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Comment author: MixedNuts 21 August 2012 04:57:27PM 1 point [-]

Cryonics promotion. We (I, at any rate) want cryonics to be easier to sign up for, for mostly selfish reasons. An additional patient decreases somewhat the financial and social costs of cryonics, and a case that brings publicity (Reddit is big) of an overwhelmingly positive kind (Kim is a cute girl begging for help) will directly lower the social cost and attract new patients. I took the money from my ice cream budget, not my altruistic one.

Comment author: Jonathan_Graehl 21 August 2012 07:48:52PM 1 point [-]

If I understand you correctly, whenever an opportunity of this efficacy is available for promoting cryonics (or plastination, or life extension) that it becomes your top-quality marginal charitable dollar. Or perhaps you're saying merely that it's decent charity, enough to justify rolling with the emotional attachment to an individual.

Someone on IRC suggested I fund the Brain Preservation prize Robin Hanson posted about rather than sign up for cryonics now, since I'm pretty sure current practice just won't work at all and I want to advance the state of the art.

Comment author: MixedNuts 21 August 2012 09:27:27PM 3 points [-]

it becomes your top-quality marginal charitable dollar

No, not charitable. (I said "for mostly selfish reasons" and " I took the money from my ice cream budget, not my altruistic one.") It's a pampering budget, for things I want for myself but can skip buying now without any fuss, like saving for retirement and tasty food and museum visits and socks with no holes and trips to see friends. My top-quality charitable dollar is still for malaria nets.

Comment author: Jonathan_Graehl 22 August 2012 10:02:32PM 0 points [-]

Oh. I missed that you considered cryonics promotion selfish more than charitable. My fault.