Cryonics is the process of preserving a recently deceased person by cooling them to very low temperature, typically -130°C or below. The hope is that future society will be able to cure whatever killed them and bring them back to life. There are people who believe in the possibility of cryonics, but there are also those who don’t think it’s possible. Here are some reasons why you might want to consider this option for preservation.
Why cryonics might be worth considering
It’s difficult to tell how long you have to live. In developed countries, such as the US, some 95% of all cancer patients, elderly patients, and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease don’t live longer than an average of 3.2 years after being diagnosed with their disease, according to the American Cancer Society. According to the Society, “The most common cancers in the US, and the second most common cause of death in the US, after heart disease, are cancers of the female breast, lung and cervix. The most common causes of death in the US, and the third most common cause of death in the US, are heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.” The list of diseases that are known to be caused by hereditary factors can go on, and on, and on.
What are the arguments against cryonics?
It’s expense may be the most potent argument against cryonics. It is expensive to maintain a sub- zero temperature and the idea of doing so for years and, perhaps multiple decades, makes it fiscally impossible except for the very rich.
Many scientists and doctors have said that cryonics is not a practical option. A person who is cryopreserved is essentially put on ice until a future civilization can create a machine to revive them. You have to believe in the scientific possibility of this to be willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars on the procedure. Even if you do, you’d have to plan ahead and have money to cover the cost for the entire procedure, which would take many, many years. There are also significant health risks associated with the procedure, most notably brain damage caused by the extreme cold.
Cryonics is unproven: The science behind cryonics has been tested a few times, with mixed results. There’s never been a successful case of bringing someone back to life that was cryopreserved.
Who supports the process of cryonics?
The world’s major cryonics companies are all located in the United States and Russia. Also, to date, people who support the process of cryonics include the former president of the European Parliament, a Nobel Prize winner, a US Senator from New Hampshire, and the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Why might cryonic preservation be a good option?
The main benefit of cryonics is that it may allow people to be brought back to life in the future.
What should you consider before making your decision concerning cryonic preservation?
Cryonics is an expensive process, it costs a few hundred thousand to thousands of thousands of dollars to do it. There is a long waiting list to be put on the list to have the procedure done. It will be many years before it is your turn to be sent into the future. Should you consider this procedure? How do you even know you are dying, or could die, and you should think about cryonics? Many question whether cryonics is a “real option” for someone to have their future sped up by the amount of money it costs. The answer is, it is a real option, it’s just that there are some big hurdles before you can make it a reality.
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