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Comment author: handoflixue 26 May 2011 04:49:00PM 1 point [-]

It's more that all the arguments I see are aimed at a different audience (cryonics skeptics). I do not take this as very strong evidence of irrationality. On the other hand, anyone who posts here, I take that as decent evidence of rationality, especially people like Eliezer. So I assume with a high probability that either the people espousing it have a different utility function than I, or are simply not talking about the other half of the argument. I'm assuming that there is a rational reason, but objecting because I don't feel anyone is trying to rationally explain it to me :)

Loosely, in my head, there's the idea of a "negative" argument, which is just rebutting your opponent, or a "positive" argument which actually looks at the advantages of your position. I see hype, in-group signalling, and "negative" arguments. I'm interested in seeing some "positive" ones.

As far as evidence, I did actually just put up a post discussing specifically the "economies of scale" argument. It is thus far the only "positive" argument I've heard for it, aside from the (IMO) very weak argument of "who doesn't want immortality?" (I find it weak specifically because it ignores both availability and price, and glosses over how reliability is affected by those two factors as well)

Hopefully that was clearer!