Life Extension Values Clarification Survey

July/August 2006 Comments

Num Comments Date
645 Major cryonics risk factors as I understand them: 1. Not actually getting frozen due to circumstances of death or other factors. 2. Molecular nanotechnology is either not feasible or is never actually developed to the level that would make freezing damage reversible. 3. Cell necrosis and/or apoptosis turns our neurons to mush, or just destroys molecules critical to memory. 4. Because of our/our children's/our grandchildren's... bad choices, the country we are frozen in goes through some convulsion during which frozen geezers with significant funding attached become an inviting target for desperate/greedy/extremist politicians/thugs/thieves. 2006-07-01 09:37:07
647 I have donated my body to the university of Oklahoma for any purpose they deam feasable. 2006-07-02 17:18:15
656 Yes, I am an immortalist who believes in reincarnation. That doesn't have to be a contradiction. 2006-07-04 22:48:56
664 If humans continue without becoming extinct for some reason then cryonics would definitely work. It costs less than a new car-- or the amount for an extra large house and makes common sense to try-- for a chance to be re-animated in the future. Kind of like the ultimate insurance-- which is also purchased without a pressing reason-- just for "chance". 2006-07-06 11:06:09
666 why would a person be so INCREDIBLY selfish, who cares? 2006-07-06 14:40:59
673 I am not so interested in seeing the life span extended to unbelievable years, but would love a better quality of life as I do age. 2006-07-09 10:41:07
680 I am genotypically male or female, but the same advances that will bring life extension will bring gender manifestation options presently unavailable, and thus, I decline to state. I look forward to living in an era where gender of origin is about as important as blood type, and of little interest in civilized society unless transfusion of blood/transmission of genes is on the interpersonal agenda! 2006-07-11 07:07:33
685 I believe cryonics as well as a better understanding of the properties of electricity would greatly increase the absolute of life extention within 20 years. Royal Rife and Tesla are pioneers and understood the potential of electricity of which we have and still misunderstand. These guys had minds that took them into the unknown which greed from murderous groups prevented, then, and still today. 2006-07-12 23:16:11
696 You should incorporate a section where people could express their thoughts about your questions, in depth. This Likert scale process seems inadequate, although I am sure it is simpler for the test results to be evaluated. I am wondering why anyone would CHOOSE to die at any age???? If one is allowed to live in youthful state and good health here on Earth, then, why go on? Life is good here. I have TONS of fun meeting new people and finding out new interests/talents. I am content to explore the future I am presented with, whether I know anyone there, or not. I am thinking that if aliens went to the trouble to keep me alive to see another day, they would probably not be out to "harm" me. It would be exciting to see how the future generations improve the world through technology, arts, and racial acceptance. I believe there CAN be Eutopia on this earth, if we all can learn to get along and embrace each other's diversities. Have a safe day and be filled with adventure and peace! Sincerely, Diane 2006-07-16 20:30:25
698 I find it difficult to understand the reasoning behind some of the questions above and for others the answers provided are inadequate. For example: Question 1. What does my current enjoyment of life have to do with anything? It's a sad person who believes that they will be able to wake up 200 years from now and suddenly be happy. Question 11. By indicating a 'maximum' allowable lifespan it implies that someone else should be able to decide when you die, contradicting the purpose of cryonics which from what I understand is to let someone CHOOSE when they should die. Question 24. What if I believe in 'something' but I don't want to call it God? I also don't see how these questions help to raise my awareness or change any of my assumptions about the cryonics industry - I still think, possibly more now, that it is frivolous, individualistic and too centered on western society and benefiting rich Europeans and North Americans (i.e. the question about quality of life - who will it be better for? The rich westerner who has access to new technologies or the average global citizen?). The money being spent on this could be much better invested elsewhere. If anything cryopreservation should be focusing its efforts on preserving individual organs for transplant (which I understand is currently only a peripheral interest). 2006-07-18 16:37:40
