See reader questions & answers on this topic! - Help others by sharing your knowledge
Cryonics Frequently Asked Question List Section 8: Communications Last Modified Sun Jan 29 15:34:54 1995 (You can fetch cryomsg "n" by sending mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "CRYOMSG n", where "n" is a mesage number. There is more about this in the answer to question 8-2. The index to this FAQ list is cryomsg "0018.1". ) Copyright 1993 by Tim Freeman. See the end of Section 1 for restrictions on redistribution. 8-1. How can I get more information? Steve Bridge's "Introduction to Cryonics" gives a quick, three-page overview of cryonics. This overview is cryomsg 972. For a more detailed introduction, including a discussion of the scientific evidence that freezing injury may be repairable, read the booklet "Cryonics: Reaching for Tomorrow", which is available from the Alcor Life Extension Foundation (Question 6-4 has the address). It includes an extensive Question and Answer section. The books "Engines of Creation" and "Unbounding the Future", by K. Eric Drexler, et al. describe nanotechnology (also called molecular nanotechnology or molecular engineering). This is the kind of technology needed to revive anyone preserved with today's methods of cryonic suspension. The largest three suspension organizations each have newsletters. For contact information about on them, see the answer to Question 6-4. 8-2. What is a cryomsg? How do I fetch one? There has been a cryonics mailing list since July 1988. To get current information about the mailing list, send email to email@example.com with the message body "info cryonet". To subscribe to the mailing list, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the message body "subscribe cryonet". Most Cryomsg's are archived messages from this mailing list. To get a cryomsg, send mail to email@example.com with the subject "CRYOMSG nnn nnn" where the nnn's are the numbers of the cryomsg's you want. (Some cryomsg's are at an old site. For these cryomsg's, the response to the mail to firstname.lastname@example.org will be instructions for fetching the cryomsg from the old site, instead of the cryomsg you want.) Also, all cryomsg's referenced in this FAQ (and a few others) are available by anonymous FTP from pop.cs.cmu.edu, directory "/afs/cs.cmu.edu/user/tsf/Public-Mail/cryonics/archive". You will need to give the entire directory path at once to FTP, rather than the commands "cd /afs" "cd cs.cmu.edu" and so forth, because the directories at the beginning of the path are protected from anonymous FTP access. Cryomsgs numbers 100, 200, ..., 900 have one line summaries of the preceding 100 cryomsg's. Message number 0000 has a top level index, and message number 0001 has the subjects of all of the messages. Message 0004 has a list of cryonics suspension organizations and also cryonics-related organizations and publications. Message 0005 is entitled "Suggested reference messages for new subscribers".