“Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.”  Bertrand Russell  

                        

 

  Wouldn't you rather participate in the experimental group

or can you truly prefer to remain with the control group?    

 

Cryonics:* less crazy than the alternative!
Because willfully passive failure to preserve ourselves, at any lengths, from death, only amounts to suicide,
hence only the more Existentially Absurd than any living vicissitude and feasible struggle for survival in the alternative.

*or perhaps plastination instead? Might that actually serve the same purpose at least as well?

Take a chance! IF you don't want to let go, then don't!

Diagnosed as dead by today's limitations? Seek a second opinion from doctors in the future!

 

HOW TO USE THIS PAGE without getting lost or overwhelmed. Just bear in mind:
The following is a brief Executive Summary of a specific proposal,
followed in turn by a lengthy resource, extensive and comprehensive appendices upon upon Deathism.
Thank you for your cooperation!
 
"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity."  — Simone Weil

 

Chance card: Get out of death, FREE!

 

Universal coverage for Cryonic Neurosuspension, free of charge to all! How? You guessed it! The needed revenue can come from the finances pursuant to organ donation.

It's a win-win proposal for everyone! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kriosgrad Project

The prospect of Integrated Recovery SM            

An innovative new business model for a disruptive startup, towards universal coverage for cryonic neurosuspension

as facilitated by the crafting of lasting social institutions and optimal non zero-sum strategic alliances of winning synergy

 

  New concepts in subversive Thanato-Futurology:

    As yet still a proposal, so simple in principle, yet so complicated logistically, for:
free cryonic neurosuspension* as an optional incentive in reward for organ/body donors.

*or perhaps might neuroplastination instead, actually serve the same purpose as neurocryonization, at least as effectively?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR Hypothesis:

 

Post mortem cadaverous donation and Cryonics, separately somewhat disturbing despite each their own clear life affirming values and appeal, together are complementary, achieving under Integrated Recovery, the synergy to sanctify one another and help dispel queasy ambivalence.

 

Post mortem cadaverous donation (organ donation etc.) actually brings approval of Cryonics out from distinct squeamishness, even for decapitation and neurosuspention! as an appropriate and well deserved honor and reward to incentivize donors in such short supply.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

My name is Aaron Agassi, and there's a serious gap in my healthcare coverage, that causes me understandable anxiety: Dental is limited, spinal care (Chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, etc.) is not covered, but perhaps worst of all, I am without coverage for Cryonic Suspension in case of death by whatever cause. Therefore, like so many others, I am trying to arrange appropriate contingency plans within budget. I have struggled with the logistics and to control the expenses, but the delays and obstructions in resolution only drag on and on indefinitely.

What we all need is a turnkey solution!

 

At Indiana University Northwest, an IU branch campus located in Gary, Ind., anatomy professor Ernest Talarico instructs his medical students to think of the cadavers they dissect as their “first patients,” to know their Cadavers’ Names and even to meet their families. What a good idea! But why not go ahead and cross the line into forensics? Why not make it an autopsy while we're at it? Much as you can get cheaper excellent and more personalized dental care from dental students under supervision of their professors, imagine the peace of mind of really and clearly learning what killed a loved one, eliminating lingering suspicions of foul play or irresponsible reckless endangerment among other life and death public health hazards, also with the civic minded consolation of benefit to medicine and lives to be saved in future.

 

Indeed, why not go further still: As part of the process, medical students could learn and participate in donor organ and tissue harvest, including, yes, the recovery of the brain for Cryonic Suspension (or perhaps instead, plastination?) provided without charge, optionally, for donors who so will it, financed by donations out from the service fees for transportation, storage and handling of human materials as provided for under law. Such is my vision of Integrated Recovery, with many other tremendous advantages to be further expounded.

 

And so, here is my standing offer to the human materials industry: Let me be the first to offer to posthumously donate my entire body for every medical, scientific or educational purpose whatsoever, with special stipulations regarding for my brain, brainstem and spinal cord, that immediately upon death, my brain, brainstem and spinal cord, as scientific donations, will immediately be administered anti-ischemic treatment and Cryostabilzation, then placed and maintained in Cryonic Suspension, pending technological advance, until such future time as I may be restored to life and full health. (Or again: perhaps instead plastinated and on display at BODY WORLDS, likewise pending reanimation. Any port in a storm!)

 

After all, donors remain perpetually in critical short supply. What could be more fair than the chance for life in reciprocity? How would such provision be any different in principle, than the currently topical idea of bumping up donors in priority on the recipient lists? The additional similar provision in question that by distinction, disadvantages no one, is only fair and the decent thing to do. -A win-win scenario and an obvious bargain: Why, monetary donations at all proportional given the various fees and expenses collected pursuant to to the harvest and transplant of either my kidneys or corneas alone, or even just tissue banking my bone marrow, would more than cover the costs of my Neurocryonization, shopping for the best price domestically and overseas! And I am confident that many others besides myself will jump at the chance to sign up as organ donors, only upon these terms, provisions and stipulations, if only offered. Can we talk?

