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Frequently Asked Questions about Cryonics

This FAQ about Cryonics was compiled and written by Tim Freeman tim@infoscreen.com with numerous contributions by others.

-2-1. Has anyone been successfully revived from cryonic suspension?
No. Fortunately, successful cryonics is a two-step process:...
-2-2. What advances need to be made before people frozen now have a chance of being revived? (Cryonics)
A number of advances in basic areas of research such as medicine,...
-2-3. Is there any government or university supported research on cryonics specifically?
There was suspended animation research sponsored by NASA as late ...
-2-4. What is the procedure for freezing people? (Cryonics)
Read an account of a cryonic suspension. Briefly, circulation ...
-2-5. How can one get a more detailed account of a suspension? (Cryonics)
Cryomsgs 601 and 602 are The Transport of Patient A-1312 (28K bytes)...
-2-6. Is there damage from oxygen deprivation during a suspension? (Cryonics)
Not if the suspension happens under good circumstances. One of ...
-2-7. Do memories require an ongoing metabolism to support them, like RAM in a computer? (Cryonics)
No. Here's a relevant quote, supplied by Brian Wowk:...
-2-8. If these frozen people are revived, will it be easy to cure them of whatever disease made them clinically die? (Cryonics)
Repairing the freezing damage looks much harder than curing ...
-2-9. If I'm frozen and then successfully revived, will my body be old? (Cryonics)
No. Old age is a disease that ought to be easier to cure than ...
-2-10. Why is freezing in liquid nitrogen better than other kinds of preservation, such as drying or embalming?
Straightforward chemical arguments lead to the conclusion ...
-2-11. What is vitrification?
(Next paragraph copied from CRYOMSG 6 posted by Kevin Brown)...
-2-12. How is the baboon? Did it live? Any brain damage? (Cryonics)
According to Art Quaife as of 14 Jul 92, the baboon is well and ...
-2-13. Who has successfully kept dogs cold for hours? Did they survive? Any brain damage?
Several people have achieved that. The first cryonics organization ...
-2-14. Who froze the roundworms? What happened? (Cryonics)
(This text is quoted with slight modifications from CRYOMSG 790 ...
-2-15. What were the circumstances under which cat brains produced normal-looking brain waves after being frozen?
This was reported by I. Suda and A.C. Kito in Nature, 212, 268-270 (1966)....
-2-16. Would it be possible to use some improvement on modern CAT or MRI scanners to infer enough about the structure of a brain to reconstruct the memories and personality?
This was discussed on the cryonics mailing list some time back. ...
-2-17. Does background radiation cause significant damage to suspendees? (Cryonics)
No. Ralph Merkle addresses this in in the cryonet archive, ...
-3-1. Are the frozen people dead? (Cryonics)
Using the definitions in the glossary, they are legally ...
-3-2. Is cryonics suicide?
No. People only get suspended if they are legally dead. ...
-3-3. What about overpopulation? (Cryonics)
At present, an insignificant fraction of the population ...
-3-4. When are two people the same person? (Cryonics)
Cryonics and, especially, the technologies required to ...
-3-5. What if they repair the freezing damage (and install a new body, in the case of neurosuspension), and the resulting being acts and talks as though it were me, but it isn't really me?
The answer to this obviously depends on which notion ...
-3-6. What would happen if people didn't age after reaching adulthood? (Cryonics)
Ecology: We might be better stewards of this planet if ...
-3-7. Would it be better to be suspended now or later? (Cryonics)
In general, one should live as long as possible and be suspended ...
-3-8. Why would anyone be revived? (Cryonics)
CRFT gives a detailed answer on pages 46 - 47. ...
-3-9. Is there a conflict between cryonics and religious beliefs?
If revival is possible, cryonic suspension is in no greater ...
-3-10. Is attempting to extend life consistent with Christianity?
This answer quoted from the Q&A list in CRFT:...
-4-1. Why do cryobiologists have such a low opinion of cryonics? How did this start, and how does it continue?
Cryobiologists are scientists who study the effects of cold on ...
-4-2. Who made the statement about reviving a frozen person being similar to reconstructing the cow from hamburger? (Cryonics)
The cryobiologist Arthur Rowe is responsible for promoting ...
-4-3. What was the Dora Kent case? (Cryonics)
Dora Kent is the mother of Saul Kent, a longtime supporter ...
-4-4. What about that fellow in the news with the brain tumor? (Cryonics)
His name is Thomas Donaldson. His tumor is not growing at present,...
-5-1. What are the pros and cons of neurosuspension (only freezing the head)?
(The next two paragraphs are taken from CRYOMSG 6 posted by Kevin Brown.)...
-5-2. How many people have chosen neurosuspension over whole-body suspension? (This question has only a partial answer.)
The different organizations market neurosuspension differently, ...
-6-1. How many people are frozen right now? (Cryonics)
The July 1992 issue of Cryonics magazine, published by the ...
-6-2. How is suspension paid for? (Cryonics)
The person who makes the cryonics arrangements pays for suspension,...
-6-3. How will reanimation be paid for? (Cryonics)
The cryonics organization, relatives, or some charity will pay ...
-6-4. What suspension organizations are available? (Cryonics)
For a complete list of cryonics suspension organizations and ...
-6-5. How can I get financial statements for the various organizations to evaluate their stability? (Cryonics)
At this point the best option is to send them paper mail or ...
-6-6. How hard will these people work to freeze me? (Cryonics)
The Dora Kent case described above is an example. See question 4-3....
-6-7. What obligations do the suspension organizations have to the people they have suspended? Will they pay for revival and rehabilitation?
Alcor's Consent for Cryonic Suspension states there are ...
-6-8. How long has this been going on? (Cryonics)
Robert Ettinger proposed the idea in The Prospect of ...
-6-9. How much of the resources of the cryonics organizations are reserved for reviving patients?
Alcor's approach to this is discussed in detail in CRFT ...
-6-10. How can uncooperative relatives derail suspensions? (Cryonics)
Someone confronted with the death of a close relative is likely to ...
-6-11. How should I deal with relatives who will not cooperate with my suspension arrangements? (Cryonics)
Use a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care to prevent ...
-6-12. What if my spouse does not approve of my suspension arrangements? (Cryonics)
The legal maneuvers described in Question 6-11 apply here as well....
-6-13. What practical things can I do to increase my chances of being suspended well? (Cryonics)
Since no existing cryonics organization has the resources to establish ...
-6-14. How can I pay for my own revival and rehabilitation, and keep some of my financial assets after revival? (Cryonics)
The Reanimation Foundation is set up to enable you to take it with ...
-6-15. Is Walt Disney frozen?
No. There was a time when all of the cryonics organizations ...
-7-1. Why does cryonics cost so much?
Alcor has available a 15-page $3.00 reprint on The Cost of Cryonics....
-7-2. Is anyone getting rich from cryonics? What are the salaries at these organizations like?
In December 1990, Cryonics magazine reported that the Board ...
-8-1. How can I get more information? (Cryonics)
Steve Bridge's Introduction to Cryonics gives a quick, three-...
-8-2. What is a cryomsg? How do I fetch one?
There has been a cryonics mailing list since July 1988. To get ...
-9-1 Words to Use (cryonics vocabulary)
CRFT has a glossary on pp. 57 - 58....
-9-1 Words Not to Use (cryonics vocabulary)
corpsicle - Pejorative synonym for suspended person....
-9-1 Words To Use In Jest (cryonics vocabulary)
flexionally disabled - frozen ...









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