X-Message-Number: 26050
From: "David Pizer" <>
Subject: what really counts?
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 10:53:01 -0700

marta sandberg said: 

"Cryonics raises some tricky legal problems.
In fact, signing a cryonics contract is in many ways equivalent to entering 
into a marriage contract (in terms of implications and importance)   but 
there is no laws that regulates it."

This is interesting because it made me remember that when the Riverside 
Authorties tried to make cryonics illegal (in Alcor's battele with them over 
Dora Kent's head in 1988), their position was that since there were NO laws were
on the books about cryonics it must be an unlawful activity.


Actualy, I think the important question to ask is not so much about contracts 
but how the people running the company are chosen.  

There are at least 3 ways that might happen.

1.   A for profit company where the stock holders (who want to protect their 
financial investments) choose the board of directors.  (We don't have that 
choice right now).

2.   A company like CI where the members elect the directors (I think this is 
how it is done, I am quoting from old memory).

3.  A company like Alcor where the board re-elects itself.   (The Catholic 
Church is doing something similar to this right now).

Many critical decisions will have to be made in the future.  What type of board 
of directors is in place at that time and who is on it will be very important to
a helpless patient's chances of getting reanimated.  

There are trade-offs on each one of these possible choices.  What method of 
aquiring the future managers do YOU think will lead to YOUR best chances?


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