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

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Fri Apr 27 2001 - 15:52:45 MDT

Jim Fehlinger makes the paradoxical confession

> ...the belief that one's own personality is important enough
> to take extreme measures to preserve from nonexistence strikes
> me as -- unseemly, somehow...

and yet would, if faced with conventional death, take as
many extreme measures as the rest of us would. I've heard
this meme before---"my personality isn't important enough",
and can only conclude that it's because the cost of cryonics
is still high.

Yet that can't explain it, because Jim and those like him
usually endorse extreme but conventional medical operations
that are even more expensive. No, somehow the mind-set that
says that we are only supposed to be here for three score
and ten has taken another victim, possibly fatally.

As he thoroughly explained in another post, Jim is quite
enamored of future technologies, and would eagerly pay for
Krell brain-boosts or retinal projectors. (I do note that
these options are safely unavailable now.) But the deep
challenge for cryonicists and other extropians is to try
to understand what is really going on here. It beats me.

Lee Corbin

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