[extropy-chat] Wikipedia page and cryonics

Keith Henson hkhenson at rogers.com
Thu Apr 12 21:42:59 UTC 2007

At 02:45 PM 4/12/2007 -0500, you wrote:
>At 02:42 PM 4/12/2007 -0400, Keith wrote:
> >It's to embarrass the procrastinators into getting their paperwork done
> >before they get run over by a truck.
>What are the chances that cryonics will be of benefit to someone
>who's run over by a truck?

This was a place holder for dying unexpectedly before people quit dying.

>(I'm not being sarcastic.) Assume the
>truck impact doesn't mush the person's brain--which must happen
>fairly frequently, I imagine--and the driver doesn't hit&run, how
>long would it take for a corpse to reach the morgue, would the cops
>give a shit, would an autopsy be mandatory in such a situation, etc

Bad luck applies to even getting suspended when you need it.  I don't know 
the actual numbers, but as a first pass guess, 5-10 of those who are signed 
up don't get suspended at all.  I can think of one guy who was not found 
for weeks (liguid brain), another one who was lost in the WTC disaster and 
one who was killed by bandits out in the middle of the Sahara desert.  Try 
not to be lost at sea (Eve Cooper).

Dying suddenly, such as an aircraft or traffic crash decreases your chances 
of a good suspension, though Alcor usually manages to put something into 
LN2.  We are fairly good at getting patients from the coroner.

>(I've come close to being hit by careless moron-driven motor
>vehicles three times in the last year, just trying to cross an
>intersection with a green light; luckily I'm hypervigilant.)

Good.  If you are signed up, the best way is to die from cancer with a team 
at your bedside.  But no matter what, if you are not signed up, you are not 
going to get frozen.  That's the point.


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