X-Message-Number: 25024
From: "John de Rivaz" <>
Subject: Once again, Famous People
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004 12:02:31 -0000

The subject of "why not introduce famous people" has been raised again.
There has been a lot written on the subject, some of which I put in
Longevity Report

and more in that issue (scroll down after reading that article)

I would also urge anyone still unconvinced to go to the Longevity Report
contents page
and scroll down to issue 67 and then to subsequent issues -- there are lots
of articles here about these subjects.

The problem is that there are thousands of ideas around in the world that
are claimed by a small minority of proponents to solve big problems. Many of
them claim to solve the problem of the death of the individual. No one has
the time to evaluate every single one. Even though cryonics may be the only
one that will, in reality, work, the chances of anyone coming to it early
enough are remote. Famous people don't have the time, and their assistants
find it easier to say "no" to everything than evaluate them on behalf of
their employers. It may not be easy to prove a negative, but it is easy to
*be* negative without supplying such proof.

A similar argument applies to getting people to give away their money to a
particular cause such as cryonics. People who give away their money end up
having none. The chances of them finding your cause soon enough after their
"give away" mode starts are small.

As to Bill Gates, yes I am sure that he has heard about cryonics. It would
be highly unlikely that someone with his interests has not heard of it.
However he would also have jumped to the erroneous conclusions most people
reach when faced with the idea.

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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