Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Talk about bad luck.

Most people or let's say a lot of people anyway, are buried in a traditional manner, traditional being coffin in the ground or cremation. However, there are those among us who opt for whatever reasons to be cryogenically frozen in anticipation that science will find a way to revive them and they will live on. Why one would want to live on after living a full life i.e. well into one's senior years, is worthy of a thought of two but anyway...

So in France two founders of the cryonic movement, a married couple, opt to have their bodies frozen after death in a freezer. They die and as requested their son respects their wishes and for twenty-two years, they are kept frozen stiff (in the true sense of the word) in a freezer. There is no information provided in which section they were stored but anyway...

Somehow the freezer broke down - maybe wear-and-tear...who knows and we're all aware of what happens when you defrost frozen things. Once the internal temperature of the freezer rose to above the desired temperature level of -65C (85F), the son opted to cremate the couple. The husband who died of a stroke at the ripe old age of 84, was a doctor and spent decades anticipating his death, believing that if he was frozen and preserved, scientists would be able to bring him back to life by 2050.

Let's say for argument's sake that this was possible and plausible in that cryogenics and futuristic medicine would allow people to continue their life span. What quality of life would he (and his wife) have had coming back to life at 84? Why would anyone want to?

It's one thing to preserve a wedding bouquet but I'll pass on being put on ice.


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