X-Message-Number: 3719
Subject: Re #3711
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 1995 18:44:50 -0800 (PST)

Re Mike Darwin's reply to Ettinger (#3711): 

For the most part, I found Mike's argument to be hollow. For all his
examples, I could just as well provide examples to the contrary, but 
unlike Mike I have more respect for the privacy of frozen patients.
Even if we just use their numbers, once they are revived, it should be up 
to *them* to decide whether or not they want to have their personal 
problems and family histories aired in public. (Btw, an important 
coping strategy is to assume that patients will *indeed* be revived!)
I think that Ettinger's best point was that it is the rest of the
world that's nuts, not us.

It's likely that some Alcor patients may have in fact documented their 
mental illness in their paperwork, but I don't see that as a valid excuse 
to use them in a particularly unproductive debating strategy. For that 
matter, using the tragic deaths of two cryonics patients to bolster your 
own reputation is also poor form. 

Ever forward,


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