 

And so, cadaver-service firms and body-brokers, any takers? The desire to escape death by means of advanced future technology, indeed the very will to survive, is so often vilified as morbidly selfish. But as with many like minded, my only hesitation in becoming a donor, is my interest in Cryonics. However, if whatever needless procedural conflicts as may obstruct between the different life saving procedures, can only be worked out logistically, then I'm all in, because, after all, I never blame, but fully empathize and sympathize, in all solidarity, with all others who, by whatever opportune and feasible contingencies, only want to live, just as we all do.

 

So, what's your excuse, gentle reader? If like so many, you spurn Cryonics but approve of and admire people who sign up as organ donors, then why aren't you yourself already signed up as an organ donor? What keeps you sitting on the fence?

 

 

 
   We are all in this together, or else we really should be!
The above is my standing personal offer. What follows is a case presentation for a new business model towards free universal Cryonics coverage, in rehabilitation of Cryonics by inclusion in a proposed improved coordination of all medical/scientific/educational cadaverous donation herein dubbed: Integrated Recovery.
 
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The ultimate heroic measure in preservation of life, is Cryonic Suspension, a method of preservation and storage of the clinically dead using current technology, however crude, in hopes of future restoration to life, health and youthful vigor via significant future technological advance. Plastination has been proposed in the alternative. Either way, for this however, only the brain is most crucial to preserve. Cryonic Neurosuspention is the cryonization only of the brain and brainstem, which is far less costly than full body Cryonic Suspension. But some consider the spinalcord and especially the lumbar sacral plexus, possible important. Therefore option of cryonization all thereof as well, is herein dubbed: Full Neurosuspention.

 

Different kinds of post mortem body, organ and tissue donations, are so poorly integrated as even to come into legal and logistical conflict. This is wasteful, considering the critical shortage of donors. What is needed is Integrated Recovery, a comprehensive integrated mode of post mortem donation. Cryonic neurosupension should also be integrated, if so desired. There is no reason why anyone who wishes to benefit from contingencies for Cryonic Neurosuspension, the Cryonization of the brain only (or even Full Neuro), should not also be able to be a post mortem donor of everything else! Indeed, herein is proposed, that as an incentive, Cryonic Neurosuspension for any donor that wants it, could be readily covered even as an almost negligible expense, from the revenues in tissue storage and other services crucial in the life saving endeavors of organ and tissue transplantation and scientific research.

 

What a marvelous reciprocity towards mutual human survival! It's only fair, after all, and just the decent thing to do. Nothing is simply too good, that can be imagined and desired.

 

Automated Network Sociometry and Project Kriosgrad are two vastly different social entrepreneurship business models showcased here on FoolQuest.com nevertheless bearing in common strategy of offering transformative services to the public that urgently need to be universal and free of charge in order to function broadly as necessary in society, all at comparably negligible cost from tremendous profit potential in the range of lucrative fee and commission based service byproducts, with the empathy and deep human understanding for reframing commerce for innovation of whole new areas for growth.

 

 

 

 

 Prospects for the rehabilitation of Cryonics from taboo,

often so dangerously, unjustly and irrationally despised and even persecuted       

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”  — Benjamin Disraeli

 

Oval Callout: Thank you, !
    

 

 

Cryonics is so taboo, and neurosuspension in particular so subject of ridicule and revulsion, that squeamish objections often become unintelligible and unfathomably bereft of good faith sensmaking. Nevertheless, Cryonics providers in policy turning against neurosuspension, dropping the service and advising clients against it, in no small part for fear of adverse Public Relations, is frankly reminiscent of Blacks straightening their hair and Gays butching up: More risk of weakness, lost opportunity, division and wastefully duplicated effort, than any hope of advancing public acceptance by ever softening the most virulent opposition. This is not metaphorically flying under the radar, but rather the timid paralysis of the proverbial deer trapped in the oncoming headlights. Fortunately, the panic seems to have abated and neurosuspension is becoming more available again.

 

 

 

Cryonic Neurosuspension is the Cryonization of the brain and brainstem, all the more seemingly macabre, actually decapitation and freezing the entire head, because the skull is relied upon as the best protective vessel for the brain, already provided by nature. But people seldom make such a fuss over a cleaned and polished skull instead of a decapitated head intact, much less a cadaver's brain on display in a glass jar for purposes of medical education, even despite long becoming such a staple of monster movies, as are, after all, by far the more macabre standard burial practices to dwell thereupon. Therefore, might a Cryonized brain alone or inside a cleaned and polished skull and either way, thus with no dead staring face hanging thereupon, possibly ever meet with at all any less squeamish public reception? After all, indeed Cryonics at all to begin with, meets with such stubborn resistance. A death mask of the patient might make for an added tasteful and respectful touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

peace of mind

that comes in knowing that every helpful possibility is well implemented

 

The proverbial elephant in the room

 

Who wants to live forever? Everyone, really! Let us accept as given, the survival imperative, dignity, quality of life and all.

