Terry Donaghe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue, 1 Dec 1998 10:16:24 -0800 (PST)
I know that most (all?) transhumanists and Extropians believe that
Cryonics is a "good thing" and are either already signed up for it or
will as soon as they gather the moola.
I haven't been convinced yet that it's a "good thing." I understand
the basic arguments for it, and yes, I want to live a long, long time
just like the next transhuman. However, I have concerns and doubts...
- How long can I be legally dead and still retain my brain state
(identity)? I live in North Carolina and I doubt there's any Cryonics
centers nearby. If I'm gonna be suspended then dammit, I better be
there when I'm thawed out, not some brain damaged version of me.
- I'm almost 30 now. I fully expect to live at least to 2040 and
hopefully 2050. What are the chances we won't have developed mature
nanotechnology by then?
- If I name a Cryonics organization as a beneficiary of life
insurance in order to secure financing for freezing and I expire in
such a way that I'm not salvageable (explosion, acid, eaten,
spontaneous combustion, alien abduction, lost at sea, etc.) is there a
clause to divert the money to my family?
- Is life insurance even Transhuman? I'm betting I'll die before my
family does. The whole point of being transhuman is that I DON'T
I'd almost rather spend the money on staying healthy - supplements, etc.
Any thoughts? Suggestions?
Terry Donaghe: email@example.com
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