Re: Cryo-suspension for death row

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Tue Oct 10 2000 - 14:33:02 MDT

Alex Future Bokov wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Oct 2000, Brian D Williams wrote:
> > >This is a third axiom-- that if the 'homicidal' and
> > >'non-homicidal' portions of a perpetrator's brain can be
> > >separated, then 'homicidal' portion also *must* be the one that
> > >houses the sense of self, the identity. Unlike the other two
> > >axioms-- no life after death, and eye for an eye, this axiom just
> > >might be overturned by future discoveries in neuropsychology.
> >
> > This is not exactly what I meant, I am out to destroy the
> > personnality that caused the homicide, not that the homicidal part
> > is the self.
> So let me get this straight... even if you could separate out the
> bad part and destroy that, you'd still feel that the whole thing
> needs to be destroyed.

What if you could repair/cure the personality? Is the personality the
person? Have not many of us consciously molded and shaped parts of our
own and other's personalities? Why is it better to kill the individual
(irrevocably by all local beliefs) than it is for an angry God (by
non-local beliefs) to fry said individual in hell forever? Do not both
visions rise from a sense of vengeance first and foremost?

- s.

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