 

"More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must diethe worm at the core” of the human condition." What we all sorely need can be nothing less than or short of Emortality, practical physical immortality, affordably at that. Indeed, even though death is well recognized among the roots of Existential depression in the human condition, nevertheless death itself is still generally simply accepted as inevitable while Cryonics no matter how rational, remains not merely uncertain, expensive and inconvenient, but perhaps worse: abstract and intangible.

 

If I can do it, why can't you? If they can do it, why not everybody? Just such poisonous attitude of entitlement and vested interest rears its ugly head everywhere one turns. If some can get rich, why not anyone and everyone? Obviously, if wealth disproportion is excessive, then escape from poverty will be no simple matter. Only under the correct favorable conditions, might we aspire to include as many as possible, even into middleclass affluence. But this example is the very least of it. Even given that indeed the cultivation of problem solving skills is important and all to often neglected, consider obscurantist hackers, writing software that no one else can figure out or use. If we can figure out everything on our own with no help or documentation, say these arrogant obscurantist hackers, then why can't anyone and everyone? But getting help can be even worse than having none: What is there more toxic that all of that help so graciously on offer, in imitating social and academic success?

 

Not to digress, however: The very pinnacle of Nietzschean superiority and Cryonics reclusion as manifest in holding up as shining examples anyone with the wherewithal to somehow get it together to make their involved and convoluted arrangements for Cryonics, is little help to all of us baffled and stymied Cryonics procrastinators contending with what has just got to be the world's worst customer service! How will outreach ever improve, when support even within the community is so lax? These are two factors that play into one another: The lack of a simple clear and accessible turn key system for arranging the pertinent contingencies, just as straightforwardly as purchasing any insurance of healthcare coverage, only adds to the seeming nebulousness of the entire prospect to begin with. The significant obstacles are daunting logistical complication and uncertainty, together with sheer public failure of imagination. Even the taboos against Cryonics and Radical Life Extension may be regarded as only a special application of the much broader taboo upon relevance itself and even upon hope at all, so blithely dismissed as pipedream for wont of prior authoritative foundation or justification.

 

In case of a deadly medical emergency, there is an urgent and hurried effort to save life in time before it will be too late. But some day, they will simply place the patient in suspended animation and take their time to afford the very best treatment before reviving the patient, safe, sound, and good as new or better. Cryonization or something like it, will be as standard as medically induced protective coma has already become today. Indeed, more so. Alas however, we do not yet have the technology for reanimation. Worse, as yet cryonization is only the best of a bad job, the very last ditch, the ultimate in heroic measures, the wildest long shot. Patients in cryonic suspension await the technology even to repair the damage from today's still primitive preservation technology, let alone whatever other deterioration even before treatment of whatever problems fatal by today's medicine.

 

Nevertheless: What is there more rational than contingency planning? Only when consciousness itself can be reduced to information, will simple data backup guarantee survival. In case Radical Life Extension, the eradication of natural death by the pandemic degenerative condition known simply as: aging, does not arrive in time for someone, Cryonics or some other mode of preservation, remains their only fall back. And even after the eradication of natural death by aging, Cryonics or some mode of preservation even such as plastination, will remain the only contingency in case of death by current medical standards, or if one prefers: de-animation, by mishap from external causes.

 

Certainly, Cryonics is unproven and buggy. But what of it? The dying have every right to untested medicine, and every benefit. Faliblism remains in the ivory tower, until conjecture informs action. In the words of Mark Zuckerberg: “The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” Indeed, in this case, it's a literal death sentence. What conceivable advantage can there be in remaining with the control group, instead of joining the experimental group?

 

Of course Cryonics is buggy and untested. I never heard of a life raft that wasn't! Cryonics is the best of a bad job, pending reanimation which will have to be extremely fault tolerant. Cryonics remains the rational choice. Holding out for certainty and perfection is what is unreasonable and counterproductive. Indeed, in quest of greater certainty, Cryonics is simply a means to a better second opinion not yet available, from more advanced science and medicine into the future.

 

But the first step in summoning that hopeful future, remains logistics and Public Relations in the here and now. As things stand, our metaphorical life raft is poorly labeled and lost somewhere in the cluttered basement.

 

 

 

Integrated Recovery

Universal coverage No one left behind

 

Integrated Recovery is a powerful idea, a new business model, that can both rehabilitate and more broadly facilitate Cryonics and at the same time get more people who admire and approve of post mortem donation, off of the fence to become medical and scientific cadaverous donors themselves. Cryonics, once accepted, takes priority over all funerary rites requiring a body. The ultimate long shot heroic measure of Cryonics (or neuroplanstination?) can do without a body, except for the brain which harbors the true soul, the neutrally encoded personality, the preservation whereof affords the possibility of a new lease on life when future medical and technological advance will make death a reversible condition. This is called neurosospension. So there will be no further resistance, but great comfort, in leaving the rest of the body to science and medicine, for saving others as well. Only the logistics remain to be resolved.

