Friday, January 27, 2006
Cryogenics - A thought or maybe a question
I was visiting one of my favorite haunts and I came across Markoos' post about
Cryonauts . Please check it out so you know from whence I speak.
Now that you have, maybe you saw my question to him. I'll repeat it here because, seriously, I have my doubts of such a scheme.
"After being re-animated, I wouldn't want to be looked at like a freak from a zoo.
To be studied and prodded and gawked at should the "re-animation" work.
In 100 years, who's to say whatever government is in force would let him have all his money anyway? Or that money, as we know it, still exists?
The future is as scary as it is exciting.
Has anyone ever thought of how society will treat these re-animated people? Would they be seen 'as people'?" Will they still have their rights and priveledges under our constitution?
These are my Questions.
In Susan Grant's, Legend of Banzai Maguire , it's based on a female heroine who was cryogenically frozen and thawed 170 years later.
It's a great theory that captures the imagination of science fiction lovers and writers the world over.
Its reality is another thing altogether.
I can't imagine using a freezer for a coffin.
The facilities do look very intricate and scientific. However, how secure and reasonable are the expectations for success?
I don't mean for re-animation. They haven't gotten cloning right..and when it comes to humans, I really don't want to go on THAT soap box.
I refer to the basic things, like frost build-up, freezer burn and power flectuations, you know, not expecting all the back-ups to work all the time, every time.
Do you have any thoughts about this?
Has a writer written a sci-fi horror story yet about a successful re-animation that wasn't a "happy ever after"? If not, someone should.
Truly, it would be a horror for me. Human nature being what it is.
Give me natural. The circle of life that's been written and lived out since time immemorial. Let a higher power decide on re-incarnation - not man. (Whoa, that's a little deep for my usual posts, yes?)
Money is not a motivator for me like that guy in Markoos' post. What good is money if you're not "a person" anymore?
Posted by Michele at Friday, January 27, 2006