X-Message-Number: 4495
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 1995 22:23:58 -0400 (EDT)
From: Robin Helweg-Larsen <>
Subject: Re: Research funding

On Sat, 10 Jun -1, Charles Platt wrote:

> The unwillingness of cryonicists to fund serious research, or even think
> about serious research, is to me the biggest and most irritating paradox
> in this strange little backwater. 

I know Alcor is soliciting funds; and I know Saul Kent is putting a 
speculative research investment project together.  I would like to 
comment that for many people it may be psychologically advantageous to 
have at least a _pretense_ of investment rather than donation, even more 
so when, as in my case, family finances are shared and the rest of the 
family is moderately hostile to cryonics.

Maybe the chance of the investment paying off is on the level of winning the 
lottery, but then again, surely we all have an optimistic streak?

And, honestly, it is easier to make any kind of investment than a 
donation to a disputed cause in my case.

So I look forward to seeing Saul Kent's proposal, and I wonder if Alcor 
or CI considers something similar!

Always optimistically,

Robin HL

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