You can ridicule Mike's Roy Batty-like description of his travels, as someone did. But I think Mike does have a point: Cryonicists need to develop the habit of thinking historically, anthropologically and globally, because we can't take the benign conditions most of us have lived in for granted. Even developments currently considered beneficial and "progressive," like the universal franchise, democracy, the welfare state and feminism, might pile up long-terms costs which result in regression towards the mean, despite what, say, FM-2030 thought. (I expect patriarchy, which George Lakoff calls the Strict Father Model, to make a comeback because it has worked historically to keep the human race in business during tough times.)
This insight has practical implications for cryonicists which would require a lengthy treatise to explore. But off the top of my head, I think that leftist ideologies, like the IEET crowd's, won't necessarily work with cryonics in the long run, even if they manipulate "transhumanist" symbols in certain ways, because they promote passivity, dependency and hostility towards the radical extension of individual lives.
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