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From: "Peter C. McCluskey" <>
Subject: cryonics-relevant quotes from recent books
Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 09:19:13 -0700 (PDT)

From page 296 of Daniel Dennett's Freedom Evolves:
 "Suppose a competent but diseased adult asked you for assistance in
putting his living body into cryogenic suspension of life pending some
low-probability discovery of a cure for the disease somewhere down the
road. Wouldn't that be assisted suicide? Today, arguably, it is; tomorrow
it may be as obviously justifiable as assisting in the administration of
anesthesia to somebody about to undergo potentially life-saving surgery."

From page 44 of Rakesh Khurana's Searching for a Corporate Savior:
 "In Morals and Markets, Zelizer solves one of the great puzzles of
nineteenth-century economic history, the sudden popularity of life
insurance in the United States after decades of failure to convince
the public of its importance. ... Zelizer finds that public resistance to
life insurance was largely the result of a value system that condemned
putting a monetary value on human life. ... the major religious
organizations in the United States officially denounced life insurance
as a sacrilege, arguing that the very idea was incompatible with the
Christian values of charity and compassion."
Peter McCluskey          | "To announce that there must be no criticism of
http://www.rahul.net/pcm | the President, or that we are to stand by the
                         | President right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic
                         | and servile, but morally treasonable to the
                         | American public." - Theodore Roosevelt

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