 

Critical functional elements in an Integrated Recovery network, must include turnkey donor/patient contract and consent complete with wills and estate planning. Too many registered organ donors somehow slip through the cracks, and don't become organ donors after all. Such negligence already costs lives. Therefore existing healthcare converge would be upgraded to include lifelong tracking and monitoring, emergency notification, international strategic intervention and response. Further incentive thereby accrued, will make for a fortuitous byproduct. And when all else fails, in the event of death by conventional modern medical standards, or at the point of conventional medical futility best mitigated by neuropreservation, execution of Integrated Recovery protocols must ensue. These protocols must integrate the competing interests of every stakeholder, beginning with autopsy and proceeding with life saving tissue and organ harvests with a priority on neurosuspention, and finally every other medical, scientific and educational use. Human materials industry, organ and tissue banking must integrate neurosuspension long term care. Critical functional elements for Integrated Recovery must also extend the funding and granting of all other donation purposes, medical, scientific and educational, and finances of the human industry to neuropreservation long term care, ongoing research, and to long term initiative towards eventual restoration to life and full health.

 

Environmentalism once so obscure, dismissed and consigned to the lunatic fringe, quickly rose to the top of the mainstream political agenda. And even Radical Life extension, the notion of achieving the eradication pandemic aging, is at last beginning to gain ground. How then likewise to achieve widespread acceptance for and finance of Cryonics coverage for everyone?

 

Answer: By overcoming both failure of imagination and virulent prejudice and taboo against Cryonics via the repositioning of Cryonics currently so stigmatized as morbid and unnaturally selfish, instead as a byproduct of a well understood, accepted, established and authoritatively benevolent institutional process. Indeed, the results of a 2011 study are the discovery that thinking about death makes one more generous, indeed actually more likely to donate blood. And informal survey of my own, reveals that the proposal of simply offering Cryonic Neurosuspension (or perhaps neuroplasination?) as an optional incentive in reward for post mortem cadaverous donation to science and medicine, turns squeamishness towards Cryonics into favorable and supportive response.

 

Terror management, the syndromes of coping with dread of mortality, inspire approval towards the likeminded who bolster the sense of membership in communal terror management, and resentment of outsiders whose sense of membership in conflicting communal terror management, challenges, casts doubt upon and threatens ones own sense of membership in communal terror management. And then inflated confidence and denial from lying to oneself inevitably called into question, elicits dystress as the bubble bursts. No wonder that shameful survivor guilt ridden terror management strategies of Existential bad faith and denial, bring thoughts of death to inspire such punitive prudish judgmental Moralism and irrationally virulent Xenophobia. But  membership in communal terror management also demands adherence to values which can include tolerance, democracy and even Eros that is the quest for completion and transformation via the oft frustrated desire for connection, liberating union with alien difference, all counteracting fearful intolerance against those who think differently. Either way, because of innate survival drives and the love of life, it is really death which is actually so abhorrent. Emortalism is a plea for sweet reason, compassion and tolerance in the name of proactive survival, because death is what we quite rightly hate and the true enemy of life. And with modern technological advance, we can finally do something about it, if only we can find the courage to overcome thousands of years of coping superstition and finally pull our heads out of the sand.

Despite how the dead cannot suffer, mortality remains a tremendous and incessant suffering and horror. We know what happens when culturally reinforced self deception is allowed to compromise the very will to live: Scapegoating is the inevitable result. Anything constructive in the paper thin defense of sublimation cannot long endure the agitation of mortality emerging into consciousness. Honest threat and rage in the face of death are only part of Existential honesty, sensemaking and the appropriateness of grief. It's all about who we truly are: The reason why thoughts of death can instead motivate compassion and thence generosity is exactly because the vulnerability arousing from the primal fear of death together with human comprehension of mortality, is corollary to love and the appreciation of life. We owe this not to death, but to the will to live. What then is there more noble and sublime, than the aversion to death and the yearning to bring forth good out of tragedy, indeed optimally? Why endure more than we must? It is important to plan for the worst and for the inevitable. Why repress when we can take prudent action? Why shy away? Shouldn't we at least investigate?

 

Integrated Recovery would reconcile and best serve not only Cryonics and transplant medicine, but education, research and chemical extraction. Organs, skeleton, tissue, recovery of valuable biological chemicals, etc., would all be recover and put to best use, and the interests and ultimate survival of the donor too would be best served. Technically the head or brain for cryonization is but another separate experimental scientific donation. Integrated Recovery would entail an integration of all the different post mortem donations that currently may even come into legal and logistical conflict, needlessly and wastefully. But there are even additional benefits possibleAt Indiana University Northwest, an IU branch campus located in Gary, Ind., anatomy professor Ernest Talarico instructs his medical students to think of the cadavers they dissect as their “first patients,” to know their Cadavers’ Names and even to meet their families. What a good idea! But why not go ahead and cross the line into forensics? Why not make it an autopsy while we're at it? Much as you can get cheaper excellent and more personalized dental care from dental students under supervision of their professors, imagine the peace of mind of really and clearly learning what killed a loved one, eliminating lingering suspicions of foul play or irresponsible reckless endangerment among other life and death public health hazards, also with the civic minded consolation of benefit to medicine and lives to be saved in future.

