Cryonics and Life Extension
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 14 August 2011, Question 2
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 14 August 2011, I answered a question on cryonics and life extension.
What's the proper view of using cryonics as a means of extending one's life? Suppose there is at least a small chance that, if I am cryonically frozen in the coming years, doctors will be able to revive me at some point in the future. And suppose that the cost is not an impediment – meaning that I don't have to give up any other important values in order to pay. Would this then be morally required because life is the standard of value? Would it be morally optional? Or is there some reason why it would be irrational?
My Answer, In Brief: If you're considering cryonics, you should think seriously about range of possible outcomes, as well as how else that money could be spent. In the end, if you think it worth doing, then do it. If not, then don't.
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