My mom died a month ago and that nearly destroyed me. Many of you know it, and I thank you for your kind emails and private messages as well as posts on this forum.
I've had a bit of time to think about things and am currently seeking a hefty life insurance policy, health insurance, disability insurance and the like. Before my mom's passing, I never contemplated these things in a very serious manner. Now I am forced to confront it and plan for it in advance.
The reason for this post is rather to debate the following site:
When I was younger about 10 years ago I saw a show on Discovery, about cryonics, a sub-system of cryogenics dealing with the preservation of a living yet legally dead human/brain.
There is a lot of technical documentation on that site and I am totally curious about this. They believe that death as it is viewed today can be cured and a human literally brought back to life sometime in the future as soon as technology can improve well enough to attempt it. They discuss nanotechnology and so on and so fourth. I personally am fascinated by this and have been for over 10 years. It is and has been my personal wish to partake in this and see if one day i can be "revived" after my legal death.
There are several myths the company posts on its website. One that strikes me as really interesting:
Since this is a tech site, I was wondering if you think and are curious about this as well? have any of you thought about this? Did you know it existed before reading this post? Are any of you going to do this?Myth 2: Cryonics freezes people.
The current technology favored by Alcor is vitrification, not freezing. Vitrification is an ice-free process in which more than 60% of the water inside cells is replaced with protective chemicals. This completely prevents freezing during deep cooling. Instead of freezing, molecules just move slower and slower until all chemistry stops at the glass transition temperature (approximately -124°C). Unlike freezing, there is no ice formation or ice damage in vitrified tissue. Blood vessels have been reversibly vitrified, and whole kidneys have been recovered and successfully transplanted after cooling to -45°C while protected with vitrification chemicals.
Left: A rabbit kidney suspended in a transparent solution of vitrification chemicals, but without vitrification solution inside it, is frozen solid at a temperature of -140°C.
Right: Another kidney with vitrification solution inside it is preserved without freezing at the same temperature of -140°C.
I know some of you are religious and would view this as unnatural or even borderline satanical. I can and do understand this.. I myself have raised some internal ethical concerns on this technology and what it would mean to me as a human.
About the Alcor process.. they do not preserve dead people.. What do they do then?
Lets say you die.. it takes a period for your body to die.. it is a process and really can take hours to fully die. Your brain can survive while your body is dead for up to five minutes.
Alcor step in after you have been officially considered dead (your heart stops) and put you on a life support machine. They then transport you to their facilities and cool you down, and do it slowly. And they don't freeze you like an ice cube. Instead they inject a fluid that protects the cells and tissues of your body and then cool your body parts to a very cold temperature (look at the kidneys above).
I think vitrification is a key to the success of them actually being able to bring you back. I am totally keen on this and while it may be wishful thinking, I have a hunch one day some years from now, what they are aiming for can be done.
I just wonder what you think about the technological side of it.. does it seem too far-fetched? Could you see this working? Do you know anyone who is doing this? I am curious and am seriously going to try to do this.
The down sides that I see are basically I waste some insurance money on a process that has not been confirmed to work. Their site lists some concerns as well about fracturing of cells. Basically it's like ice cubes that crack after they've been reduced to a temperature of -196C..
As for specifics regarding
It is expensive, but for what they are attempting to do I think it is worth it. They offer two options, head only or full body preservation. I personally prefer the full body option.
Well now you know my plan for life after death. My wife thinks I am nutts, and maybe she is right.. but if the possibility exists, I want to seize it.