[extropy-chat] archeologist VS restorative alternatives

Joseph Bloch transhumanist at goldenfuture.net
Sat Oct 22 02:54:22 UTC 2005

It's an excellent question, and one I've been asking myself now that my 
own suspension is set up.

How to enact a living will that will be the most cryonics-friendly? I 
mean, if there's a reasonable chance of my being revived, I'd like to 
take it, but if keeping me on a feeding tube is going to degrade my 
brain tissue (a la Terri Schiavo), then pop me in the freezer post 
haste, before more damage is done.

Unfortunately, I think that "pack my body in ice and replace my blood 
with cryoprotectant fluid while I'm still alive" would qualify as, well, 
euthenasia (if I am understanding your suggestion properly).

I find it fascinating that one of the first innovations cited in the 
excellent cryonics-oriented novel "The First Immortal" is that the right 
to die is acknowledged, and seen as a necessary step to mass acceptance 
of cryonics as a practice. Great book, btw; well worth the read.


Lifespan Pharma Inc. wrote:

> Eugen Leitl wrote:
>> <>On Fri, Oct 21, 2005 at 11:31:47AM -0700, Adrian Tymes wrote:
>> <>screen, why not try to keep the soldier alive and save cryo for the
>> absolute last ditch effort? (Short of measures that destroy the body
>> beyond possibility of effective cryo - but such measures tend to kill
>>Cryopreservation is only legal if you're pronounced dead first. 
> Could you not have a living will that instead of "do not resuscitate" 
> it clearly gives the instructions
> of what to do when the point is reached that requires certain 
> interventions.
> The Jehovah's Whitnesses get away with denying blood.
> So why not set conditions under which you deny traditional support and 
> insist upon preservation for stasis support.
> You could be prepared while still alive to instruct the carrying out 
> of your own "Extended Living Will" as well.
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