 

Indeed, why not go further still: As part of the process, medical students could learn and participate in donor organ and tissue harvest, including, yes, the recovery of the brain for Cryonic Suspension (or perhaps instead, plastination?) provided without charge, optionally, for donors who so will it, financed by donations out from the service fees for transportation, storage and handling of human materials as provided for under law. Such is my vision of Integrated Recovery, with many other tremendous advantages to be further expounded.

 

Although, technically, under law, no money may change hands for the organs and samples themselves, there is a tremendous, some would say obscene, amount of money and profit, tied up in all aspects of post mortem recovery, storage or: banking and emergency transportation of scarce bodies, organs, tissue, chemical extraction, etc., from which added expenses of neurocryonization (/neuroplasination?) and interment would be easily affordable for the gain of each crucial additional post mortem donation.

 

After all, supply is short except in countries such as France among other nations that have opt-out contingencies rather than opt-in, in other words: where consent is presumed and everyone is a post mortem donor by default unless one explicitly declines. Another proposed solution is a policy of “required response” or “mandated choice” would require that all competent individuals record an explicit choice regarding organ donation. But as things stand, donor recruitment efforts are disorganized and inconsistent, and not only are the numbers of registered donors low to begin with, but worse still, because of sheer bureaucratic neglect, so is the percentage of registered donors actually harvested from after their death. And so the murderous internationally burgeoning and even massively state sponsored trade in black market organs thrives, while thousands die on the waiting lists. Debate actually rages aver serious proposals of making it legal to sell ones own kidney on the open market and without dying first! (Think twice: You might indeed live with only one kidney, but you'll probably need both in order to stay healthy.)

 

 

 

 

 

But where to begin?
Problems of implementation: Sociological research upon how to get traction

 

I have discovered nothing less than a convincing argument for all to many, to even go on living:

 

I have found, generally, that though the dying and the imminently bereaved just won't go for the option of Cryonization, they can be nevertheless profoundly appreciative of the unique extra effort of thought and it's extra measure of kindness. So, how to get any further?

Even as at long last, attitudes, by no means uniform ands consistent, slowly improve, the rehabilitation of Cryonics, so reviled and persecuted, remains daunting and neglected. But the rapid advance of Environmentalism from crackpot lunatic fringe and object of mockery, to the top of global social and political agenda, demonstrates what can be accomplished. Discoursing upon THE INHERENTLY DISRUPTIVE CHARACTER OF CRYONICS in Part I of ‘Cryonics An Historical Failure Analysis,’ only Mike Darwin makes insightful sense of all that is unsaid, indeed obfuscated by the diversionary hysteria what is called: Deathism. Integrated Recovery is an idea with the power to begin healing the true rift.

 

Interestingly, I once had opportunity briefly to discuss my ideas of Integrated Recovery with an acquaintance openly uncomfortable with if not hostile indeed actually towards the very notion of Cryonic Suspension, and rejecting the prospect. As I understand it, he is a registered organ donor and a regular blood donor. And so I asked him, hypothetically, how he'd feel about being offered Cryonic Neurosuspension (in hopes of delayed resuscitation and reanimation, eventual future technology permitting, in order then to go on living anew) as an entirely optional reward in thankful appreciation for his public service signing up as a donor. And lo, he replied that indeed he might feel better and more comfortable about the option on those terms, where they to be implemented!

 

A recent widow was uneasy about the practice of decapitation and neurosuspension, was visibly more accepting, less because of clarification as to the full body option which to me seems a pointless further expenditure, but by my own expression of preference to keep cryopreserved only my brain post mortem, and donate the rest of my body to help save others.

 

PR Hypothesis: Post mortem cadaverous donation and Cryonics, separately somewhat disturbing despite each their clear life affirming virtues and appeal, together are complementary, achieving under Integrated Recovery, the synergy to sanctify and complete one another, instantly dispelling all such ubiquitous queasy ambivalence.

 

People are often known to admire organ donors, yet hesitate to follow suit and thereby interfere with whatever anticipated burial rituals. But what if they were offered some better opportunity and greater comfort in trade? Cryonics suffers from a perception as morbidly and unnaturally selfish, but at all ever enjoys better sympathy in context of more sympathetic and selfless motivations of love and loyalty as in family tragedy. Repeatedly, resistance of distinct discomfort or indifference (but not any other stronger interpersonal friction, resistance or outright hostility) towards Cryonics, was reversed dramatically by re-contextualization into Integrated Recovery, then even praised as a good idea and actually found appealing. If informal results continue to be so promising, then  perhaps a focus group might be in order and quite illuminating. The new business model of Integrated Recovery could be just the thing to address syndromes of anxiety and survivor guilt, and finally get more people off the fence about both Cryonics and post mortem cadaverous donation.

