Founder Of Cryogenics Movement Dies (For The Time Being)

Robert-EttingerAct One of Robert Ettinger’s existence has drawn to a close. I plan on watching Weekend at Bernie’s in tribute. Associated Press reports:

Robert Ettinger, pioneer of the cryonics movement that advocates freezing the dead in the hope that medical technology will enable them to live again someday, has died. He was 92. His body became the 106th to be stored at the Cryonics Institute, which he founded in 1976.

The Cryonics Institute charges $28,000 to prepare a body and store it long-term in a tank of liquid nitrogen at minus 321 degrees Fahrenheit. The first person frozen there was Ettinger’s mother, Rhea Ettinger, who died in 1977. His two wives, Elaine and Mae, also are patients at the Institute. Similar facilities for preserving dead bodies operate in Arizona, California and Russia.

Ettinger also established the Immortalist Society, a research and education group devoted to cryonics and extending the human life span. He wrote: “No matter what kills us, whether old age or disease, and even if freezing techniques are still crude when we die, sooner or later our friends of the future should be equal to the task of reviving and curing us.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/QuantumSinger Chris Bryant

    Dumb, and utterly lacking in understanding of biology and chemistry. When you freeze a human body, the water inside the cells crystallizes and shatters the cell membranes. This is why you can’t heal from frost bite – the tissue has been destroyed on the cellular level. All they’re doing is preserving dead meat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/QuantumSinger Chris Bryant

    Dumb, and utterly lacking in understanding of biology and chemistry. When you freeze a human body, the water inside the cells crystallizes and shatters the cell membranes. This is why you can’t heal from frost bite – the tissue has been destroyed on the cellular level. All they’re doing is preserving dead meat.

    • Juan Lagarrigue

      maybe not

    • Malk

      agreed; and above that… this completely ignores decades of what most people call “paranormal” studies that quite clearly show the “life” of an individual wholly detaches from the body upon death letting the corpse decay into soil…. all they’re doing is stopping the decay…. expensively XD

      100% crazy if you ask me.

  • Juan Lagarrigue

    maybe not

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    50 years from now…in the hot dusty plains of the future…we can all share some nice tasty weirdo-sicles :-)

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    50 years from now…in the hot dusty plains of the future…we can all share some nice tasty weirdo-sicles :-)

  • Malk

    agreed; and above that… this completely ignores decades of what most people call “paranormal” studies that quite clearly show the “life” of an individual wholly detaches from the body upon death letting the corpse decay into soil…. all they’re doing is stopping the decay…. expensively XD

    100% crazy if you ask me.

  • Yith

    I wonder if he’ll superconduct.

  • Yith

    I wonder if he’ll superconduct.

  • Guest

    I’m pretty sure his spirit has already left his body… If it’s just hanging in suspension somewhere, waiting on his frozen body to come back to life, that would be one, super-long near-death experience… and I’m sure he would be pissed when he returned.  

  • Guest

    I’m pretty sure his spirit has already left his body… If it’s just hanging in suspension somewhere, waiting on his frozen body to come back to life, that would be one, super-long near-death experience… and I’m sure he would be pissed when he returned.  

  • Luke Parrish

    If this works, he will deserve to feel very smug.

  • Luke Parrish

    If this works, he will deserve to feel very smug.

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