The weird world of the cryogenically frozen. From freezers in the basement to sheds in the garden, cryonics and the promise of a second life has captured many imaginations.
In 1962, Robert Ettinger – the “father of cryonics” published a book called The Prospect of Immortality,
in which he promoted the idea that future technological advances could be used to bring people back from a frozen state.
In the 1970s, he and his colleagues founded the Cryonics Institute, a not-for-profit organisation that offers cryopreservation of the human body after death. “Clearly, the freezer is more attractive than the grave, even if one has doubts about the future capabilities of science.” said Ettinger, in his book. “With bad luck, the frozen people will simply remain dead, as they would have in the grave.
But with good luck … the likely prize is so enormous that even slender odds would be worth embracing.”
If Ettinger ever succeeds with his ambition to be reanimated in the future, he may awaken to an awkward situation – he is currently frozen at the Cryonics Institute alongside both his first and second wives.
It costs a minimum of about $200,000 to have a full body preserved and stored at Alcor Life Extension Foundation Having just the head preserved comes in at around $80,000. Most people use their life insurance to pay for such procedures.
After being preserved, full-body clients are wrapped in a kind of sleeping bag, then placed head down in tanks of liquid nitrogen. This is to make sure that if liquid nitrogen levels were to drop, the head would be the last organ to be affected.
Culled from TheNewScientist,