Anybody remember hearing that Walt Disney's head is supposedly frozen? I wonder if it has mouse ears on.....
Does anyone remember the name of the Dennis Potter TV play about retrieving memories from a frozen head?
Originally posted by rynner
If the competition winner does lose their nerve, New Scientist is giving them the option to cash the treatment in and take a Hawaiian holiday instead.
Sod thinking you're so important you should live forever, my take on it is my insatiable curiosity: I'd want to see what was happening, read what had been written, meet new people (and probably take the piss out of them), find out if people had finally seen sense by my way of it and banned religion, soccer and sound compression on TV ads, see what was new, find out what old excuses Govts. had recycled to keep everyone on a very probably resource-impoverished Earth.rynner said:But No Thanks from me too: even if resuscitation becomes technically possible, I can't see people in the future being all that interested in reviving wrinkled, diseased old hulks who felt they were so important they should live forever.
I think it's quite cold up the mountains where the Observatories are - not only that, but the atmosphere is very rarified. (Problematical - most of the observers actually work from much lower down, and limit their visits to the top.)Zygon said:Damn, looks like I'm going to Hawaii. And I hate sunshine, excessive warmth, and sand. Not crazy about volcanoes either. I do quite like ukeleles though, he said trying to make the best of it...
And the Ted Williams saga rumbles on.
A local state attorney continues looking into forgery allegations Thursday over a note spelling out baseball great Ted Williams' final wishes.
Have my doubts, but mainly because Tim Leary was so into messing with other people's heads, and thus, to my eyes, the story sounds a touch too ironic for credibility.Mr. R.I.N.G. said:I don't know how many people saw the film Timothy Leary's Dead, but in it, it shows his head being removed at death so it can be cyrogenicly preserved.
That would make a bit more sense, actually, if you were trying to get the thing to come back to "life" eventually. If it was all done really quickly (i.e., slice off the head with a big blade and whip it straight into a nitrogen freezer), the tissues wouldn't have time to start falling apart at the molecular level, as invariably happens with a "natural" death. You would then have a reasonable chance of reattaching and reanimating it, as you can nowadays do with a severed finger/hand etc. Even more sensible would be to quick-freeze the entire body before the illness became terminal, and the organs started failing. Leaving the freezing until disease has ravaged everything and the person is dead is pretty much like freezing a butchered animal. You just end up with deep-frozen meat.escargot said:There have also been rumours about people's heads being removed shortly BEFORE death and not AFTER for freezing.
As of mid-2003 Alcor has about 55 cryopatients, many companion animals, and some tissue samples.
Officially, the building is "the world's first comprehensive facility devoted to life extension research and cryopreservation", a six-acre structure that will house research laboratories, animal and plant DNA, and up to 10,000 temporarily dead people. They will have paid to have their bodies (or perhaps just their heads) stored there until somebody works out a way to revive them. If Valentine is right, they won't have to wait too long. "This is going to be the century of immortality," he says. "Children being born today are probably going to live an average lifespan of 120 years. Their children, it is being predicted, will never die. There will be a time when people won't be able to comprehend the thought of not existing any more and just becoming fertiliser."
By the time my kids are grown up there be +/- 9,000,000,000 people on the planet.escargot said:House of the temporarily dead
"Children being born today are probably going to live an average lifespan of 120 years. Their children, it is being predicted, will never die. There will be a time when people won't be able to comprehend the thought of not existing any more and just becoming fertiliser."