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Comment author: Will_Pearson 12 December 2008 10:28:34PM 1 point [-]

The number of people living today because their ancestors invested their money in themselves/their status and their children, all of us:

The number of people living today because they or someone else invested their money in cryonics or other scheme to live forever, 0.

Not saying that things won't change in the future, but there is a tremendously strong bias to spend your resources on ambulatory people and new people, because that has been what has worked previously.

Women might have stronger instincts in this respect as they have been more strongly selected for the ability to care for their children (unlike men).

If you want to change this state of affairs, swiftly at least, you have to tap into our common psyche as successful replicators and have it pass the "useful for fitness test". This would be as easy as making it fashionable or a symbol of high status, get Obama to sign up publicly and I think you would see a lot more interest.

High status has been something sort after because it gets you better mates and more of them (perhaps illicitly).

Comment author: Swimmer963 09 October 2011 11:54:44PM 1 point [-]

Women might have stronger instincts in this respect as they have been more strongly selected for the ability to care for their children (unlike men).

Maybe this is why I find it so hard to be emotionally troubled by the thought of dying, as long as my children survive. (As long as anyone survives, really, but the thought of children is more emotionally compelling.)