Human Popsicles

[ By on April 27, 2016 ]

Cryonics is the practice in which bodies are stored after death in extremely low temperatures in the hopes of one day unfreezing these individuals and in a sense ‘bringing back the dead’. Presently, Cryopreservation of humans is non-reversible. There is a lot of controversy surrounding this part of contemporary science. Questions about death and what it actually means to be dead arise when thinking about cryonics. Is a person dead after the death of their brain? After his or her heart stops beating? Or something completely different? Cryonics is not the science of healing a person once they are revived (if science allows for that at some point in the future). For instance, if an individual chooses to be cryogenically frozen after dying from AIDS and is successfully received, their AIDS will still need to be cured. Scientific uncertainty plays a huge role in the when thinking about the ethical and practical questions of cryonics. Not only is there no technology or way to revive cryogenically frozen patients,but also here are also many ailments with no cures that cryogenically frozen individuals have died from. Does cryonics possess the power of turning ageing into a curable ailment? Do individuals who have been frozen and then revived have the right to rejoin the rest of the already overpopulated world?

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2 Comments on “Human Popsicles”

  1. ihilder

    Kelley Nicholson-Flynn

    [ May 04, 2016 at 12:39 am ]

    I think you have identified an issue in which the scientific uncertainty is very high!

    How do you think a utilitarian would think about this particular issue?

  2. ihilder

    Vitalii Tikhonov

    [ May 05, 2016 at 2:20 pm ]

    I think you identify the social and science problems with this problem really well.
    I think it’s very interesting topic. Have you also seen this website with very interesting myths about cryonics.
    Also another website that argues that this science is wrong.

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