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143 Post author: BrandonReinhart 02 May 2011 07:08AM

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Comment author: michaelcurzi 04 May 2011 09:10:17AM 14 points [-]

Does anyone know if the finances of the Cryonics Institute or Alcor have been similarly dissected and analyzed? That kind of paper could literally be the difference between life and death for many of us.

Comment author: jsalvatier 04 May 2011 11:31:55PM 2 points [-]

I'm guessing no. As a CI member, I agree it would be useful.

Comment author: BrandonReinhart 04 May 2011 11:37:19PM 13 points [-]

I would be willing to do this work, but I need some "me" time first. The SIAI post took a bunch of spare time and I'm behind on my guitar practice. So let me relax a bit and then I'll see what I can find. I'm a member of Alcor and John is a member of CI and we've already noted some differences so maybe we can split up that work.

Comment author: jsalvatier 05 May 2011 12:49:43AM 4 points [-]

I might be willing to do this, but I am somewhat reluctant because I feel like it might be emotionally taxing.

I would however be very enthusiastic about sponsoring someone's else's work and willing to invest a substantial amount. I'm not sure how to go about arranging that, though.

Comment author: michaelcurzi 05 May 2011 02:30:27AM *  7 points [-]

Seconded about investment. That could reduce the collective action problem. One possible implementation here.

If there were a 100-page post written about choosing between Alcor and CI, I'd read it. I plan to be hustling people to sign up for cryonics until I'm a glass statue myself, so the more up-to-date information and transparency, the better.

Comment author: jsalvatier 05 May 2011 06:17:28AM 1 point [-]

Feel free to contribute to this thread.

Comment author: Nick_Roy 05 May 2011 08:35:52AM 0 points [-]

Thirded about investment. This reminds me of the general question of rationality professionalism: something I've brought up before here.

Comment author: gwern 11 May 2011 03:05:52PM 1 point [-]

I don't know of anything. Before I did the Girl Scouts reading, I did once briefly look through the Alcor filings to ascertain how much of a loss they ran at. (About 0.7m a year for 2008.)