X-Message-Number: 8371
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 1997 10:29:38 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Henry R. Hirsch" <>
Subject: Probability of Successful Revival

Like Marty Nemko (Message #8369), I am a non-signer with a cryonics
organization and for some of the same reasons.  Like Marty, I am concerned
about the probability of remaining frozen for hundreds of years, the
probabiltiy of war or natural disaster, and the probability that my cryonics
provider will remain in business. Human institutions are fragile.  Very few
which exist today were here 100 years ago.

For these reasons, I believe that we immortalists should be seeking passive
suspension techniques, such as freeze-drying, rather than active methods
that require maintenance of the storage environment, such as cryonic
suspension.  By way of perspective, I should add that I have been an
immortalist since I was five years old and an advocate of cryonics since I
read Bob Ettinger's book in the 1960's.  Now, at age 64, I may have to
gamble on liquid nitrogen storage, but I would feel much better if passive
storage methods were available.

                                Hank Hirsch
Henry R. Hirsch                      
Department of Physiology                   Phone: (606)323-5438
MS508 Chandler Medical Center              Fax:   (606)323-1070
University of Kentucky                     E-Mail: 
Lexington, KY 40536-0084

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