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Legendary TV Personality Larry King Announces His Choice For Cryonics
A CNN article reports that author, television interviewer, and media personality Larry King told a group of high-profile dinner guests at gathering soon to be broadcast as a CNN television special, "I want to be frozen on the hope that they'll find whatever I died of and bring me back."
King made the statement at his Beverly Hills home for a party hosted by him and his wife, Shawn. The guests included celebrities such as Conan O'Brien, Tyra Banks, Shaquille O'Neal, Seth MacFarlane, Jack Dorsey, and Quincy Jones
The show, "CNN Presents: A Larry King Special: Dinner with the Kings" will air at 8 p.m. ET Sunday December 18.
The show, "CNN Presents: A Larry King Special: Dinner with the Kings" will air at 8 p.m. ET Sunday December 18. The Cryonics Society will follow up with links to commentary and video as they become available online.
Below is a 1989 Larry King interview with author, transhumanist, and former United Nations commissioner F. M. Esfandiary, who is currently a cryonics patient at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.
Robert Ettinger, author of The Prospect Of Immortality, "father of cryonics," and one of the pioneer figures of the transhumanist movement, has been cryopreserved by the Cryonics Institute in Michigan.
Robert Ettinger, widely considered the "father of cryonics" as a result of the public impact of his book The Prospect of Immortality (1962), and also considered a pioneer of the transhumanist movement for his 1972 book, Man into Superman, was cryopreserved on July 23, 2011.
Ettinger was the founder of the Cryonics Institute, one of the top two leading cryopreservation organizations in the world. He served as its President from its beginnings in 1974 to 2003. Ettinger also founded the Immortalist Society, a nonprofit organization supportive of cryonics, and served from 1974 to 2003 as that group's President as well. His cryopreservation took place under optimal conditions, and his cryopreserved body will be maintained until resuscitative techniques can be developed at the Cryonics Institute main facility in Michigan, where his body will be kept in biostasis beside the cryopreserved bodies of his first and second wives, his mother, and many others inspired by his writings.Robert Ettinger: The Early Years
Robert Chester Wilson Ettinger was born on December 4, 1918 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His family background was Russian and Ashkanazi: he was the grandnephew of a conductor of the St. Petersburg opera, and a nephew (by marriage) of the great jazz man Pee Wee Russell, whose music he much admired. As Ettinger entered his twenties, World War Two began, and he joined the American armed forces as a second lieutenant infantryman in the United States Army, 1st Division, H Company, 18th Infantry Regiment, fighting in Europe. Severely wounded in battle in Germany, he received the Purple Heart and spent several years after the war recovering in an Army hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan.
In 1947 while in the hospital for his battle wounds, Ettinger discovered that research into biological implications of cryogenics was being done by a French biologist, Jean Rostand; Ettinger wrote a short story extending the concept, postulating human cryopreservation as a pathway to more sophisticated future medical technology: in effect, a form of one-way medical time travel. The story, "The Penultimate Trump," was published in the March 1948 issue of Startling Stories and establishes Ettinger's priority as the first person to have presented the cryonics idea in plausible rather than fantasy terms.
Prior to enlisting, Ettinger had spent one semester at the University of Michigan. Upon recovery, he enrolled at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he earned a BA and MA in physics, and then a second MA in mathematics. He became an instructor at Wayne State, teaching physics and mathematics, and then turned down the offer of an Assistant Professorship at Wayne to teach at Highland Park Community College in Michigan. It was a time made happier by the birth of his son David in 1951 and his daughter Shelley in 1954.
The notion of human medical cryopreservation which he had outlined in the story he wrote while recuperating continued to occupy him, and he began collecting the notes and research for a non-fiction work which would explore this new field of medical science: 'cryonics'.
By 1962 he had competed a manuscript: The Prospect Of Immortality, which he published privately and sent to friends and scientists. Comment was rich and vigorous, and the book caught the attention of Doubleday publishers, who sent a copy to Isaac Asimov to see if the ideas had any validity. Asimov gave it a clean scientific bill of health, and Doubleday published it in 1964.
