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The Autobiography of Russell
Life from a different perspective
Writer's Block: R.I.P
What do you want done with your body after you die?

Provided I have enough money saved up, I want to be cryogenically frozen so I can be revived when whatever went wrong can be reversed, even if it's 100, 500, or 1000 years from now.

If that's not an option then I want to be cremated and ashes thrown to the wind or used as fertilizer. An idealistic use would be shot into space, but that'll just make me end up being the flying debris which probably hits a spaceship some day, crippling their warp engine. XD I suppose just being shot into a sun wouldn't be so bad, though.

Once I'm dead, and there's no way to preserve for reviving within my means, I honestly don't care too much what happens to me. It's someone elses problem.

Actually, now that I think about it, barring cryogenic freezing, donate my body to science.


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marklevoyageur From: marklevoyageur Date: October 30th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


I would like to be turned into Soylent Green and served up as a snack to the 99% crowd with Cheese Whiz or to the 1% with caviar.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: October 30th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sustainability

Hah. The ironic part of this response is that the person I got this QOTD off of said almost the same thing, although limited to just their friends. :P
sisyphus238 From: sisyphus238 Date: October 30th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I realize that you're probably not all that serious about cryogenically preserving yourself, there are a few things that come to mind in that regard. My father is 101. He's not the man he once was. While he's still curious, his thought stream is 'age-addled' — he's just not that sharp anymore, and preserving his current state for revivification would result in a totally disoriented and very senile man being brought back into a society he wouldn't be able to understand, assuming that a future society was advanced enough to carry out such a scheme. Then there's the question of why such a society would want to bring back someone from the distant past, even if the venture was paid for in advance. Chances are, they will have enough of their own problems and won't be interested in adding to them, provided of course that society actually progresses and doesn't destroy itself first, or worse, is destroyed by some unforeseen natural occurrence.

Seems to me, and I mean no disrespect, that the people who have taken this step are a little too self-important; they somehow think that their particular life is that much more precious than the rest of us who must follow the way of all flesh. Besides, death is nothing to be feared, and I think it's the fear of being nothing that motivates these people.

Edited at 2011-10-30 05:05 pm (UTC)
zimzat From: zimzat Date: October 30th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suspect that many people who become adled in their old age do so because their brain is not as supple as it used to be. It becomes resistent to creating new pathways, and so their personality at a higher level does the same thing. Should I die of 'old age' then this is something I expect to be reversed as well.

I don't think I'm self-important, but at the same time I don't think I'm worthless either. It takes many people of many types to make our world go round, so there will always be a place for everyone. If our future society were to somehow collectively decide to ignore promises to revive cryogenic people then our freedoms have erroded to an extreme, and society has probably become a police or dictator state.

I look forward to the day when every human can live forever, or choose not to. When voluntary suicide is accepted, and life goes on. When people aren't constantly worried about their lineage then they probably won't be in a rush to procreate, thus more people who are living longer and less population increase. These things have a tendency to level themselves off.
sisyphus238 From: sisyphus238 Date: October 30th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you're interested in science fiction, I suggest the writings of Peter F. Hamilton. I really enjoy his books, not least because he posits a time in the distant future when death as we know it has pretty much been eliminated, provided one keeps ones personality properly backed up so that, should something happen to the body, the personality can be uploaded to a new body, a clone which would already be waiting for such an eventuality. It's a fascinating idea and he makes it seem absolutely plausible. He writes huge novels, the more recent of which have been trilogies that span eons of time and space. I think you'd enjoy them immensely.

As for cryogenic suspension: I just don't know. Obviously human eggs and sperm cells can be frozen, but those are cells that aren't "dead" and I don't really know if memories can be locked into frozen brain cells in such a way as to make reviving them possible, but I still wonder what life would be like for someone whose memories had no bearing or grounding in a society that is centuries away from this one.

Edited at 2011-10-30 06:10 pm (UTC)
zimzat From: zimzat Date: November 2nd, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Science fiction writing and shows is where I got most of the inspiration for this kind of thing. There was a Star Trek episode where they encountered a derelict ship that contained a bunch of cryogenically frozen people who had critical illnesses in our time yet was easily fixable in theirs. There are shows with stasis pods for long trips on a ship, the base concept of cryogenics. Most shows and books prefer to invent a faster-than-light method of travel, but a few have gone the route of stasis.

If the brain is flash-frozen, meaning all activity stops at exactly where it is at that moment, before it is deprived past the point of breakdown, then re-animating it and the memories stored in it shouldn't be impossible. If, in other technology, we get the ability to 'look up' or 'replay' the past (not quite time travel) then we could even bring people back from the dead by analyzing a specific moment in time of their brain to the smallest detail (although that involves being able to replicate a brain at the molecular level, and may always suffer the same problem the replicators in Star Trek do: can't replicate life and the numerous electrical impulses required).
zimzat From: zimzat Date: November 2nd, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
As for memories not having any bearing or grounding, I don't think that's such a huge issue. That's something we only do on a social level, but the process for programming, art, cooking, etc is a timeless trait. We can always create new memories to relate with, or tell stories of old memories. Our memories make us, but they shouldn't limit us.
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