Re: poly: Life Extension

From: Robin Hanson <>
Date: Mon Jan 17 2000 - 10:04:12 PST

David Brin wrote:
> Anyway, today's cryo-storage process is messy, complex, legally
> shaky, and terribly expensive. Wouldn't any reasonable person -- one
> worthy of revival -- dedicate a lifetime's accumulated resources to
> helping their children and posterity, instead of splurging it all on a
> chancy, self-important gamble for personal immortality?
> And yet, cryonics devotees keep plugging away at their dream, ...

The number of cryonics customers is very small (I am one of them), so there
is likely a lot of truth in this. Yet we spend huge amounts now on medicine
for people in their last year of life, spending that has relatively little
health benefit. So the puzzle is: why do people not also see this standard
spending as similarly selfish?

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
MSN 1D3, Carow Hall, Fairfax VA 22030
703-993-2326 FAX: 703-993-2323
Received on Mon Jan 17 10:05:12 2000

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