Re: Suspended Animation

Paul Wakfer (70023.3041@CompuServe.COM)
07 Dec 96 22:35:41 EST

On Mon, 2 Dec 1996 10:20:22, E. Shaun Russell wrote:

> Back to the suspended animation ideas. I wouldn't count on 'the
>singularity' or 'the spike' to save us from the current necessity of life
>and death. I can't stop thinking that it seems like a principle such as the
>doomsayers use. "The _________ is near!" You can enter the words 'end' or
>'singularity' into that blank, but regardless, it is merely a hypothesis
>with nothing to ensure its happening. Personally, I think suspended
>animation is a great idea. At least it is doing *something* to at least
>*try* to preserve life. I'm hoping --and I'll do everything I can to ensure
>it-- that there will be massive technological advancements in life-extension
>before I 'die', but if that doesn't pan out, I'd rather have the potential
>to live again than feed beetles and worms.

Great to hear you say this Shaun. How about backing it up with a pledge to the
Prometheus Project? ;-)

I too hope very much not to ever need cryopreservation. Even if suspended
animation is perfected, it will always be more problematic than remaining alive
and in some control of oneself. However, I believe that anti-aging and
rejuvenation is a very hard problem -- much harder than suspended animation --
which is unlikely to be solved within my likely current lifetime (even figuring
another 50 years which I believe that I have a very good chance at with my
present age and state of health). That is why I am working so hard to have
perfected cryonics as a back-up option.

Again, I appeal to all readers who truly value life, who wish to see and take
part in our potentially glorious future to join me in helping to save all of
our valuable lives so that we may get from here to there.

-- Paul --

Paul Wakfer phone:909-481-9620 pager:800-805-2870


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