Letter: Cryonics are a long-odds bet

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Sir: David E Pagg ("Only the gullible pay to be frozen", Letters, 12 February) misses the point about cryonics. People who opt to be frozen after death are taking a gamble. A gamble that the technological advances needed to revive them will eventually be made, that the company preserving them will survive, that those who like to impose their ethical standards on others will allow their revival, and, indeed, that civilisation itself will not collapse.

The odds against ever being revived must be astronomical, but so what? The alternative is to be 100 per cent certain of spending eternity dead.

PAUL BRATTON

London W5

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