Re: Why do we seek to transcend ourselves?

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Wed Jul 17 2002 - 03:03:37 MDT

Ben Goertzel wrote:
> mike
> As you say, cryonics is available now, at a reasonably modest cost --
> for middle-class Americans -- through life-insurance.
> I don't think it's available outside the US, and even in the US it's out
> of reach for the lower-income segments of the population.
> So I guess the right statement is: "There's no reason for middle or
> upper class Americans to die permanently right now, except in case of
> severely brain-destroying accidents, or deaths that occur in very remote
> regions."

Is there a point to this straining at a gnat that eludes me?
Cryonics is not zero-cost yet nor universally available. Does
that mean the option itself does not exist or should not be
acknowledged until it is universally available?

- samantha

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