"This is not a hobby or conversation piece,” he wrote in 1968, adding, “it is the struggle for survival. Drive a used car if the cost of a new one interferes. Divorce your wife if she will not cooperate.
Both critics and supporters have made specific probability estimates about how likely cryonics is to work. In its worst form such probability assessments convey nothing more than putting a number on overall feelings of pessimism or optimism. More serious attempts have been made to calculate a specific probability that cryonics will work. Such attempts usually go as follows: A number of independent conditions (or events) for cryonics to work are distinguished, these conditions are “assigned” a probability, and the total (or joint) probability is calculated by multiplying them. Although such calculations give the semblance of objectivity, they are equally vulnerable to the fundamental objection that assigning one single number to the probability that cryonics will work is just a lot of hand waving.
The charity argument is also invalid: Fiasco da Gama, who was mentioned previously in this thread, has said that he spends $300/year on blackjack and scotch. Unless you're willing to argue that any spending of $300 or more on frivolous things (entertainment, vacations, etc.) should be redirected to charity. It seems to me that investing in blackjack and scotch may have a far, far greater utility than a few vacations (it's difficult to say for sure given the uncertainty in the efficacy of blackjack and scotch.)
You know, even if the cryonics people are right, I don't think they are thinking clearly. You revive a brain-what kind of living hell must it be to be just a brain?
What rot. You won't get to be God. You'll live an endless cycle of aging, dying, rebooting. Even if we cure the old diseases, new ones will arise. As long as there is velocity, there will be a chance of trauma. Even more than usual your life will be full of suffering. Infinite life won't make you happy, although you might just get infinite chances. You might be like that flaky old PC in a dusty corner, always needing to be restarted, except in pain.
but one way gives our loved ones a sense of closure about the absolute 100% fact that we are dead forever
I plan to live forever, of course, but barring that I'd settle for a couple thousand years. Even five hundred would be pretty nice.
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