SciAm: nano and cryonics

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Fri Aug 17 2001 - 13:20:49 MDT

Samantha wrote:
> My greatest fear is that we act without knowing what it is we
> want to acheive and thus act very unwisely with any/all
> technologies at our disposal. The price of the attendant
> errors can be our extinction. But I don't distinquish so much
> between which form of technology is likely to be the most dangerous.

Point understood. But from where I sit we are already "extinct".
If we do not conquer death and/or fail to make cryonics work
I personally am extinct. If we do not conquer space and learn to
eliminate or avoid the hazards in our galaxy, we, as a species,
become extinct. So I find myself forced to take a pro-active stance
with regard to embracing technologies. I share your concerns
about determining the right rate of adoption.

> As long as there is freedom then those who don't see cryonics
> as viable have no guilt whatsoever. Honest opinion is not guilt
> producing. Forcing others to forego their own opinions is cause
> for guilt.

The problem is that many people have been brain-washed into
believing that there is a "magical" solution. That false
knowledge creates a false sense of security that means they
do not take the effort to seriously investigate cryonics.
To preserve their world view, they treat it with skepticism
if not outright revulsion. If there is "guilt" here it
probably lies in the hands of people who distribute historical
stories for salvation to people incapable of giving "informed


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