Re: Giving cryo talk to Jewish high school

From: Randy Smith (
Date: Wed Feb 28 2001 - 15:33:49 MST

>From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky"
>Subject: Re: Giving cryo talk to Jewish high school
>Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 16:49:39 -0500
>Randy Smith wrote:
> >
> > It seems to me that people of the Jewish culture are less antagonistic
> > to cryo-Extro-life-extension ideas. Arlene Sheskin's book _Cryonics_
> > included a survey of cryonicists from about 25 years ago. Some very
> > large percentage of cryos in her survey were Jewish. Admittedly, many of
> > them apparently came from the New York area, but it was a very large
> > percentage--perhaps 25-50%.
>Jewish society, with rare exceptions, is not at all technophobic.
>However, there were increasing signs of infection at the time that I left
>physically (mentally, I'd left a long time ago), so get them while you
>If I had to guess, I'd guess that it has something to do with (a) the fact
>that rabbis derive religious authority from their technical expertise on
>the amazingly complicated laws, and (b) the amazingly complicated laws
>soak up all the religious fervor, leaving none for traditional Luddite
>fundamentalism. Though, when I left, there were signs of growing
>infection; predator memes moving into the ecological void.



I would think that it may have something to do with the fact that (supposedly--I am not an expert) the Jewish religion does not promise an afterlife.



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