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Living forever may not be a reality. But a pioneering field called cryonics could give some people two lives. Cryonics centers like Alcor Life Extension Foundation, in Arizona, store posthumous bodies in vats filled with liquid nitrogen at bone-chilling temperatures of minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit (78 Kelvin). The idea is that a person who dies from a presently incurable disease could be thawed and revived in the future when a cure has been found. The body of the late baseball legend Ted Williams is stored in one of Alcor's freezers. Like the other human popsicles, Williams is positioned head down. That way, if there were ever a leak in the tank, the brain would stay submerged in the cold liquid. Not one of the cryopreserved bodies has been revived, because that technology doesn't exist. For one, if the body isn't thawed at exactly the right temperature, the person's cells could turn to ice and blast into pieces.


what do u guys have to say? O_o!!
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the human fear of death makes this shit popular.
Posted 8/6/08
sounds cool! (geddit?)
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Soo... are they considered dead or just sleeping?
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Posted 8/6/08

g31025 wrote:

Soo... are they considered dead or just sleeping?


Maybe the Living dead
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What I don't understand is, if the disease already killed them, then even if the cure were found and used on them later, wouldn't they still be dead? It's not like if someone just died from tuberculosis then you use the vaccine on them, they'll just magically come back to life.
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Kind of stupid . In my opinion people live and die so just take it as a cool funeral .

Just my 2 cents worth . Sorry if I ofended anybody .
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Thats sort of...interesting...
and yet slightly disturbing...
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Cuddlebuns wrote:

What I don't understand is, if the disease already killed them, then even if the cure were found and used on them later, wouldn't they still be dead? It's not like if someone just died from tuberculosis then you use the vaccine on them, they'll just magically come back to life.


that's exactly where this thing starts to look stupid, there is no way of reviving humans at present. wikipedia said that "it has been claimed that if technologies for general molecular analysis and repair are ever developed, then theoretically any damaged body could be "revived". Survival would then depend on whether preserved brain information was sufficient to permit restoration of all or part of the personal identity of the original person, with amnesia being the final dividing line between life and death." They're aware of the fact that this might take centuries though. if it'll ever be possible anyway.

Maybe it won't look as impossible in a couple of centuries, but I guess it's not worth the struggle anyway. Imagine what would happen to the world if you could revive humans, as long as they didn't find any way to prevent over-population. They'd just have created a huge problem. Better accept that death is a part of life, and use their respective brains for trying to cure alive people of their illnesses.
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Posted 8/6/08
It's real ... i think this is smart
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Its cool that they're freezing people and thinking about bringing them back into the future. Hopefully there wont be any brain damage if they unfreeze successfully. And I agree with Cuddlebuns there. Wouldn't that be a problem?
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Posted 8/6/08 , edited 8/6/08
What? absolute Zero is 0 kelvins right?

then how the hell can you get -330C, i mean it's impossible. the coldest it can get is -273C

and lol this reminds me of Demolition man

Posted 8/6/08
This is just stupid, it's made for the fools who fear death, it defies the laws of nature as cuddlebuns said.
We all have to die of something, why not accept it, instead of living in false hope.
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Haha brings back horrible memories ^^ I did a 4000 word essay on cryonics as my personal project in the IB. Now that, that is over and behind me I can say alot about this topic! Ok about the freezing cells part well they prevent ice formation by using cryoprotectants,an anti-freeze. Also if damage does occur they believe it can be repaired by future nanotechnology. I don't believe any of it will ever succeed.
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Ha, I laught at human attempt to escape death. This is like the manga Kind of Thorns, there an incurable dieasea and a few selective were chosen to freeze their body till a cure was found. I do not believe this will happen because of the h2o in our body notice how when you freeze water the level dosesn`t lower but raised ? Well, amusing the same concept apply the crystal from ice, wouldn`t that damage the red blood cell? Also like what scientist already knew, different organs, tissues, and cells thraw at different rates. if you thaw to quickly, some organ become beyond repair. thraw to slowly and the blood cell will be damage, unable to carry oxegen to the needed areas.

But, that doesn`t stop human from trying. so continue to amuse me till your time run out whichi should be in abother 1million years or so.
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