It was a historic moment. "The Prospect Of Immortality ultimately went through nine languages and four editions," science author Ed Regis observed, "and became the bible of the cryonics movement".The Cryonics Movement
Ettinger had made a comprehensive and definitive case in favor of cryonics and of pursuing further research into cryonics. He expected that prominent scientists and physicians to come to the same conclusion, and that research and public support would follow as a matter of course. That proved not to be the case. Ettinger became a media celebrity, discussed in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Paris Match, Der Spiegel, Christian Century, and dozens of other periodicals. He appeared on television with David Frost, Johnny Carson, Steve Allen, and spoke on radio programs coast-to-coast to promote his idea. The idea soon become common coin, but concrete facilities to provide cryopreservation services, and funds to advance research, were nowhere to be seen. Ettinger lamented that "a great many people have to be coaxed into admitting that life is better than death, healthy is better than sick, smart is better than stupid, and immortality might be worth the trouble!"
That said, virtually everyone active in cryonics today can trace their involvement, directly or indirectly, to the publication of The Prospect Of Immortality and Ettinger's efforts to promote its central ideas. Those most concerned, and most appalled, by the lack of vigorous efforts by others to develop cryonics and provide cryonics services, soon took matters into their own hands, forming the first Cryonics Societies, and, in time, the first cryonics services providers. In 1966 Ettinger became President of the Cryonics Society of Michigan (CSM), and in 1976 CSM was transformed under the direction of Ettinger into the Cryonics Institute (CI) and the Immortalist Society (IS). Later that year Ettinger's mother, Rhea Ettinger, became CI's first patient.
The next decades were difficult ones -- though ultimately rewarding. Negative media coverage led to negative public perception and social indifference. As a result early pro-cryonics efforts and advocates suffered across the spectrum from a lack of badly needed support, whether financial, professional, or organizational. Admission of interest in cryonics commonly resulted in ridicule, advocacy of cryonics could result in professional censure, and the uncertain legal status of cryonics led to repeated court struggles to establish its legitimacy, and continual fears that destructive government interference could end the cryonics movement with the stroke of a pen. Membership growth and scientific advance was slow -- but also constant. In time, the number of cryopreserved patients passed the hundred mark, the number of members signing up for cryopreservation passed the thousand mark, prominent scientists and scholars made public declarations of support for the emerging science, and medically approved cryopreservation-related advances from vitrification to nanomedicine to cryosurgery grew slowly but ever more surely.
Ettinger himself fought the good fight into the twenty-first century, and fought it well. Whether continuing to advise and represent the cryonics firm he had founded, or deep in the thick of online debate, whether making himself available to email questions from strangers or advancing his views to interviewers from leading international media, Robert Ettinger struggled for his life-giving vision with all the astute intelligence he possessed. He lived to see that vision move ever more closely to becoming reality, and so we must assume that his own passage into cryopreservation was marked by the courage and optimism he so often displayed.
As he wrote: "The 'tragedy' of the slow growth of immortalism pertains... not so much to me or to us, the committed immortalists. We already have made our arrangements for cryostasis after clinical death, signed our contracts with existing organizations, and allocated the money.
"We will have our chance, and with a little bit of luck will 'taste the wine of centuries unborn'.
The award-Winning new documentary film How To Live Forever shows life extension and cryonics in a new and positive light
Documentary filmmaker Mark Wexler's How To Live Forever showcases a variety of fascinating scientific advances from cryonics to calorie restriction that are extending the boundaries of the human lifespan and the experience of aging. The film, which also includes thought-provoking interviews with centenarians, scientists, writers such as Ray Bradbury, longevity experts, and avowed cryonicists such as Aubrey de Grey, Ray Kurzweil and others, encourages viewers to explore new anti-aging developments and possibilities as both serious option and high entertainment.
Here is a preview:
Opening on May 13th in New York City, How To Live Forever has received rave reviews in magazines ranging from Variety to AARP. The film will then expand to theaters throughout the country
Learn more about How To Live Forever at the film's web site at www.liveforevermovie.com
The Cryonics Society extends its public educational work to social media's fastest growing venue
With over 45 million members and hundreds of thousands more joining daily, Twitter has become a social networking phonomenon. And following its mission statement to better inform and educate the public about cryonics and related life extension developments, the Cryonics Society has created a FutureNews page there to provide the latest breaking news about cryonics and much more.
The name is FutureNewsItems and the format is a stream of 140-character notes, quotes, and links bringing followers the latest and the best news in the corld of cryonics and beyond.
Want free newsflashes about the brand new world that's coming? Twitter users can go straight to FutureNewsItems and just click follow. Non-Twitter users can get on the bandwagon by signing on at www.twitter.com, joining in on the global conversation, and doing the same. Follow our tweets and send us yours today!
