X-Message-Number: 25507
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 09:52:58 EST
Subject: dinosaur syndrome

Dr. Ron Havelock raised the question of the effect of life extension  
prospects on motivation for cryonics.
1. There will be some negative effect, as we have seen in various reports  of 
individuals. Quite a few younger people feel that putting all their faith in  
life extension is easier and cheaper than getting involved in cryonics.
2. There will also, however, be a "dinosaur" effect. As radical life  

extension becomes more credible, the old "cycle of life" psychology loses its  
Many people are willing to be part of the cycle of generations, but some  of 
those will be less willing to be the last dinosaurs, dying off while their  
successors live on. This means that, at some point, there will be a further  

acceleration of suspensions of old people--and also of "premature" death  cases.
Robert Ettinger

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