 

At the same time, those who persist in opposition and antipathy towards Cryonics, might be challenged to take a stand by registering as post mortem cadaverous donors anyhow, thus selflessly forswearing Cryonics entirely. I wonder how they would react to being put on the spot that way! Indeed, rejecting neurosuspenion could easily remain an option or preference under Integrated Recovery.

 

Although, technically, under law, no money may change hands for the organs and samples themselves, there is a tremendous, some would say obscene, amount of money and profit, tied up in all aspects of post mortem recovery, storage or: banking and emergency transportation of bodies, organs, tissue, chemical extraction, etc., from which added expenses of neurocryonization (or perhaps neuroplasination?) and interment would be easily affordable for the gain of each crucial additional post mortem donation.

 

Indeed, while donors cannot legally just sell their organs and tissues, there are frequently all manner of even generous monetary donations to cover their hospital stays and other expenses. And likewise, donations to the estate of a cadaverous donor, could readily be applied to defray any kind of burial costs, indeed even the expenses of neurocryonization which for legal purposes, entails scientific donation of the brain.

 

And so, a first step in implementation of Integrated Recovery will be for people who have arranged for Cryonic Neurosuspension, to further specify in their wills, cadaverous donation of the rest of their bodies as a secondary priority. The Cryonics provider would make the offer to science, education and medicine. And the estate of the Cryonic patient/post mortem cadaverous organ and tissue donor, would be set up to accept monetary donations in order to help defray neurocryonozation expenses. Indeed, monetary donations could even be pledged while the patient/donor is still alive. In legal technicality, there can be no quid pro quo in donations towards the hospital and other expenses incurred by donors. And yet it is all well understood. Any such hypothetical arrangement as herein considered falls short falls quite short of guaranteed free universal neurocryonization coverage as proposed under Integrated Recovery. The patient/donor would still need to depend upon their own finances and arrangement. But these measures could conceivably serve as an opening move towards Integrated Recovery in full, as the pledges are steadily encouraged to increasingly become customary. Or so might be hoped.

 

Another good place to start might be by the establishment of any sort of reputable registry for people who might be interested in participating as donors, also as cryo-patients or not, in Integrated Recovery. That might include all those around the world interested in Cryonics, but balking at the expense and logistics, as well as the many who admire organ donors, but for themselves require a little extra push. If enough people indicate interest in such participation, then perhaps that might be a good first step to garnering the needed support towards implementation of Integrated Recovery.

 

The resistance and inconvenience of patient cost and logistics must finally be untangled, for post mortem donation to reach its potential, much less Cryonics. "We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know." quipped W. H. Auden. It means that relevant altruism is impossible and indeed unintelligible except in service to the selfish needs and desires of anyone else. Indeed, reciprocity, even quid pro quo, can be a positive and constructive value.

 

And that is precisely why the one moral charge in particular, against Cryonics and Radical Life Extension, of selfishness against nature, actually turns out to be the one Moralistic Deathist argument that can be most resoundingly rebutted even by expression of kindness. Indeed, far from shock and horror, in my experience the offer of assistance and connection in making urgent Cryonics arrangement for the dying and bereaved, is warmly appreciated yet generally declined, for whatever stated reasons, perhaps as if even loath actually to expect too much and somehow to press undue imposition upon life itself!

 

Whereas literal self preservation is so readily and blithely decried as morbidly selfish and unfair to others, by contrast sympathy for bereaved families has garnered any public approval of Cryonics. Alas, as things stand, if the Bioconservatives perceive that Emortalism, in pressing the obvious, indignantly mocks them, then quite frankly they would be correct. Effective mass persuasion is not abstract nor does it press the obvious or tautological, rather it must appeal to values of deep sentiment, by meaningful and consequential action in demonstration rather than merely by polemics alone.

 

 

The Calling for a Church of Cryonics?

Just too silly?

 

Well, we are a silly species, after all. But wait: There is talk of establishing the legal rights and status of those, one way or another, neither really alive, nor clearly and permanently dead. This might include certain coma patients and the cryonized or similarly preserved and suspended. But where, realistically, to begin? Of course, all is easier said than done. A common obstacle to Cryonics, is sheer passive aggression, perhaps the most insidious of softcore Deathism. Business people even at first friendly and cooperative, simply fade away and stop responding. Thus do they most effectively and discouragingly transfer their own conservative inertia. This applies particularly for mortuaries and related concerns, who's assistance will be crucial in making arrangements going into effect after legal death. What is the problem? Answer: Perhaps mortuaries, even friendly and intrigued at first, are ambivalent, squeamish of liability and of public disapproval from involvement in Cryonics. The solution, then, might be just to get them off that hook. And this would be best and most simply accomplished by definitively establishing the wishes of a secular Cryonics patient, as mandate no less legitimately sacrosanct than any more conventional intention or custom accorded for the bodies of the dead, according to the will of the deceased or for the comfort of their families. A mortuary thus abetting in Cryonics under legal obligation, would be thereby discharged of frightening responsibility. These measures would also gain better cooperation from doctors and hospitals. And a legally registered church can demand the same considerations for its members as for those of any other denomination.