Crionica.org Organizes First Cryonics Conference in Spain
Crionica.org, a pro-cryonics organization in Spain, is organizing the First Cryonics Conference in Spain, and are looking for sponsors.
Active since 2005, the main objectives of Crionica.org since 2005 have been researching, distributing information, and promoting cryonics to Spanish-speaking audiences, as well as providing practical assistance on cryonics arrangements in Spain and Latin and South America, both independently and, where appropriate and when possible, with Alcor and the Cryonics Institute.
Coordinated by cryonics advocate Javier Ruiz, the team and its project is seeking sponsors.
The Conference program and speakers include:
"The cryonics community has been analyzing and has promoted research for over 40 years a field interested in the preservation of organisms. The idea is of course, that individuals undergoing such process can be reanimated in the near or long term future. The present text has the purpose of helping lobby for legislation that would regulate cryonics and protect those citizens that may opt for such procedure. One that with ethical and legal-logical arguments may permit that an individual could opt for it at any time and not just at the time of the legal declaration of death. The basis for such a goal must come from the evidence that re-animation is, in fact, possible and that a sector of the society could request such service. I will comment on several results and scientific experiences that have brought us to this stage as well as the points of view of social and political groups."
"When the spanish Constitution was worded in 1978, we hardly had heard about cryonics. Obviously, we knowledge of the cryionic activities was still less in 1974, when the Funeral Health Policy was announced by the Franco's regime. So, we will briefly interpret what we can deduce from the spanish Constitution in order to make possible the cryonic practice in Spain. Following to this historical introduction, we will analyse, more specifically, the Decree 2263/1974, published 20th july, that passed the Funeral Health Policy Regulations, main regulatory rule of our legal code on funeral matters. Subsequently, the most of the Autonomous Communities have developed that Decree. After this analysis, we will be able to explain the necessary steps which will help us to introduce the cryonic practice into Spain within the law. We will analyse the possible consequences of that introduction as well, according to the ambiguity of the Decree's phrasing. Finally, we will expound the legal concepts which would be seriously affected by the cryonic practice in Spain, such as legal death, inheritance or property, among others. These legal concepts would need a very important legal and social change, in favor of the individual freedom."
"In the case of patients who want to bet on the possibility of continuing to live when the current medicine can not save their lives, there is the option of cryopreservation, which involves not only a tanatological procedure different from embalming, burial or cremation, despite it is made immediately after they are pronounced "died". It represents a real alternative to euthanasia and to most of the so-called "natural deaths". These experimental medical techniques have evolved dramatically in recent years and are carried out today in specialized centers like Alcor and the Cryonics Institute in the U.S. Patients typically arrive to these centres with a previous stand-by procedure, which can also be made in places like the United Kingdom. However, so little of this has been advanced so far in Europe or other countries. In the GIB (Group of Bio-Medical Engineering) and Crionica.org from Spain, we are developing specific patents and prototype equipment suited to the features of local environment and facilities to implement a new kind of medical cryopreservation service described here."
For further information, please visit www.crionica.org.
Can Obama's pick for Surgeon General give cryonics a new lease on life?
President-elect Barack Obama's reported choice for Surgeon General is a neurosurgeon and CNN medical reporter who's written favorably about radical life extension methods -- including cryonics.
Will a more cryonics-friendly Administration mean greater support and tolerance for cryonics and cryonicists?
Only time will tell. But based on the track record of Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Obama's reported pick, prospects have never looked better. Dr. Gupta is the author of Chasing Life: New Discoveries In The Search for Immortality, and has even been the subject of an interview with the Life Extension Foundation, which published a discussion with Dr. Gupta in its August 2007 magazine.
It may still be a while before radical life extension is generally accepted by the medical community. But the new Obama administration seems definitely to be moving in the right direction.
Paris Hilton -- cryonics activist?
As BANG Showbiz reports, "Paris Hilton wants to be frozen with her beloved pets when she dies. The hotel heiress is keen to live forever and has invested a large sum of money in the world's biggest suspended animation cemetery, Cryonics Institute."
The story is incorrect, both in its characterization of the Cryonics Institute and regarding Miss Hilton. It is apparently a media hoax. Unofficial sources have informed the Cryonics Society that reports of the actress' commitment have no basis in reality.
