Why not believe you'll go to heaven regardless, and trump mere FAI and mere cryonics combined, so long as you're believing things you want to believe?
Because then I won't get to go to Dresden Codak's Secular Heaven. It's a Catch-22.
Rabbi: Joseph, that is just so... unbelievably...
(Mary holds her breath.)
You know, Eliezer, sometimes that's the way things like the Friendly AI effort (and Alcor, and a few other things) strike me.
I want to believe.
Does that make me as gullible as Joseph, or as opportunistic as the Rabbi?
Too soon to tell.
I'm up in Sonoma County -- how about something teleconferenced via Skype, or something multipoint?