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Not Even Up For Discussion [Nov. 18th, 2016|02:04 pm]
Tony Grist
The media are giving a high profile to the story of a young person who has won the right to have her body cryogenically preserved against the day when the disease that killed her can be cured.

And no-one I've read or listened to has thought to ask why a soul would want to come back into a superannuated and damaged body. All start from the assumption that death is the end and souls are a figment of the religious imagination.

Where's the Archbishop of Canterbury when you need him?

Obviously I wouldn't expect a contemporary newshound to even consider interviewing a spiritualist or a spirit medium or a parapsychologist or anyone like that.

[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2016-11-18 07:00 pm (UTC)
I'd ask a different question: What makes one so sure that the disease can be cured someday? What makes one so sure that this might be in foreseeable time - and not in like a few hundred years or so? Would you want to wake up in a world suddenly that doesn't work anymore like the one you used to know? Is that shock worth it to run away from a disease in the now?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-18 07:17 pm (UTC)
Yet another question is whether the people of the future will be willing to wake the sleepers. They won't be under any obligation to do it- and it might well strike them as a cruel and ethically dubious thing to do.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2016-11-18 07:28 pm (UTC)
Also is part of the possible.
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