Cryonics Institute membership policy includes a privacy clause which prevents the Institute from either confirming or denying whether a given individual is a member of the Institute, so direct disconfirmation from the Cryonics Institute has not been forthcoming. However, the Cryonics Institute is a not-for-profit organization, it welcomes donations, and as such not open to private commerical investment.
It is possible that the rumors may reach and interest Miss Hilton in cryonics, and her membership in or support of any cryonics organization would certainly be welcome. All available evidence at the moment suggests that that has not happened at this time.
The worldwide publicity attendant on the announcement, however, has a number of people in the cryonics movement thinking that making a more active effort to interest public figures in cryonics may well be a smart move.
Said CS Secretary David Pascal in a recent magazine interview, "Would it be possible to persuade a publicity agent that, if publicity at any price is good, worldwide publicity for the price of an Alcor membership would be a good bargain indeed? I think so. If Qaballah can get Madonna in the papers for months, why can't cryonics?"
If there is one thing that cryonics is undoubtedly good at getting, it's media attention. And in an age of instant publicity, will it be long before stars of every kind learn from the Paris Hilton story and join the bandwagon? Time will tell.
One of the richest and fastest-growing areas in the world wants to know more about cryonics.
Xpress — Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is the fastest-growing city on earth and a favorite spot of the super-rich, spending vast sums on construction and bidding to become a global maritime power, according to Adam Nicolson of the Guardian.
And among its influential residents' many interests? Cryonics.
Xpress, Dubai's leading popular daily news publication, recently interviewed Cryonics Society secretary David Pascal and Cryonics Institute President Ben Best to learn more about cryonics and the promise it holds for extending human life. The interview, currently online, can be read here.
Cryonics has sometimes been criticized -- wrongly -- for being a practice affordable only by the very rich. In fact, cryopreservation is often funded by life insurance policies, allowing those who are interested to fund suspensions with monthly payments low enough to make it comparable to Cable.
But the support of wealthy individuals has been a crucial factor in the growth and survival of the cryonics movement. If the Dubai article is any indicator of growing interest from such sectors, it may be a promising sign itself.
It's not only safe, it may well be a plus, according to celebrated gerontologist and cryonics advocate Dr. Aubrey de Grey.
Arizona — Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a distinguished biomedical gerontologist at the Department of Genetics at the University of Cambridge.
The author of many books and papers, most recently Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime, Dr. de Grey four years ago made public his intention to be cryopreserved with the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.
At the 7th Alcor Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. de Grey discussed the reasons for his decision to make his support for cryonics public knowledge, and the consequences, in a presentation entitled, “Is It Safe for a Biologist to Support Cryonics Publicly?”
Is it safe? It may well be an intelligent move, according to Dr. de Grey, who concluded his presentation by saying, "I made the right decision four years ago to go public with my cryonics membership. I have had remarkably little difficulty in maintaining the credibility that I’ve had and hardly ever been criticized on that basis."
"As time goes forward over the next few years, more and more people will find themselves, like me, in the position where it becomes, if anything, actually expedient to support cryonics publicly, relative to condemning it for reasons that don’t make biological sense."
"Cryonics is the key word inspiring the dream of eternal life"
BERLIN (AFP) — "Cryonics is the key word inspiring the dream of eternal life," said Germany's Zeughaus Museum in a statement about its recent exhibition of preserved human specimens.
The Zeughaus exhibition, in the southwestern city of Mannheim, is entitled "Mummies -- The Dream of Eternal Life" and present 70 preserved specimens that have been naturally and artificially mummified, from Egypt and Asia, to the Americas, the Pacific Islands and Europe.
The highlights of the exhibit are the 'Windeby Girl', a young girl found in a peat bog in northern Germany in the 1950s, and a 3,000-year-old pet dog preserved complete with fur.
But in a step that shows the increasing popular interest in and scientific acceptance of cryonics, the exhibition is also taking a forward-looking glance at methods with which the body could be preserved in the future with advanced freezing techniques.
For more information on the show, visit Google News.
Salman Rushdie On The Eloquence Of Cryonics
The continuing awareness of cryonics in the public imagination has been confirmed again in a review in the New Statesman by author Salman Rushdie of a public gallery exhibition of works by the celebrated photographer Taryn Simon.
Observes Rushdie, "her images easily hold their own, even when accompanied by the most astonishing information. The smoky, white-on-white portrait of the degree-zero cryogenic preservation pod in which the bodies of the mother and wife of the cryonics pioneer Robert Ettinger lie frozen," he adds, speaks "...so eloquently of our fear of death and our dreams of immortality that few words are necessary."
