X-Message-Number: 23736
From: "John de Rivaz" <>
Subject: Frozen dead Guy Days
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 16:00:30 -0000

My position on this is unsure I would agree. For one thing it is really up
to Alcor people whether they go or not. The other is that there are clear
arguments on both sides as why it is a good or not a good idea.

One thing I do think is very important is to get the right information out
there, ie to educate people about the many misconceptions. A lot of
authoritarians are neither for or against cryonics but could take a stance
one way or the other based on false premises. Once they have taken a stance,
they feel that they would lose credibility as an authority figure if they
change their viewpoint because of new knowledge. This seems to be a general
fact in politics. When a politician changes his mind he is regarded not as
being a sensible person working to the facts, but a weak uncertain person
bowing to external pressures.

But I do take the point that a smear campaign could use as a picture an
Alcor stand next to some silly and flippant stand at any convention. I would
imagine that this is a risk with these events.

Sincerely, John de Rivaz:  http://John.deRivaz.com for websites including
Cryonics Europe, Longevity Report, The Venturists, Porthtowan, Alec Harley
Reeves - inventor, Arthur Bowker - potter, de Rivaz genealogy,  Nomad .. and

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