That is not dead that can eternal lie,
Centuries march by
While most transhumanists are quite convinced that life extension will be possible, most agree that it will take several years (or decades/centuries) before immortality becomes practical. And in the meantime there is a non-zero chance that you die from accidents or disease, regardless of how healthy your lifestyle is.
One answer to this problem is cryonics, or rather cryonic suspension; the technique of freezing the body to so low temperatures that it does not decay significantly. If misfortune strikes, you could be suspended until medical techniques have been developed far enough to revive you and cure you.
Cryonics is currently a big gamble, and even the enthusiasts acknowledge that there are many unsolved problems. But there is little to loose by choosing cryonic suspension: either it will work and restoration methods will be developed and used in the far future, or it won't:
What is Cryonics? by Mike O'Neal. A short listing of the words.
Many Are Cold But Few Are Frozen: A Physican Considers Cryonics by 1994 Steven B. Harris, M.D. The ideas and history of cryonics.
The eternal problem by Gerry Byrne (Electronic Telegraph).
CryoNet Reference Files. Reference texts about cryonics, both technical and popular.
Cryonic Suspension by Henry Kluytmans. An overview of the arguments for cryonics and answer to some common questions.
Cryonics and Overpopulation. One of the most common arguments against life extension and cryonics is the risk of overpopulation. This posting shows why this isn't a real problem.
MADison Avenue Meets Cryonics? by Kevin Q. Brown. About the problems and techniques for marketing cryonics.
The Legal Status of Cryonics Patients by Stephen Bridge.
Frozen Souls: Can a religious person choose cryonics? by Stephen Bridge. Cryonics tends to raise religious questions, often confusing the issue.
LifePact. One common argument against cryonics is that there is no guarantee for being revived by future humans. LifePact is a network for suspendees that will seek to revive each other when possible in order to increase the chances of revival. See also cryonet postings on the subject.
BioPreservation, Inc.. A cryopreservation provider and research organization.
Introducing Venturism. A predominantly Libertarian group advocating cryonic suspension.
21st Century Medicine Seminar Summary State of the art in cryobiology
Cryonics, Cryptography, and Maximum Likelihood Estimation by by Ralph C. Merkle.
Premedication of Human Cryopreservation Patients by Michael Darwin.
How Cold Is Cold Enough? by Hugh Hixon. How cold must cryonic suspension be to be feasible?
Cryonics, The Home Town Way by Steve Bridge. About the practical planning of a cryonic suspension.
Neurosuspension: Head First into the Future by Steve Bridge. About neurosuspension.
Organ Cryopreservation by Gregory M. Fahy, PhD. About methods of cryopreserve organs. !INTRO
Announcement about Cryopreservation of Rat Hearts. As of June 1998, this still remains controversial, best to be taken with a grain of salt.
A Short History of Cryonics by Charles Platt
The Societ for Recovery of Persons Apparently Dead by Steven B. Harris, Ph.D. Resuscitation through history.
Cryonics Page by Ralph C. Merkle. A very clear explanation of the area.
Active Life Extension by Trygve B. Bauge. Perhaps more about freedom than cryonics.
Lebensverlängerung durch Kryonik (in german).
Cryobiology Scientific journal about ow temperature biology and medicine. Although cryobiologists aren't fond of cryonics (fearing that it brings a bad name to the subject), cryobiological research is very relevant for cryonics.
The Prospect of Immortality by Robert C.W. Ettinger. The book that started the cryonics movement in fulltext.
The First Immortal by James L. Halperin. Website about a novel about cryonics, transhumanism and the future.
Becoming Immortal: Nanotechnology, You, and the Demise of Death by Wesley M. Du Charme, Ph.D. Book about nanotechnology and how it might make life extension, cryonics and immortalism possible.sci.cryonics
Anders Sandberg / email@example.com 2000-03-11