For more information and a larger view of the gallery image, titled "Cryopreservation Unit", visit www.tarynsimon.com.
Scientific Justification For Cryonics Protocol
The best scientific defense of cryonics ever?
The article is now available in PDF form and is downloadable in full by clicking Scientific Justification of Cryonics Protocol by Benjamin P. Best.
Those interested in reading more from Ben Best can access his cryonics writing and many other articles at his personal web page, The World Of Ben Best.
Advances In Human Cryopreservation
Suspended Animation Announces May 2007 Meeting To Discuss Cryonics-Related Scientific Advances
Suspended Animation will host a conference at the end of May 2007 to present important new information about cryonics research and development, and services. Under the broad title "Advances in Human Cryopreservation," the organization will present entirely new presentations and progress reports from of sources including 21st Century Medicine, Critical Care Research, Suspended Animation, the Alcor Foundation, the Cryonics Institute, and the American Cryonics Society.
The conferrence will provide information about perhaps the most ambitious research plan yet attempted in the history of cryobiology, describing the first stage of an effort to achieve reversible whole-body vitrification without the need for cell repair via nanotechnology.
The meeting will also offer tours of the Suspended Animation facility, and a close-up introduction to SA and its services and efforts. SA's three directors and staff of seven employees will be available to meet and speak with those attending.
Cryonics On Google and YouTube
Print information about cryonics has been available online since the early days of the net, but supporters, journalists and now independent artists are turning to digital video to spread the word.
Or just click and visit our Featured Cryonics Videos page!
Whole Families Signing Up For Cryonics: A New Trend
"More people are taking it seriously as a means of protection for their entire families," said Tanya Jones, chief operating officer for Alcor, the largest cryonics provider in the United States. Jones noted that this is a recent trend in cryonics, which, she said, had previously drawn its membership mostly from young, educated single males.
Cryonics is by no means limited to the young, or to whole families. Cryonics patients have ranged from children to a 99-year-old man who passed away old age. Each remain under long-term monitoring and care until a revival process can be perfected and cures for the physical ailments that led to their suspension are found.
Hogan quotes the Alcor official as saying that medical advances such as cloning and stem cell research are making the possibility of cryonics more feasible for many. "Science fiction is becoming science fact on a daily basis," she said.
Is cost an obstacle, for families or individuals? Not necessarily, according to Rudi Hoffman, a certified financial planner in Florida who has helped with the financial arrangement for cryonics members at both Alcor and the Cryonics Institute, another major cryonics services provider, headquartered in Michigan.
"The cost of cryonics are normally handled through life insurance," says Hoffman. "The actual monthly investment to that insurance can be less than a daily cup of coffee at Starbucks."
Hoffman explained that most his clients are not wealthy. Roughly three-fourths have incomes of $50,000 a year or less, he noted. Individuals in average health who fund their cryonic suspensions through life insurance can find insurance programs that allow them to pay premiums of as little as $28 a month or less.
"It's a small price to pay for even a chance at immortality," said Hoffman, adding, that through life insurance, "they can fund the entire family suspension."
New medical developments are coming at rapid, even radical, speeds. Americans are using alternative medicines and cutting-edge breakthroughs at an ever-accelerated pace.
Will cryonics suspension arrangements for the whole family be the next big social trend? At least one major daily is reporting on the possibility. Read the whole story here online.
Finnish Research Study Supports Cryopreservation
University of Helsinki researcher Anatoli Bogdan has announced that his research suggests cryopreservation may not only be possible, but may have taken a major step forward to becoming a reality.
Bogdan announced the discovery of a form of low-density amorphous ice produced by slowly supercooling diluted aqueous droplets. The ice metamorphoses into a highly viscous substance resembling glass and not water.
"That HVW is not a new form of water (meaning normal and glassy water are thermodynamically connected) may have some interesting practical implications in cryobiology, medicine, and cryonics," observed Bogdan. "It may seem fantastic, but the fact that in aqueous solution, [the] water component can be slowly supercooled to the glassy state and warmed back without crystallization implies that, in principle, if a suitable cryoprotectant is created, cells in plants and living matter could withstand a large supercooling and survive."
"Damage of the cells occurs due to the extra-cellular and intra-cellular ice formation which leads to dehydration and separation into the ice and concentrated unfrozen solution. If we could, by slow cooling/warming, supercool and then warm the cells without the crystallization of water then the cells would be undamaged."
