Re: Singularity-worship

Peter C. McCluskey (
Mon, 9 Dec 1996 08:22:38 -0800

70023.3041@CompuServe.COM (Paul Wakfer) writes:
>IMO, I do not exaggerate what others have stated, when I say that it is
>*insane* for anyone who sincerely wants to *see* this wonderful future which
>everyone on this list is so keen to *talk* about, to sit back and do virtually
>nothing to promote cryonics and to see that less damaging cryopreservation

You do exaggerate. You can't know that it's insane without knowing
how soon I am likely to need cryopreservation and what alternative
investments I can make with my time and money.
If I can double my money in 5 years by investing in semiconductor
stocks, might it not be better to donate $2000 to cryonics then
than $1000 now?
If I am healthy enough that I will probably survive until uploading
is possible, might it not be better to conserve my wealth and
wait 5 years before deciding whether there is an uploading-related
investment that will help me more than a cryopreservation investment?
If I were an 80-year old millionaire, financing some cryonics
research would be fairly high on my priority list. But in my
current circumstances, I see no compelling reason for that today.

Peter McCluskey |                        | "Don't blame me. I voted | | for Kodos." - Homer Simpson |     |