[SEQ RERUN] We Agree: Get Froze

by MinibearRex1 min read31st Dec 20122 comments


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Today's post, We Agree: Get Froze was originally published on December 12, 2008. A summary:


Despite disagreement about AI FOOMs, Robin Hanson and Eliezer Yudkowsky both agree that cryonics is worth investing in.

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This post is part of the Rerunning the Sequences series, where we'll be going through Eliezer Yudkowsky's old posts in order so that people who are interested can (re-)read and discuss them. The previous post was Not Taking Over the World, and you can use the sequence_reruns tag or rss feed to follow the rest of the series.

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Why exactly is it better than, say, cutting brain into into pieces and preserving them with formaldehyde? (And/or other cross-linking preservatives). Freezing really shreds everything cryoprotectants do not reach, and possibly dissolves protein oligomers in places cryoprotectants do reach. Either can cause loss of information.

There is a disheartening article about marital problems that some cryonicists face because of wives who vehemently oppose the whole idea. If I sign up for cryonics, to what extent am I limiting my marital prospects to people who don't think cryonics is a terrible idea?