 

Arguing mythologically, the concept of Integrated Recovery incorporates together with transplant medicine and the like, Cryonics into what amounts to the most plausible possible active self affirming and pro-social expression and fulfillment of the redemptive formula for Cryo-evangelical interfaith outreach, instead of vaguely blaspheming and arousing only ignorant resistance to what is so often decried as so unnaturally selfishness. People warm to the Fairy Tale concept of life anew as the prize for doing good. Understandably, they wish it were true, though of course wishing and fantasy alone never makes it so. So give the people what they want! That's how to sell the idea. And one fine day together we may yet proclaim, in the trenchant prose of Philip K. Dick: "What God promises, we deliver!" Some may call it hubris, but how better to serve? In the words of Benjamin Disraeli: “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” 

 

EVERYONE

IS

PHARAOH

Oh, those tragically misguided Egyptians and their mummies! The brain, so wet and perishable, and viewed as no more than a radiator for cooling the blood, they simply discarded. Instead, in their canopic jars, the ancient Egyptians preserved the wrong organs, organs and more that modern medicine uses, instead, in modern mitzvah, miracles of science, in the blessing conferred of saving other lives via transplant surgery. For what is there that qualifies as the soul, essential to consciousness and identity, except in terms of memory, experience and refection, information as encoded in the brain? Cryonics is the true enterprise of faith and hope, precisely because it is uncertain. Take a chance, what is there to lose? After all, deep down, we all have always ever only wanted much the same thing: unthreatened survival, time to flourish in happiness free from needless danger. The hieroglyph to the right translates as the motto: "Everyone is Pharaoh."

 

Finally, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act passed Congress on Sept. 16, 2015. But for too many of the most gravely afflicted heroic 9/11 First Responders, their only comfort will be in the knowledge that their palliative care will not bankrupt their loved ones. And that just won't do! Indeed, do those heroic and tragic 9/11 First Responders who have truly ultimately sacrificed in order to save lives, who are diagnosed as terminal, deserve anything less than Cryonic Neurosuspnsion (or perhaps neuroplasination?) for any who want it? Integrated Recovery would offer a way. Now, the organs and tissues from bodies that sick and damaged, might be of limited use, except perhaps in scientific study of the pathologies, which is also important of course. But much as in an insurance pool that includes those better off along with the most needy in order to balance the books, the rest of us then, by also signing up to participate in Integrated Recovery, would thereby help to carry the expense for the terminal 9/11 First Responders. As ever, participants in the proposed Integrated Recovery program would be helping other while helping themselves. The prospect of Integrated Recovery brings hope that together, we can strive towards even howsoever uncertain second chances, rational science and technology marshaled in the preservation of life and in valiant opposition to the ever looming darkness of deranged lunatic Fundamentalist hardcore Deathism, relentless in deranged exhortation to seek, embrace and share annihilation. With Integrated Recovery, the practice of Cryonics and the objective of Radical Life Extension can be rehabilitated from sheer hubris into a beacon of ultimate in social justice.

Chance card: Get out of death, FREE!

Sadly, around the world, in the current economic troubles, it appears that many are cremating their dead for wont of wherewithal to afford any other option. As it is, some medical schools offer a simple monument for body donors. One might even conceive also of providing some kind of memorial services, however modest, as well, indeed as beneficial and opportune also for good Public Relations, promotional opportunity and raising awareness of the issue. Although, and consistent also with the movement for families reclaiming the grieving process back from the impersonal and costly mortuary industry, gathering of mourners in the home of the deceased or of the bereaved, as for example, in sitting shiva, may be deemed infinitely the more comforting. Best redeploy of the mortuary industries, however, would be for their resources, relationships, facilities and training, towards a completely legal, safe and above board fully Integrated Recovery under international law. Surely that would bring forth the greatest blessing out from tragedy and loss.

 

Indeed, I imagine one day perhaps actually working in Integrated Recovery donor/cryopatient recruitment. As you can see, I even went ahead and designed a business card!

 

According to the Frekonomics Blog, Quotes Uncovered: "The Yale Book of Quotations, which attempts to trace all famous quotations to their earliest findable occurrence, lists this as a proverb. The earliest citation given, in the form “If you can’t lick ’em, jine ’em,” is from the Atlantic Monthly, February 1932, where it is described as one of Senator James E. Watson‘s “favorite sayings.” For example, when intervention in dysfunctional parenting may only quickly come to defensiveness and deadlock, in the alternative, a Psychotherapist consulting the parents of a patient in how to help their offspring, may thereby avail themselves of the devious opportunity, for all intents and purposes, actually to treat said parents. Indeed, the saying may mean infiltration into the enemy camp, in order to seize the reins of power, to co-opt even from within, to divert to or use in some or other alternative and perhaps improved role or capacity than previously usual, an idea, policy, agenda, strategy and membership of ones opposition or competition. To do it all differently and better. To beat someone at their own game, means to turn the tactics of the opposition to ones own victory, to oneself utilize their own methods to outdo them even in their own chosen or accustomed activity:

