A scary but HYPOTHETICAL question.

From: Alex Future Bokov (alexboko@umich.edu)
Date: Sat Oct 14 2000 - 10:58:33 MDT

Again, don't get all wierded out. This really is a hypothetical
question, that just happened to wander into my head. I doubt it will
ever be a practical one for either myself or anybody else on this
list. Remember what I said earlier about survival at any cost-- my
self-preservation drive is doing just fine thank you. It's just that
it's good to know the answers to certain hypothetical questions
well ahead of time, so one doesn't have to waste precious seconds
deliberating if such questions do suddenly become practical.

One's effectiveness in accheiving overarching goals is sometimes hobbled
by self-preservation. If one knew that one was going to die soon (and for
whatever reason cryosyspension was not an option) then self-preservation
would not longer influence one's decisions. How could one's strategy change
in response to this fact?

Responses such as "I'd liquidate all my assets and go on a cruise" or
"I'd spend my last days with my family" are obvious and pre-emptively
declared to be out of scope. This question is aimed at people who have
such an intense sense of purpose that they want maximize the value of
even their demise toward their chosen goal. Or people who can imagine
themselves in such a mindset and extrapolate how they would act.


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