X-Message-Number: 22891
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 10:58:01 -0500
From: "Raphael T. Haftka" <>
Subject: You don't know that you will want to live forever.
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>I don't know that I want to live forever, and you don't either.

One of the cars in our department parking lot has the following bumper sticker:

Militant agnostic: I don't know whether there is a God, and you don't know 

I feel the same about living forever. I cannot fathom how you know that you will
want to live forever. The most that you can tell is that you don't like the 
idea of not having the choice in the near and intermediate future. I am pretty 
sure that I would not want to die in the next hundred years. I cannot tell if I 
won't get tired of living after, say, one billion years, or whether I  will have
some other good reason to prefer to cease to exist by then.

So when I talk about cryonics, I simply state what I am sure about, which is 
that I would like to live at least another hundred years.

Rafi Haftka


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