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From: Kennita Watson <>
Subject: Re: Free thought association triggered by SR
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 06:47:50 -0700

On Mar 13, 2006, at 3:00 AM, CryoNet wrote:

> On an even more serious note, I have found that it is the though of  
> having
> to cope with all this change that is stopping a lot of people from  
> wanting
> the cryonics option.

I just spent an exhilarating weekend at the
Frozen Dead Guy Days, talking to hundreds of
people about cryonics.  One or two of them
mentioned being daunted by the prospect of
overwhelming change, but by far the objections
to cryonics that I heard the most often
involved views of the afterlife, to the effect
of either "I'm going to paradise" or "I'm
going to be reincarnated".  Rather than attack
these views, I pointed out (in words
appropriate to the particular conversation),
"Whatever happens in the afterlife will go on
forever, which is a *really* long time.  So
what's your hurry?  By the way, cryonics isn't
about what happens after you die, it's about
keeping you alive."

in general, I found the response to this tack
quite positive.  I was doing outreach, not
interventions, so I wasn't disappointed not
to have people exclaim "Wow -- you're right!
I've been deluded all these years!  Where do
I sign up?".  I got a lot of the response I
hoped for, which was "Good point.  I  had
never thought about that.", and I sent many
of them away with some literature or my card
(which points to the Cryonics Advocacy Group
Web site, http://cryonicsadvocacy.org).

Live long and prosper,
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
none but ourselves can free our minds.
           -- Bob Marley, "Redemption Song"

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