Re: It may be hard for life to get started

From: Russell Whitaker (
Date: Thu Jan 11 2001 - 10:18:27 MST

>On Thu, 11 Jan 2001, Russell Whitaker wrote:
> > * - some other flaws, in brief:
> > 1.) surprisingly unresearched typical statement about freezing
> > damage (the "cells expand and rupture" business) due to cryonic
> > suspension
> > 2.) strawman arguments against feasibility of molecular
> > nanotechnology
>Actually, Brian Williams and I spoke with him about cryonics during his
>book tour for Entering Space. He didn't bring up any of these arguments,
>though I seem to remember explaining the "cells expand and rupture"
>business. He mostly seemed...thoughtful. Perhaps he was trying to not
>encourage the lunatics...

Encourage them not to... build a generation ship and
prematurely freeze themselves for transit? ;-)

My reading of his book gives me the feeling that he's not
a bad guy at all. He simply seems to have spent much more
time researching some topics than others, but didn't indicate
his uncertainty on some topics adequately.

Overall, I really did enjoy his book otherwise.


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