X-Message-Number: 32142
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2009 07:39:57 -0800 (PST)
From: Luke Parrish <>
Subject: Re: Cryonics and organ transplants

I'd just like to point out (from an idealist's standpoint) that if cryonics had 
become the world standard (or even just the civilized world's standard) back 
when it first came out, for preserving the clinically dead, these problems would
long since have been solved and *nobody* would be suffering from a lack of 
organ donation.

So again, it is selfish of people not to sign up for and/or support cryonics. If
the bulk of the population supported cryonics, donated organ availability would
skyrocket because it would be economically justifiable to overcome these 
hurdles. The incredibly small size of the current cryonics "industry" is the 
root of the problem.

From a realist's standpoint, cryonics won't be a source of organ donation for 
many years, and cloned organs will most likely be available before that happens.
The exception would be if cryonics suddenly catches on very popularly, in which
case I expect it to be regularly performed directly in hospitals by specialists
in vascular medicine.

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