Bogdan's study is slated to appear in the Journal of Physical Chemistry in July. More information can be found online in a breaking article released by the American Chemical Society, in a United Press International piece on the subject, and on the Discovery Channel web site, where Discovery Reports hails the new development in a feature article.
Cryonics Society Wins Government Approval
U.S. Government Grants Non-Profit Status To The Cryonics Society.
Tax-Deductible Contributions Can Now Be Accepted.
The Cryonics Society (http://www.CryonicsSociety.org) has been incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. The Cryonics Society is the only organization in the world today dedicated solely to the promotion and advancement of the emerging technology of cryonics.
Following an assessment of the organization by the United States government, the Cryonics Society was officially granted charitable status and can now receive tax-deductible contributions from supporters.
Cryonics Society leaders welcomed the government decision. They called it another example of a growing trend toward popular acceptance of the science of applying extreme low temperature technology to one day extend human life.
"We believe we're at the start of a new era in cryonics" said founder and President Nick Pavlica, citing a recent public statement of support signed by sixty doctors, scientists, and researchers in nanotechnology, nanomedicine, cryobiology, and other new medical technologies. The statement called for the acceptance of cryonics as a legitimate field of study and for more cryonics research.
"Cryonics used to be seen as science fiction," said Pavlica. "Now it's becoming science fact. People want to learn more about it. We're here to help."
Pavlica pointed out that recent research experiments have broken new ground in eliminating freezing damage in cryogenic conditions. Whole organs have been removed, stored at extreme low temperatures, then restored and used successfully in transplants.
"That used to be impossible." said Pavlica. "Now it's reality. Cryonics is like that too. It's just over the horizon. And when it arrives, it could save a lot of lives. Provided we can break the cycle of unthinking criticism and build more public support.
"That's the job of the Cryonics Society," he added.
The Cryonics Society was founded and led by publisher and mass marketing specialist Nick Pavlica, retired former international attorney Bruce Waugh, and author and marketing consultant David Pascal. The Society performs no cooling procedures itself. Nor does it maintain patients. The Cryonics Society devotes itself solely to educating, informing and assisting the public. It aims at fostering what it believes will be a growing groundswell of popular and financial support for the emerging new technology.
The Cryonics Society has already drawn attention for taking new initiatives to change public perceptions of the controversial practice. Last year it sent the first series of direct-mail mass mailings in history to the general public to gather greater support for cryonics.
The Society has also been in the forefront of using new information technologies such as podcasting, the internet, and online social networking. The organization has made efforts to garner support from major media firms, and has been cited positively in magazines and news articles.
The organization takes pains to distinguish itself from cryonics service providers, however.
"We definitely provide a service," said Society secretary David Pascal. "But not medical services. People need to better understand how cryonics can benefit them and society. They need information. We provide it in the form of educational material. We also provide it by supplying journalists with unbiased up-to-date information. We want to build a new and more accurate picture of cryonics and its possibilities in the minds of people and the research establishment.
"We want to expand people's options. To give them new opportunities for life, instead of just the certainty of death from diseases like cancer, diabetes, and AIDS. That means supporting technologies and efforts that extend life. That's what the Cryonics Society is here to do. And now, if people help the Society with a donation or by becoming a supporter, it's tax-deductible.
"We're on the verge of a new technology that could add more years to people's lives than anyone ever thought possible. All we need to make it happen is enough people working together to support it."
For additional information on this or other cryonics-related news items, contact David Pascal at the Cryonics Society's offices at 585-473-3321, or email us directly or via the web site at http://www.CryonicsSociety.org.
Free literature and ebooks about cryonics are available to the public at the Cryonics Society web site. Free subscriptions to FutureNews, the Cryonics Society electronic newsletter, are available there as well.
About the Cryonics Society:
The Cryonics Society, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the only registered nonprofit organization in the world dedicated solely to educating and informing the public about the emerging medical technology of cryonics, to working with and assisting existing media to ensure fair and accurate news coverage, and to helping raise funds for public education and legitimate research and development.
Cryonics is the science of using extreme low temperature to preserve and restore life. Since its conception, cryonics has had to struggle with negative and inaccurate perceptions. The goal of the Cryonics Society is to reverse this trend and accelerate the acceptance and development of what potentially may be the greatest life-saving technology ever conceived.
