<html><head></head><body><div><span data-mailaddress="firstname.lastname@example.org" data-contactname="BillK" class="clickable"><span title="email@example.com">BillK</span><span class="detail"> <firstname.lastname@example.org></span></span> , 25/6/2014 6:27 PM:<br><blockquote class="mori" style="margin:0 0 0 .8ex;border-left:2px blue solid;padding-left:1ex;"><br>From an outsiders (and government) POV, cryonics does equal death, so
<br>the same laws would apply to cryonics and to euthanasia. i.e. citizens
<br>won't legally be allowed an early death by any method unless they are
<br>in a state where euthanasia is allowed. (Though it does happen
<br>If euthanasia is allowed, then I don't see any reason for the
<br>authorities to object to a cryonics team standing by and taking over
<br>after death is declared.
</blockquote></div><div><br></div><div>The problem is getting euthanasia allowed. Cryonics is not a relevant factor in getting societies to decide this, since it is a minor fringe activity. The main factor getting euthanasia accepted is the spread of modern values, where individual autonomy and welfare trumps various do-no-harm principles. So if you want cryothanasia approved, you likely need to work more on the "right to die" side of things than the "cryonics is sensible" side of things.</div><div><br></div><div>I might write a paper soonish with a colleague on the ethics of cryo-euthanasia; our basic claim is that many of the standard anti-euthanasia arguments break when applied to cryonics (e.g. the claim that life is a gift that is not ours to throw away becomes an argument for cryonics). At best, this will likely convince some readers of bioethics journals that many anti-euthanasia arguments are no good - in this case cryonics might act as an intuition pump for those who think it is equivalent to euthanasia for why the anti-arguments are inconsistent (finding arguments that bit an anti-euthanasia cryonicist might be trickier for us). </div><div><br></div><div><br><br>Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University</div></body></html>