Annalee Newitz apparently thinks cryonics is creepy.
Her favorite comment on the photo collection of dewars (scary!) was this articulate one:
Question: is cryonics any more “creepy” than what we already do with bodies where metabolism has ceased?
Human beings are largely unaware about the gruesome nature of â€œdeathâ€.
Humans also shy away from the mutilation that occurs during hospital surgery.
Hollywood films portray cryonics in a glamorous high-tech manner that makes it appear that oneâ€™s body can easily be placed into a capsule and frozen for future revival.
Reality is that cryopreservation involves complex surgery whereby tubes are inserted into major arteries and veins in order to deliver special anti-freeze solutions into the brain. The purpose is to reduce or eliminate freezing damage and other types of damage to brain cells. The process involves introducing stabilizing drugs and a special solution in the field and a major procedure in an operating room.
Thereâ€™s nothing pretty about human cryopreservation, but as youâ€™ll read, the alternatives are truly ghastlyâ€”and every …