Re: CRYO: "Ischemia" vs. "Reversibly dead"

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Thu Apr 26 2001 - 04:38:54 MDT

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:

> No religion would ever call its mummies "reversibly dead". The term
> carries with it a visceral shock that instantly sets cryonics apart from
> the known human fallacy of denying death. "Ischemia" and similar terms
> are instantly, and correctly, processed as bureaucratese at the least and
> religious dogma at the worst. I strongly recommend that you drop
> "ischemia" and "temporal transport" in favor of "cryonic suspension" or,
> better yet, "reversibly dead".

"Reversibly dead"? It brings visions of zombies and Reanimator! Not
good. It also has the unfortunate baggage of selling people the idea
that science is going to raise the dead, which of course runs straight
into all kinds of shlock horror and religious miracle story memes. I
like "cryonic suspension".

- samantha

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