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CPLATT'S articles turned down by Alcor Cryonics mag

December 12 2010 at 3:59 PM
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Grandfathering section

December 12 2010, 4:09 PM 

6: Life Insurance and Minimums

I now come to the specific example of underfunding, by which I mean
members whose funding was sufficient for the cryopreservation minimum
when they signed up orginally, but is no longer sufficient for the
minimum that is required today. Such people remain eligible for
cryopreservation at Alcor because they have been "grandfathered in."
Grandfathering has never been an official Alcor policy, but has always
been allowed as an unofficial policy.

Of course, people realized that since the cost of cryopreservation
would tend to increase with time, the insurance would lose value
relative to the service it was supposed to buy. But to a 25-year-old
activist grappling with everyday challenges associated with running a
small undercapitalized company, death must have seemed a remote
prospect, decades away. Before then, no doubt, some key event would
change the public perception of cryonics. The concept was so obvious,
it was--well, too important to fail! Members would come flooding in,
and no one would be worrying about money anymore.

As Alcor started accepting more members, there was a conscience-driven
move to encourage the newcomers to buy more than the minimum life
insurance. "Twice the minimum" was sometimes suggested as a safe hedge
against inflation. Was this multiple based on a calculation of the
likely cost increase of procedures during the member's likely
lifetime? I don't think so. In fact, so far as I can tell, that
calculation was never performed until the 1990s, when an Alcor member
named Eric Klien did the math and started posting messages about it on
CryoNet. Klien showed beyond any doubt that doubling the minimum would
not be sufficient if (a) a member was likely to live for another 40 or
50 years and (b) the cost of cryopreservation was likely to grow by a
modest annual inflation rate.

No one could prove Klien wrong, but his message was not welcome, and
Alcor did not revise its policies. No one wanted to increase minimums
unduly, because this would discourage people from joining.

This is outrageous and might be construed as fraudÔüä... since I personally was never led to think this through thoroughly... I SHOULD have been told to buy at least a half million in insurance as early in life as possible...as SHOULD new comers today!!!-- end of comment

No one
wanted to discard the unofficial policy of "grandfathering" members
because this might cause people to leave Alcor and go elsewhere.
Either of these eventualities would conflict with the sacrosanct
desire for growth. But the costs associated with cryopreservation went
up by around 3 to 4 percent per year, on average, and funding minimums

Financial planner Rudi Hoffman,
who arranged insurance funding for many prospective Alcor members
during that period, believes that most of those who opted for
neuropreservation obtained insurance policies for $100,000--that is,
double the minimum

This is why I conclude that at least 250 of Alcor's current members
are now probably underfunded.

The members who are overfunded will help to compensate for those who
are underfunded,

MY COMMENT... NOT TRUE!!!!... the members CPlatt sees as overfunded are STILL underfunded with respect to their own insurance 80 years from now if they're currently 20 or whatever timeline they face in terms of lifespan. eoc

were periodically increased to cover these costs. Consequently, more
and more members became underfunded, especially when funding minimums
were increased substantially in 2005.

Second, even if the overfunding cancels out the
underfunding currently, it cannot be sufficient to compensate for it
for the indefinite future, as funding minimums will probably continue
to increase.

My comment.. TRUE!!!

When I signed up, so far as I remember, the neuropreservation minimum
was $35,000 and the annual membership dues were $199. I obtained whole
life insurance for around $500 per year, and thus for less than $2 per
day I enjoyed the smug illusion that I had solved the annoying little
problem of human mortality. Just like that.

My comment-- It could be construed as INTENTIONAL fraud for Alcor to NOT publish this CPlatt article!!!! --- they had better watch out... because I can attest to everything CPlatt wrote here... and I'm horrified with my discovery of my delusion... and mistake... Now Alcor STOPPED ITS PRINTING OF THE MAGAZINE... and makes it nearly impossible to get it online... by charging for it.. and putting it in a rediculous online page turning analog book format instead of a free PDF file I can print out.

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Cplatt should indicate what his level of funding is now and with what org

December 12 2010, 4:12 PM 


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Cplatts "every man for himself" philosophy won't elevate cryonics.

December 13 2010, 10:37 PM 

CPlatt makes his position regarding cryonicists' funding their preservation, storage and reanimation... he basically writes that it's every man for himself. That belief stems from an atomistic reductionism that leads societies in general to civil strife and tyranny by oligarchies. It'll happen to cryonics too if not challenged and defeated. Unperson has challenged that notion on CF... and rightly so.

Cryonics is an idea-- an integrated idea. Cryonicists have to concieve of making cryonics happen for everyone who wants it on agreeable and well defined terms that eliminates elitism... We have to learn to accomodate everyone... and not simply say that the wealthy get preferred preservation... and the poor get lousy treatment. After all, we're talking about the end of life here... which is the great equalizer. All men die, wealthy and poor alike. At the point of death, the rich man ought to make one last attempt to merge his humanity with his fellow man and leave his estate as a bequest that helps both himself and others... in that way he elevates cryonics as a whole... as an idea... and thus does his greatest service and opportunity to himself for his own reanimation.

The trend has been for the wealthy in cryonics to create perpetual trusts.. the most bizarre concept in the history of humanity. What kind of dying man thinks of his reanimation fund when reanimation is best made possible by contributing to the whole effort of cryonics as an integrated and achievable aim for every man who want it? It's short sightedness to believe that one's self-interest is found in one's own pursuit alone... Self interest is actually found in the interests of the other. That philosophy is difficult for reductionists to see-- but it's easy for integrated people to see. Let's elevate cryonics to an integrated effort... and think of the common interest of all cryonicists... all for one and one for all.

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