Not necessarily ...November 19 2004 at 12:43 PM
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Response to I think cryonicists, in general, have ongoing "personal identity crises".
I don't think it is a foregone conclusion that a cryonicist must absolutely be a believer in the self/identity-within-physical-brain philosophy. A cryonicist may think it is probably a true philosophy, or even that it "might be" a true philosophy, and therefore get signed up on what is thought to be a good chance of it preserving the "self." Said cryonicist may also have doubts, and/or entertain the possibility of other less-physical explanations for the basis of identity, such as the traditional religious "soul," or modern concepts such as that the machine which provides self-identity may reside in quantum time/space. If either of those happen to be true, cryonic preservation will probably not touch the self/soul.
The simple fact is we do not know. The honest cryonicist would not be one who is a true believer in any one of the above, but that does not rule out undergoing cryonic preservation "just in case it works."