X-Message-Number: 2845
From:  (Thomas Donaldson)
Subject: CRYONICS Re: More on Cryonics for Profit
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 1994 05:45:58 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Ben!

One reason you may not have gotten many replies is that a lot of people 
agreed with you. It is CERTAINLY important to have cryonicists in the 
managerial, directive jobs AT LEAST. And even as gofers, given always that
they are competent gofers, it's helpful to salt the organization with cryonic-
ists.... who else would be motivated to report that something was going wrong.

However, to some degree, this question does seem just a little academic. Even
those cryonicists who are paid in Alcor receive much less than they might in
some other job. There isn't tons of money to be made in cryonics, at least
not now (and whether or not it turns out to work, I suspect we'll have to 
live with that situation -- or be suspended with it -- for a LONG LONG time).
And of course, even Biopreservation must face the situation of cryonics 
long term: I'm glad for Mike and his coworkers that they get enough business
to keep their heads above water. If anyone, Russian or not, asked me whether
or not there was lots of money to be made in cryonics, I would feel bound
to say NO.

In particular, I remember the founding of Trans Time (in which I still hold
shares). They thought that great profits would be made --- starting about now.
1994. They were very enthusiastic. And it's not that TT has gone bankrupt, but
look at the situation now. I wish Mike and Biopreservation all good luck and
proper returns: but for a long time cryonics simply could not have survived
if profit were the only motive.

		Best and long long life,

			Thomas ()

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