None of this has happened yet
In doing research while watching Fringe episode “Momentum Deferred” from the second season of Fringe for the most recent Mindless Diversions Bookclub! post, I asked the question “Do people still do cryogenics?”
In googling, I found out that, boy howdy, do they ever. I found out about Alcor. My immediate takeaway was that the “cost to fund through life insurance can be as modest as $1 to $5 per day depending on your age, health, and the type of policy you choose.”
So let’s do some back of the envelope math here, shall we?
5 bucks per day times 365.25 days per year times 100 years is…
182625 bucks. I’ve seen more expensive houses. But, of course, I started thinking about those 100 years. I mean, if you look at the rate of medical advancement from the last 100 years and extrapolate out, you’ve got quite a slope from 1912 to 2012. Heck, if we kept that up, we’d have full adult body generation (well, minus the head) well before 2112. Of course, if we only look at the rate of medical advancement from 2002-2012 and extrapolate that out ten times, we might want to instead consider that $1/day storage option for 500 years.
Having considered the issue of cost, my mind wandered to the other questions in the FAQ and I found myself giggling at the little pockets of “irritated” that bubbled up. Questions like “won’t all my friends and relatives be dead?” get answers like (and I’m paraphrasing here) “Make some new freakin’ friends.” Do you know why they cannot cryogenically freeze your head prior to your legal death? Well, it’s because, given the heretofore inability to reanimate cryogenically preserved people, such an act would technically be homicide despite your signing a waiver (making this post a potential sister post to TVD’s “Libertarianism in a Nutshell“… What? I can’t cryogenically freeze my head prior to my legal death? Statism in a Nutshell.) The heights of “bitchy” achieved in the”Misinformed Questions FAQ” must be read to be believed.
In lieu of a conclusion, I’ll just share this answer that comes from the spiritual FAQs where I surprised myself to find myself charmed by the answer to the question “What happens to the soul?”
Here it is: “Humans have been successfully cryopreserved and revived as embryos. The state of the soul of a cryopreserved person would seem to be one of quiescent waiting.”
(Title explained here.)