X-Message-Number: 27774
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 18:34:31 -0800 (PST)
From: Doug Skrecky <>
Subject: pro-cryonics editorial from the UK Times online


"The Times March 24, 2006

A deadly piece of meddling
By Benet Brandreth

  RAYMOND MARTINOT and his wife have just had their 20-year
slumber in a cryogenic freezer brought to a fiery end.
Their son discovered that they had not been preserved at
the temperature needed for the planned resuscitation in
2050. Regretfully, he had to have them cremated.
What is shocking about this story is not that a French
couple were kept frozen in a basement by their son; nor
the couple's belief that by 2050 they would live again.
What is shocking is that the French Government was not
going to let them try.
  A State that interferes in this delicate and private area
exposes its cultural and religious bias - a dangerous thing
in the modern, multicultural world. A State that denies the
right to try cryogenic preservation stifles scientific
investigation. A State that insists on only limited options
for the dead inhibits creativity and invention. A State that
dictates how best the dead may lie assumes a worryingly
paternal position towards its citizens."

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