David Pascal, Secretary
The Cryonics Society, Inc.
585 - 473 - 3321
Letter From An American Soldier In Iraq To The Cryonics Institute
“To whom it may concern,
“I am writing this letter in preparation for my departure from a combat deployment with the United States Army. Upon said departure from Iraq, I will have been in country for approximately 12 months and away from home for 18. This should occur within the next 6 months.
“I realize that Cryonics is "the preservation of legally dead humans or pets at very low temperature (below -200�F, -130�C) in the hope that future science can restore them to life, youth and health," but I would like to make a special request. It involves the transport of a living being. My expectations of home are so vivid, and my excitement so immense, that I would ask you to show your "support for the troops" by using me in an experiment…”
Comments continue on an Open Letter to the Cryonics Institute, published in blog format by an American Lieutenant in Iraq.
Read one of the most moving letters from U.S. troops stationed in the conflict by clicking here…
Suspended Animation Research Promises New Solutions In Cancer Treatment
In 2005, scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for the first time successfully induced a state of reversible metabolic hibernation in mice. The triumph was the first demonstration of hibernation on demand ever produced in a mammal. Results were so promising that human trials are now scheduled within five years.
Could the development of such hibernation technologies produce a shorter-term form of suspended animation, amounting to a cryonics without extreme low temperatures? Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center argue that the new technology could lead to entirely new ways to approach the treatment of serious illnesses, including cancer. Read more at the Center’s web site…
The Ultimate Investment: The Wall Street Journal On Cryonics
“We can’t anticipate the science of the future,” observes Scott Swain, attorney to multimillionaire resort and casino founder Don Laughlin.
Laughlin is one of an increasing number of wealthy individuals leaving money in future trusts for the day they return from cryonic suspension, a legal and financial development making made front page news on the January 21, 2006 edition of the Wall Street Journal.
Laughlin, who is no stranger to calculating winning odds, observes, “I figure I have a better than even chance of coming back.”
The Wall Street Journal article details how wealthy American and foreign businessmen are pioneering new legal and financial arrangements, by creating so-called personal revival trusts geared to let them reclaim their wealth hundreds of years into the future.
Such arrangements are “more widespread” than A. Christopher Sega “originally thought,” says Sega, who’s created three revival trusts in the last year. Sega is a trusts and estates attorney at Venable LLP in Washington, and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University.
Attorneys and professors aren’t the only ones climbing on the cryonics bandwagon. Kenneth Weiss, co-founder of RSA Security, plans to be cryopreserved and is working with a Swiss bank to preserve his wealth right along with him.
Weiss, whose company created the SecurID computer-user-authentication card, retired in 1996 with RSA stock valued in the tens of millions of dollars. “People who are really taking this thing seriously have no need for notoriety,” says Weiss. But he adds that several billionaires he knows have similar plans.
In Arizona, multimillionaire and veteran cryonics advocate supporter David Pizer is making similar arrangements. But even if his trust money is somehow lost or mismanaged during his time in stasis, he’ll be content just to return to life.
To Pizer, being alive means the chance to work hard and create new successful ventures.
Says the multimillionaire cryonics advocate, “I made it the first time from nothing, and I could do it again.”
Pizer and his wife Trudi were also featured on the ABC News program Good Morning America in an episode focusing on cryonics. (See below.)
The smart money and the wise bets are increasingly being placed on cryonics.
Read the Wall Street Journal article and learn more about the men making them.
Good Morning American Cryonics Supporters
David Pizer’s crusade for cryonics hasn’t stopped with just the Wall Street Journal. The ABC News program Good Morning America features David and his wife in a special televised episode feature focusing on cryonics.
“I want to be with her forever,” says Pizer of his wife Trudi, and explains why he thinks he’s found a way to do it. You can see the video feature online by clicking here.
Centuries Of Life
“How's this for an offer you can't refuse: how would you like to live say, 400 or 500 years, or even more and all of them in perfect health?”
That’s the way 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer begins a CBS article about the coming revolution in longevity. Safer discusses the prospect with Cambridge geneticist Aubrey de Vere, one of a growing number of scientists supporting cryonics, who believes that soon we may be able to recondition ourselves for the first steps towards a normal lifetime that spans centuries.
De Grey believes an “indefinite extension of longevity” is not only possible but coming closer every day.
“Average life spans would be in the region of 1,000 years,” says de Grey. “Seriously.”
Read the CBS news article here.
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