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

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Mon Apr 30 2001 - 03:04:25 MDT

Bryan Moss wrote:

> I'll take a guess. Assuming the majority of people who even
> consider cryonics are atheists; if they originally come from a
> religious background they may have an emotional investment in
> their acceptance of the finality of death. From this point of
> view, cryonics may seem like a step backwards.

Nope. Almost every religion claims that death is not the end and that
death will lose its sting. If dead becomes simply an interlude to being
revived to new life (cryonics) or one does not die but simply
periodically transforms or assumes forms when needed (uploads.
simulation), then there is nothing about that that is incompatible.
None of the holy books say precisely how resurrection, or translation to
"heaven" (sounds like VR space a lot), or transmigration of souls
(transference of backup individuality) or reincarnation (serial
assumption of different life scenarios) take place. Creating workable
means to accomplish some of these things should be applauded by
religious folks. We can even show how gods can come about in reality.
Hallelujah! What a revelation! Surely God, aka the Power, aka the
Sysop has smiled upon us!

See what a little spin can do? Of course the unimaginative who would
dare limite the power of Powers that pass all understanding will not get
it at all. But many will and may join us. Will we welcome them or only
welcome atheists?

- samantha

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