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Re: Cryonics versus Satanism

December 12 2010 at 12:13 AM
Ben Best  (Login Benbest_)
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Response to Cryonics versus Satanism


I admit to telling David Styles in a
conversation in April that I thought he
would make a good CI Director. There are
so few activists in cryonics. David's
energy, intelligence, organizational ability,
and enthusiasm are great. I regard it as a
tragedy that he is so deeply involved with the
Church of Satan and Temple of the Vampire.
I don't know much about these organizations,
but their names make them appear to represent
the "dark side" of life. Cryonics is an uphill
battle as it is, why should we have to carry
more social stigmas? My thought that David
would make a good CI Director did not go beyond
the April conversation. I admit it was a mistake.

During the April conversation I argued with
David that he could not keep his affiliations
secret, and this proved to be true. I am glad
that David finally disclosed his affiliations
on his blog on the first of December. I don't
think David's affiliations should disqualify
him as being a CI Member -- many cryonicists
have "unusual" beliefs. Like physicians
we should not withhold our care from anyone.
But I worry about cryonics or CI being too
closely associated with causes that could
cause us harm.

The enemies of cryonics are only too happy
to smear cryonics, CI, and me with all the
negative images (accurate or not) that Satanism
and Vampirism can conjure. I think Eucrio
(of which David Styles is General Manager)
is an ambitious and admirable undertaking.
CI's enemies have claimed that I have endorsed
Eucrio and that CI has loaned equipment to
Eucrio. Both claims are false. I have expressed
admiration for David's dedication and abilities
-- and I hope Eucrio succeeds -- but that is
not endorsement.

The enemies of cryonics claim that I have
conspired with vampires against the CI
Board on the basis of the conversation I had
with David in April. David's description of
the conversation is a misrepresentation in
this regard. There is a bright side to this
allegation, however. To claim that I tried
to hide David's affiliations from the CI Board
is to admit that the CI Board has no connection
with vampirism or satanism. Much as our enemies
would like to smear CI as being satanist or
vampirist, they cannot make this claim while at
the same time claiming that the Board is an
innocent victim of concealment attempts by me.
They can't have it both ways.

-- Ben Best

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