Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cryogenics: Can We Live Again in the Future?

Robert Ettinger
Robert Ettinger, founder of the cryogenics movement, has died (at least for now) about eighteen months ago at the age of 92. Cryogenics is the process of freezing your head or your entire body in hopes science will one day figure out a way to bring you back from the dead. Ettinger will join his two wives (what was he thinking???) and his mother in frozen limbo. 

The facility is in Clinton Township, Michigan. Over 100 human corpses are floating in the gentle giant capsules filled with liquid nitrogen in hope
s of one day living again. Nobody knows for sure whether we can ever restore consciousness frozen bodies, but cryopreservation is a phenomenon present in the animal kingdom and effective medical technology. 

Many livestock have developed tricks to survive temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, accounting and after periods of paralysis caused by frost. And scientists have made important progress in freezing living tissue and even of whole organs for medical purposes. 

The minimum price that the airline claims for his services is 28,000 dollars. Other organizations charge for customers and amounts up to $ 200,000 and offers the possibility of "neuroprezervării" instead of full body freeze, freezing heads may require only interested in the idea that personality and memories are stored in the brain and loaded into a computer or an artificial body in the future. 

One obstacle to overcome is frozen ice crystals within the bloodstream are very sharp. They can actually cut tissue and blood vessels, causing sever damage that make it difficult preserving vital parts of the human body. 

Question: Do you think this process of cryogenics is actually a possibility? Can we freeze our heads or bodies in hopes that one day technology will enable us to one day live again? 

Stephen Tremp, author of the BREAKTHROUGH series, has a B.A. in information systems and an MBA degree in global management. Stephen has a background in information systems, management, and finance and draws from this varied and complex experiential knowledge to write one-of-a-kind thrillers. His novels are enhanced by current events at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERNand other scientific research facilities around the world. These potential advances have the ability to change the way we perceive our universe and our place in it! 

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EnglishRose said...

I find this most interesting, though why anyone would want my body in years to come is another matter. Thanks for sharing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Why would you want just your head frozen?
I can see the value in freezing body parts. But the whole body in hopes of revival? It would be nothing but a soulless corpse.

Jo said...

I think there is validity in freezing a live body, but dead is dead. You've already gone for goodness sake. I can't see anyone volunteering for cryogenics when they are still breathing, but sorry, once you are dead that's it, kaput, fini, the end.

Unknown said...

No and no. It is a cool sci-fi concept and makes for great reading. However, in reality, dead frozen body parts are just... dead. There's no steam in the kettle, or ghost in the shell. There's no soul. So, if people plan on being frozen and coming back in the future, um, they won't have much hope of being a talking head like in Futurama, lol.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Stephen .. no I don't think I'll be look at Cryogenics - I really can't see it happening - and if it does .. it'll be done via evolution over rather more millions of years than I've got left ...

So no thanks - but for Sci-Fi writers and ghoulish ideas .. it's a way to go; and from scientific experiments - yes we need to see what we can achieve ... but not this way to live again ...

Cheers Hilary

Lisa said...

Hmm, Clinton Township isn't that far from me, less than 10 miles or so - and I've never heard of this facility! It's an interesting concept, but I don't think I'd want to come back.