[ExI] [New_Cryonet] Dead immortalists in 1978 Omni magazine article
msd001 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 26 18:04:22 UTC 2013
On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 1:54 PM, Adrian Tymes <atymes at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM, Mike Dougherty <msd001 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 11:27 AM, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
>>> At least people can go into cryopreservation, despite all the
>>> difficulties and uncertainties involved. Cryonics has a better track record
>>> so far than predictions that you'll have radical life extension served to
>>> you in a pill(!) just by surviving to some arbitrary year.
>> I'm curious how you measure a "track record" when the race hasn't really
>> even started.
>> (I'd suggest it's more like the milling-about around the starting line
>> before the event)
> Predictions of personal immortality have been around for millennia - and
> they were just as certain as we are now. (Granted, we know some of what
> they were doing wrong.) The event for the human race in general started
> long ago; we've only recently shown up. For each of us personally, the
> event started the moment we were born, and continues as long as we maintain
> it - in whatever form. Cryonics, at least, merely suspends the personal
> event rather than provably permanently ending it (to the degree that such
> is provable in this reality, ignoring immeasurable souls and the like).
What a cogent reply to my off-hand snarcasm. +1 & "like" :)
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