Cryonics: Very Much NOT Just For the Rich

Recent mainstream media coverage of cryonics - low-temperature storage of the body and brain after death, awaiting technology advanced enough for resuscitation - has included ABC News coverage that leaves the reader with the impression that cryonics is only for the wealthy:

Being frozen and stored at Alcor isn't cheap.

"Some people just have their heads frozen, believing that in the future they'll be able to use another body," said Tanya Jones, Alcor's chief operating officer. "If you're having your head frozen, it will cost $80,000. The whole body is $150,000."

This omits any discussion of the method most folks - of very modest means - use to fund their suspension: life insurance.

At the time of writing, a 30-year-old can get a 20 year term policy with a face value of $120,000 for as little as $180 per year if she is a non-smoker and in good health.

Starving students can fund it - so you certainly can. You should look on a cryonic suspension agreement as a form of life insurance of its own; it's the best presently available option that gives some chance of avoiding irreversible death if it comes to that. Statistics and common sense tells us that we aren't all going to make it into the era of radical life extension. No-one likes to think about these things, but the consequences of failing to be responsible in any matters of insurance can be dire indeed.

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At the time of writing, a 30-year-old can get a 20 year term policy with a face value of $120,000 for as little as $180 per year if she is a non-smoker and in good health.

Great, but what happens if he dies at age 51 ?,

Posted by: Johny at January 26th, 2006 4:51 AM

Come on. Who do you think is supposed to give these revived, if ever, buggers, a new life? Clothes, money, education, skills, a job?

Let alone a new body.

If we could revive these people, don't you think we would have enough problems already with the number of people who enjoy radical lifs extensions?

It's not an option. It's just the most stupid way to throw-away money.

Posted by: Berend de Boer at January 26th, 2006 11:50 AM

Berend, one could throw your argument there at any existing medical procedure that extends life under some circumstance. Or at newborns for that matter. Somehow people have managed to date - and a small chance of revival, and thus a chance to be alive to wrestle with whatever problems may follow, is certainly better than the alternative.

Posted by: Reason at January 26th, 2006 7:38 PM

This is someone else who doesn't understand that cryonics is about building a community and culture determined to make the ENTIRE process work. It's not just blindly throwing people into an indifferent future.

Posted by: cryoguy at February 1st, 2006 12:22 PM

im 36 and i want to freeze myself how much will it cost me

Posted by: monty bushey at March 25th, 2007 10:56 AM

Hi, I think Calorie Restriction seems interesting and was wondering which of the current supplements that mimics most of the effects of CR?

Was thinking of green tea especially.

Posted by: jakob at April 24th, 2009 3:49 AM

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