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Cryonics is a visionary concept that holds out the promise of a second chance at life - life with renewed health, vitality and youth.
The concept of cryonics was introduced in 1962 by the Founder of the Cryonics Institute, Robert Ettinger, in his landmark book "The Prospect of Immortality."
The essential concept of cryonics involves cooling a recently deceased person to liquid nitrogen temperatures in order to keep their body preserved indefinitely. The ultimate goal is to keep the patient preserved until future science is able to repair or replace vital tissues and ultimately revive them. It might seem like an impossible goal to "revive" a "dead" person. However, "dying" is a process rather than an event, where a majority of the body's tissues remain intact at a cellular level even after the heart stops beating. The goal of cryonics is to halt that process as quickly as possible after legal death, giving future physicians the best possible chance of reviving the patient by repairing or replacing damaged tissues, or even entire organs using advanced computer, nanotechology and medical equipment and procedures.
Since 1962, the average lifespan has increased dramatically. Nanotechnology (which holds the promise of future biological repair) has become a major industry. Prominent companies, including Google, have begun focused efforts to retard and reverse aging. The promise of cryonics is becoming more apparent and more exciting.
Ideas of a significantly longer or even indefinite lifespan considered impossible by some today are starting to wake up academia and the medical community and change outdated thinking. History is littered with incorrect assumptions of what would be possible. Airplanes, vaccines and computers that were all considered "impossible" ideas less than a century ago are now everyday features of modern life. We believe continuing advances in medical nanotechnology and other sciences could push cryonics closer to reality in the not-so-distant future. We encourage you to explore this web site, get the facts and judge for yourself whether or not cryonics is right for you.
Cryonics is much more than just the science of "freezing," because our ultimate objective is life after revival. Life that we believe will promise renewed youth and extended lifespans through the miracles of future technology that really isn't that far from becoming reality today.
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