“I’ve been to the year 3000”

My infatuation with the talented singer Nick Jonas has grown recently after viewing his incredible performance on the American Music Awards. While joyfully listening to his station on Pandora, the song “Year 3000” came on and gave me an incredibly interesting blog post idea.The lyrics reference having the opportunity to meet your descendants long after your death. Mortality is embedded in the definition of a human being. People have been attempting to fight this mortal aspect of their existence since the beginning of time. Many researchers and scientists feel as though we may be on the tract to resurrecting people from the dead- thus completely and utterly transforming life as we know it.

The Alcor Website defines Cryonics as “an effort to save lives by using temperatures so cold that a person beyond help by today’s medicine might be preserved for decades or centuries until a future medical technology can restore that person to full health”.ABC News did a story on Cryonic’s technology for life institute which was opened in 1976 by scientist Robert Ettinger. Since then, nearly 200 people have been frozen in this institute with the hope of someday being revived. Each body costs $28,000 to freeze and store until it can be thawed. One argument against cryonics adressed by Dr. Kenneth Goodman is that, “If you have enough money (for cryonics), then you have enough money to help somebody in need today.” New generations enter the world and old ones leave it- depressing but valid. Some people believe that the cost is too outrageous to even attempt researching resurrection. Many critics can not wrap their brains around the phenomenon and feel that, “b;elieving cryonics could reanimate somebody who has been frozen is like believing you can turn hamburger back into a cow.” The Alcor Life Extension Foundation refutes this point with scientific evidence that “structural preservation of brain tissue in the presence of high concentrations of cryoprotectant is excellent”. Life can be stopped and restarted if the cell structure is preserved sufficiently well as seen with human embryos or people that are revived after experiencing serious trauma. Adding high concentrations of chemicals called cryoprotectants to cells permits tissue to be cooled to very low temperatures with little or no ice formation, thus safely preserving organs. Extensive research is being done with nanotechnology on regeneration and tissue repair, thus providing the potential to fix revived subject’s injuries. Another major argument people have against cryonics is that we are making a large assumption that future generations will want to carry on the attempt to put research and money into reviving frozen subjects.

On September 12, 2015, The New York Times published an article on a 23 year old women named Kim Suozzi diagnosed with terminal cancer who made the decision to have her brain frozen in the hopes of a second chance at life later on. Here is a touching video describing her first hand experience with cryogenics.

Here is a list of people that have chosen to by cryonically preserved and their stories.

In conclusion, the entire question of cryonics is extremely controversial and both sides have passionate defenders of their theories. There is still an immense amount of research to be done before any major gains are made. It can be seen as an experiment, the controls being the general population and the experimental group being the brave few who dare to attempt breaking the bounds fo mortality.

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3 thoughts on ““I’ve been to the year 3000”

  1. tfm5071

    I find this topic and post very interesting. People who are freezing themselves in hopes of having their brains revived in the future with advanced medicine and science does bring up some controversy with religion but if this eventually does happen I think that it will be a great accomplishment for science and medicine. The people paying to be frozen could use their money to help others but it is their choice to do what they want with. Being revived after years of being frozen dead would be extremely weird I think. Not knowing anyone and having to adjust to what year and all the new changes in the world. There’s also the chance that this does not work and medicine will never get to the point where it can bring back someones frozen brain.

  2. amp6199

    This is a very interesting concept. I could understand why people would find the cost to be outrageous, because if someone is going to freeze their brain, they would come back years and years from now and wouldn’t know anyone left on earth. I think that that situation could actually be quite depressing for people. I could also see people not thinking it was very moral (such as the Catholic Church), and they would probably use the argument that people should feel blessed with the life God gave them. This situation would probably cause a lot of arguments, but it is so far into the future that it may not be worth arguing about now. It’s amazing what technology may be able to do in the future, what an amazing world we live in. This was a great post.

  3. las6099

    I was really interested in your blog post and in the controversy over cryonics. I do agree with you that with the money that it takes to freeze a body, there are so many people who’s lives could have changed. There are so many people in the world who lack a roof over their head, who lack food and water, and who lack medical care. But there are still people out there spending tens of thousands of dollars on something that seems impossible? It does seem unethical. However, there was once a day where they said that man could never fly, and that man could never walk on the moon. There were years and years before proper vaccinations and treatments for now treatable diseases killed hundreds of thousands of people. Without experimentation, researching, and unfortunately extensive funding, none of this would have been possible. Would brining someone back to life be a positive advancement in the field of medicine and science? Sure, it might be. However, it also depends on your personal beliefs and morals.

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