Re: Re [CRYONICS][BOOK] "The First Immortal"

Michael Lorrey (
Wed, 04 Feb 1998 19:55:48 -0500

Hal Finney wrote:

> Brian D Williams, <>, writes:
> > >I'm a little skeptical about this, having seen many efforts fail
> > >in the past which were going to change the future of cryonics.
> > >For example, Omni magazine had a reasonably well promoted contest
> > >where the prize was "immortality" - a cryonic suspension contract
> > >with Alcor. This was a big jump into the mainstream, especially
> > >with the idea of cryonics as a prize, a reward, not some kooky
> > >perversion. However it was not much of a success; there weren't
> > >many entries, and I think most people were just not ready for it.
> >
> > Hmmm, I wonder what would happen if WIRED were to try the same
> > thing today?
> Good question. My gut says the same thing would happen - cryonics
> is not much more popular today than it was a few years ago during the
> Omni contest.

I think that people view cryonic suspension with the same dread they view any
sort of preparation for death, which is why not many people have prepared
themselves beforehand with a contract with a funeral home, nor do most people
get wills prepared, at least until they are old. What needs to be done is to
lobby within the insurance and death industries to offer this as another
service. If institutions as conservative and stodgy as insurance companies and
funeral homes make this a common option, it will gain popularity, much like
cremation has gained popularity in recent years as it became more available
and became the affordable option.

If you want to go the sales hype route, you need to sell the concept of
cryonics as time travel.

   Michael Lorrey
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