X-Message-Number: 28644
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 09:08:41 -0500
From: "Jonathan Hinek" <>
Subject: Cryo Forum blurbs

We've had some interesting discussion topics in The Cold Filter over
the last few days. Here are some short excerpts...

Charles Platt has been describing what he sees as serious problems
with the way cryonics organizations traditionally handle funding

"Since we cannot predict future costs of cryonics with any accuracy,
we should not attempt to do so. Yet the current funding mode of choice
(life insurance) makes precisely this kind of implicit prediction.
Although no cryonics organization guarantees that the face value of
your life insurance today will be sufficient to pay for your
cryopreservation 30 years from now, the mere fact that organizations
establish a minimum acceptable face value for life insurance may give
people the impression that somehow, it will be sufficient."

[read the rest of it at: http://tinyurl.com/yca7uk ]

Mark Plus wonders if cryo leaders are beginning to deemphasize the
importance of nanotechnology:

SA's conference literature interests me because it shows that cryonics
organizations have quietly started to dissociate their presentations
from speculative discussions of Nanotechnology as our Lord and Savior.
I gather that "real" nanotech looks less likely to head in the
direction forecast and propagandized by Drexler...

[see more at: http://tinyurl.com/y825bl ]

There have also been other miscellaneous threads, including a
retrospective on one of the wackier characters in the online
cryo-community and a short tangent about my personal situation. Some
topics are more trivial than others, with a little gossip and (in my
opinion) a lot of paranoid speculation. So let the reader beware.

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