more investment in
cryonics, which just may mean lead to an immortality

You just never know. Dr. Jerry Lemler, head of the
Alcor Life Extension Foundation, Williams' home for
now, reminds us that people once laughed at Leonardo
and his flying machines, and just look at us now.

Even if freezing us for a few hundred years (actually,
all you really need is the head, and it's half price)
might bring the DNA breakthrough that would allow
science to recreate the body to screw back onto the
head (and this time no flat feet, please), why would
anyone want to do such a stupid thing? Once around is
enough for most of us.

Whatever science may one day be capable of doing,
scientists can never avoid the question, what should
they be doing? Did we need the hydrogen bomb? Do we
want to replace real parents and families with
laboratory cyborgs? Do we want to live to be 100, or
200 or forever, and do away with children altogether?

Poor Ted Williams deserves better than this and may
still be rescued from confusion over his will and the
wishes of his son (who reportedly hopes to cash in on
his father's gifts by selling his DNA) by other family
members with better judgment and taste. 


Beyond that, however, is our conviction that cryonics
is one of the dumbest ideas we've ever come across.
Even if Williams' immortality were possible   which it
never will be because of the impossibility of
recreating the millions of cells that constituted the
"Splendid Splinter" in, say, 1941, the year he hit
.406   who could wish such a thing?

Such an idea is an offense against human nature,
against natural law, against the natural order of all
life which allows creatures to be born, mature and
die, making place for the next generation. It is a
natural order praised by sacred books and celebrated
in life, art, political theory and science itself.

"For everything there is a season, and a time for
every matter under heaven:/ a time to be born, and a
time to die;/ a time to plant, and a time to pluck up
what is planted."



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