X-Message-Number: 9448
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 12:55:16 +0100
From: John de Rivaz <>
Subject: Re: Creating Impression in speed readers

In article: <>  
> From: Charles Platt <>
> Subject: Damage to CI Patients?
> If you had really read my post, Mr. Michaels, you would have noticed this. 

This is a good lesson for everyone who posts on cryonet and sci.cryonics - 
it is not just exactly what you say, it is the impression you give, that 
counts. It may not be ideal, but many people do skim over articles on the 
Internet, in books and magazines and form an impression. Of course most will 
keep it to themselves. Those who don't keep it to themselves are doing us 
all a service in revealing what those many may be thinking.

There is no doubt the impression Mr Platt gives to many of his readers on 
subjects such as the Cryonics Institute. As he is a professional writer I 
would assume that he has greater control of the overall impression he gives 
than most people who post articles here. We can see what impression he made 
on Mr Michaels, and over in the newsgroup sci.cryonics he has made an 
impression on people outside the cryonics movement who nevertheless were 
spending their time debating the issue. Unfortunately that impression did 
not encourage them to examine their views and consider changing them in 
favour of saving their lives by cryopreservation. One emailed me and made 
the (what I consider to be stupid) comment that she would not want to be 
revived in a future that contained Mr Platt.

I have no answers here about the problem of overall impression - maybe 
others can comment.

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