700 24.Not the God that we have created in our image..Actually I believe we live in a unified field within a self aware intelligent universe. That has unfathomable underlying intelligence. 26. With regard to religious affiliation..I do not believe in religions. I feel they are industries based on the philosophies of enlightened human beings. They add dogma and their own nonsensical twists..and then make wars among themselves in the name of God. I do, however, subscribe to beliefs that pre-date the modern religions that you list. My philosophies stem from words found in the ancient Sanskrit language: "ahimsa" which means the avoidance of harm in thought or deed to any living thing. "Kharma" which amounts to the unified field's reflection of your deeds and thoughts back upon you. we are all born in the middle of our Kharma..and through our lives we continue to be exactly where we put other words life is causal and self-causal..Dharma the ultimate or universal law. 25.reincarnation, we are reincarnated which means to be reborn in the flesh..we are reborn in the flesh, blood, and genes of our parents..we are the genetic reincarnation of an enomous family tree stretching through eons back to cyan-bacteria and before and we have all lived through inumerable reincarnations. 2006-07-19 11:54:36
702 It's interesting if many of the bugs or kinks can be worked out. I'll probably do it in the future if there are no alternatives. 2006-07-19 23:38:38
705 I honestly believe that if contributing members of society (basically self-sufficient people) could extend their lives past today's limitations, their lives would continue to be a grand adventure. With improved healthcare extended lifespans could be a reality for many people alive today. There are quite a few of us that would be more than willing to wake up in a totally changed world in exchange for continuing our lives and our work. 2006-07-20 21:46:25
706 The survey focused too much on a narrow area of life "extension" - cryonics. The fact is, cryonic probably does not add time, it just moves it around. The only life extension from cryonics is if life is extended in some other way, and you move to the time where it is available. Life extension will change society. Defining what kind of change is "harm" is subjective sometimes. Another form of life extension to consider is putting "brains" into virtual reality. This would give rise to a very different socitey. 2006-07-21 08:32:03
707 I would expect to see the results of this survey before I depart this mortal coil 2006-07-21 09:49:07
710 Good health is just a slow way to die. 2006-07-21 21:42:14
712 I'm an Orthodox Christian, specifically. 2006-07-22 18:19:57
723 An interesting survey. I would like nothing more than immortality, and despite my mothers objections, i hope to find a loophole around death. 2006-07-28 06:23:18
725 Up until today. totally unaware of the term and/or concept. 2006-07-28 13:32:06
729 Imagine the ensuing damages during reperfusion efforts!!!! 2006-07-28 23:20:37
731 If you are longevity and health,you are lucky. 2006-07-29 02:36:24
733 26 - no religious affiliation 24 - higher power ?God 2006-07-29 13:21:59
736 It is interesting that the survey has questions regarding 'religion'. I believe religions are simply out-dated methods of governing people. Instead of using the threat of force, there is the threat of eternal 'damnation', for not following 'commandments'. It is very effective on the illiterate and uneducated. Consciousness and spirituality are different, in my view, and I believe there is/are these added dimensions to existence, however, almost completely inexplicably. Thanks for all the interesting stuff on your website, I got here from the Wikipedia. 2006-07-30 21:34:14
738 some answers are hypothetical, as at present such situation does not exist. And quality of life is presumed to be good hoping that there are no man made disasters like crazy nuclear wars in presence of stupid world leaders 2006-07-30 23:02:59
747 The way to life extention goes through ability to re-estimate the processes underlying in biology and moving towards super-biology. If we are intelligent enough, we should stop killing innocent plants and animals and eating them, because it shoots back and kills us somehow. One example - calory restriction (eating less dead organisms) extends life. 2006-08-02 10:37:26
752 I think that Life and it's control of it's quality, length, experiences, are choices made out of an inalienable right. already medical science has extended or preserved my life after contracting diseases, and I feel good about it. there will be plenty of room in this universe if we all lived 10 lifespans of what we now consider normal. At this point, there are not enough years left for my expected lifespan for me to do all that I would like to experience. 2006-08-03 20:56:40
758 question 13: I know that the bible says that people will, in the future, live forever in perfect health on the earth, but that until God makes this change, people generally won't live much longer than about 80 years, with some exceptional cases. However, i do not now what the koran or Torah says on the subject. 2006-08-05 04:29:25
761 I believe reincarnation may occur for a small fraction of the human population at sporadic times and is not a universal ongoining process , and is probably governed by a supreme power(God) and thus admit to being a schizophrenic agnostic. 2006-08-05 18:37:40
763 Who cares what society thinks? What the hell is ``society'' anyway? 2006-08-06 06:09:21
765 life extension is possible with supplements and avoiding toxins. Cryonics is a dead end. Revival of DNA could produce a livin creature with no mental emotional or other relation to the original. 2006-08-06 20:59:25
772 I think that there is alot of promise in Life Extension. However, Cryogenics, as it is today, is nothing but a fraud -- freezing dead tissue ruptures the cell membranes and causes damage that could never be repaired in the future -- you simply become frozen "mush" -- just two words for anyone that is thinking about doing it -- "freezer burn" 2006-08-10 16:26:26
