Re: Cryonics propaganda...

Brian Atkins (
Wed, 02 Jun 1999 22:05:38 -0400

Spike Jones wrote:
> Michael S. Lorrey wrote:... If it is seen as common that all
> > are immortal, and that immortality is some sort of right, would not imposing
> > death of any kind be seen as too excessive to allow as a punishment for a crime
> > or for a defense against a criminal in the act. Thoughts, anyone?
> Mike, the thing that concerns me more than this is the notion that
> if some of us achieve immortality (or greatly extended lifespans)
> through extreme effort, cost and discipline, that we would be targeted
> by those who choose short lifespans. Look around you: most people
> choose to shorten their own lives in one way or another. I ride
> motorcycles, way too quickly, for instance. In general, people
> eat terribly unhealthfully, drink way too much, *smoke* tobacco still,
> among other life shortening habits. I could easily see how some
> misguided, deliberately short lived person would see an immortal
> as a threat to mother earth, or some such foolishness, and would
> try to identify and kill us. spike

For a sci-fi approach, the forthcoming book Cassini Division by Ken MacLeod sounds just like what you are talking about. The previous two books in the series are available from Amazon UK.

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