X-Message-Number: 31756
From: Mark Plus <>
Subject: Why hasn't cryonics become a status symbol?
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2009 18:52:42 -0700

I raised this question with some other cryonicists recently, but we didn't have 
any good answers.

The misconception persists that only very rich people can afford cryonics, 
despite all the evidence to the contrary (like the 1989 Subaru station wagon I 
drive); and that they have signed up for it in considerable numbers. Nicholas 
von Hoffman promotes this belief in an essay he published in The Nation magazine
a few years ago:

Freezing Their Assets


Normally, the kinds of things that only very rich people can afford tend to 
become status symbols, like mansions, yachts, private jets, or in an extreme 
case, a trip to the International Space Station care of the Russians.

If so many ordinary people believe that very rich people have flocked to 
cryonics, why hasn't cryonics become a status symbol like the other goods, 
services and experiences very rich people tend to buy and that many non-rich 
people wish they could have as well?

"Around 2010 the world will be at a new orbit in history. . .  Life expectancy 
will be indefinite. Disease and disability will nonexist. Death will be rare and
accidental -- but not permanent. We will continuously jettison our obsolescence
and grow younger." F.M. Esfandiary, "Up-Wing Priorities" (1981).

Mark Plus

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