775 I just do not believe it will work 2006-08-12 14:50:30
776 I don't consider cryonics as a relevant topic to discuss at all. 2006-08-13 02:33:08
778 As far as reincarnation and life and God and people and animals and plants and stars and moons and virus bacteria and aging etc etc etc...I believe and have always as a child believed there are no limits to anything taking time into consideration. How could I believe in God, a spirit, for lack of a better name. A far more advanced being who apparently hangs out with us and can be quite compassionate and generous reguardless if we notice his generousity and tips or not. Our own instincts and creativity and internal drive to find out more is our DNA here and we the people were the first creatures to know our own DNA. How cool is that? We could now...find the ??? of ??? We could and possibly have destroyed beings just like ourselves on other planets. Other planets most likely destroyed us and itself or just the external life as we understand it on the surface of the so called dead planets. The space between te planets could hold a universe of emotion or a new form of feeling and growing and eating and moving and persieving and yes even loving that we can't or don't interpret. Could we learn how? Sure as long as time is considered and granted. That's why we need more time and we always will. If we can conquer harsh pain, mental, physical and harsh fear mental and physical which I believe we can then we can have time to get the wisdom. My biggest dissapointment wouldn't be if I didn't get brought back to life by my God becuase I would never know it with my deadness. My God whom I gotta tell you has pulled me through the harsh times. The biggest disapointment for me would be to wake up and be a slave. Even if I was awakened by whatever or whoever figured it out on this or another planet or 'space'. The string thing says it looks like we have a lot to learn and we know from the atom bomb that we need to proceed with respect to the unknown becuase we can certainly be eliminated from the great race or everlasting life if we kill our planet off and have to wait for God or a great being to come along and start us up again. I told my teenager the other day I've definately decided I don't believe the DNA will show that we evolved from the apes. I told him I believe that species of everything on and of this planet have been created uniquely with some evolution, smaller,taller learned to climb,swim,etc but are actually just being created through some sort of metamorphisis(sorry not a good speller) and the Galopogus and many other places have brand new species all the time. Us from Apes...nope but possibly the other way around. There are some sick animals out there and we belong to there classification. Now I need to bid you all happy hunting for the never ending questions and the joy that answering them brings! 2006-08-14 23:25:32
783 Although I have very little knowledge on the methods in current use to further enhance the human life span, I have become more interested in expanding life due to the destruction the world is in at the moment. 2006-08-16 19:47:09
787 (24) I believe that what people refer to as God by any name is the "spark of life" that separates us and a rose bush and a virus from a rock. So I do believe in God but had to answer no to "a God", there is only God and Not-God. Your website is fantastic, I visit often. Thank you for putting it up. 2006-08-17 20:16:36
793 Life deteriorates even after freezing. So the whole funda of cryopreservation sholud be for minimum(short period of time). Even if a person awakes after crysipreservation---he not be leading a efficient life unless clearly rejuvinated, which is near impossible-----as we grow old. 2006-08-20 00:38:05
802 I think cryonics is silly, especially because I believe within the next forty years we will have therapies to significantly slow (if not halt altogether or even reverse) aging processes. We will hopefully be able to correct most birth abnormalities--chromosome deficiences, undesirable genetic predispositions--shortly after conception, invitro, and will have the capability to replace our organs and tissues as necessary with our own doubles. Enhancing our biology in this way, in the not-so-distant future, will probably make the freezer-burned popsicle people just seem kind of creepy to us. I imagine we'll launch their bodies into space sometime around the next turn of the century... 2006-08-21 18:56:23
804 I choose to believe in God. But i rationally know is unlikely that any being described as such could ever have existed. 2006-08-22 11:22:05
825 No comments. 2006-08-29 02:20:52
827 I consider cryonics to be a research into a theory, that has little application for humanitarian purposes for it seems part of the technocraze industry that has destroyed cultural industries and their cultures and peoples all over the world, in a rush toward personal demonstrations of capital glory, generally in the interest of demonstrating white supremacy, without recognizing, considering, nor respecting the black people who not only stand in the way, but neither those who have assisted, and even provided the foundation for its progress. The universal practice of a logical morality based on human equality, the instinctual harmony within the self and among others that is self-respect and love, is humanity's best hope and only course toward the greatest realization of its potential. 2006-08-29 15:54:36