"The Evil Futurists' Guide to World Domination"

"The Evil Futurists' Guide to World Domination"

Joined: March 3rd, 2005, 2:52 am

December 30th, 2010, 11:24 pm #1

I found the author's note interesting:

http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/pang20101230
Authors Note: For a while now, Ive been working on a think-piece on what futures would look like if it started now: if instead of starting during the Cold War, in the middle of enthusiasm for social engineering, computer programming, and rationalistic visions of future societies, futures was able to draw on neuroscience and neuroeconomics, behavioral psychology, simulation, and other fields and tools.
Cryonics as originally formulated dates from the same era and incorporates a similar world view and assumptions about "the future." For example, many middle-aged cryonicists expect to engage in space exploration in "the future" because we lived during the Apollo program and the moon landings made a huge impression upon us, even though our civilization relinquished manned space travel nearly 40 years ago and younger people can't relate to our enthusiasm for it.

So, what would cryonics look like if it started now instead of circa 1960?



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Joined: May 17th, 2009, 5:13 pm

December 31st, 2010, 1:03 am #2

People's preference for certainty is a huge contributor to their preference for death instead of cryonics. After all, you pretty much know what you're getting out of the bargain that way.
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