 

Indeed, tactically, and in line with the forging of lasting institutions, some have long gone so far as to form churches of Cryonics. Incorporation as a church may afford the advantageous legal privileges, deference and protection, especially in the all important ministration to the dead. Registered churches enjoy equal rights and ceremonial freedoms for their dead, that must be accommodated. Such clear obligation will protect at all sympathetic and encouraging but ambivalent timid and Cryonics squeamish doctors and mortuaries from whatever imagined and fearful liability and public backlash which inhibits them. Moreover, Cryo-evangelical interfaith work and relations will also be desirable for comfort to the sensitivities and sensibilities of patients of different creeds, by accommodation to various rights and ceremonies, the consecration of Cryonic vessels and more.

 

One such already, perhaps the best known, is Terasem, the Church of Perpetual Life. But is Tersem, with enough already on their proverbial plate, and embroiled in their own struggles, the right champion for such rights and rites, let alone embracing Integrated Recovery? Indeed, how might one go about establishing contact and getting their attention, in order even to pitch an idea? The range of existing institutions, in detail, demands further research.

 

Some Unitarian Universalist congregations are centered upon any particular creed, such as, typically, Christianity or sometimes Judaism, but any range of other faiths as well. Interest in Buddhism is always quite popular. Indeed, as a humanist activist organization, the Unitarian Universalists even welcomes not only Homosexuals but Atheists, Agnostics and the generally undecided and unaffiliated. -Although there are already Atheist churches and congregations, at all controversially even among Atheists. So: What happens at an atheist church??

 

There are even the Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness, though engendering quiet unrest within Unitarianism at the prospect of sanctifying unions of more than two partners, and not only same sex marriages. Throughout the world there has been religious persecution and exclusion of Cryonics. What would be the attitude of the Unitarians? Where are the boundaries of their celebratedly inclusive tolerance? All things considered, feasibility study may be in order, of the option, at least at first, how it might be adequate to the above purposes, easier and more convenient, to use the Progressive Ultraliberal and inclusive Unitarian Universalist Association as a vehicle, by likewise forming a Transhumanist Emortalist Unitarian Universalist specialty congregation or advocacy. Much as Gay churches cater to Homosexuality within Christianity, the Mormon Transhumanist Association addresses Mormon Transhumanism and Cryonics. Why not Unitarian Cryonics, more inclusively? Throwing in with the Unitarians could also provide useful preexisting resources, support and infrastructure.

 

All such preceding considerations are merely legalities, practicalities or crass Public Relations, all so vitally important. What could also be of immense service would be the integration of cadaverous donation and whatever mode of neuropreservation, into end of life counseling, choices, estate planning and logistics. Consciousness raising outreach, information and Public Relations outreach to hospice workers and councilors, as well as estate planners and the like, may be in order. But can there be more, in better ministration to what are called spiritual needs? And indeed, should there be? After all, there seems nothing Mystical about the rational materialism of transplant medicine and the like, let alone Cryonics. Indeed, even the famous atheistic religion of Marxism remains more Mystical, actually. Though nothing matches Emortalism for sanctity of life. Can there be any positioning for outreach to the psychology, sensibilities and popular appeal and Axiology of religion? And would such a thing even be wise or desirable?

 

What is more essential and less absurd than founding any actual legally ordained church or not:

In any social context, religious or secular, devotional or plain and profane, let Cryonics take PR position in favorable light before the collective psyche: A powerful and enduring myth indeed, is that of salvation by the redemptive formula of equivalent exchange for human transmutation, protection for the individual from the sting of death, purchased by purifying works of faith, acts of charity effortlessly employing, in one remaining opportunity, that for which they can have no more worldly use. -A liberating sacrifice coming at little sacrifice, like lead in to gold, a new cycle of help, mitzvah, wherewithal, restoring hope and commiseration in tragedy through the natural generosity response, to replace morbid and hostile conventional terror management and the ancient cycle of helpless sin and redemption only by mortification of self or else others, penance or else extracted revenge and humiliation. Postmortem organ and tissue donation is often the only point of light, of good and compassion out from tragedy, in a dark abyss of bereavement and despair. In addition, neurocryonozation (or perhaps neuroplasination?) for the donor, can only fan that flame of hope at least a little brighter.

 

The fraudulent denial, lying to oneself and Existential bad faith of conventional terror management of survivor guilt, prudish Moralism and hostile Xenophobia, denounces life at all, much less Emortality. But the sensible authenticity of fear of death and innate compassion which assures us that merely by existing at all, everyone is always worthy of any chance available for continuing to stave off death and somehow survive by any means feasible.

 

Disheartening as it may be to witness such blithely ubiquitous disrespect towards the individualism and responsible autonomy demonstrated even in looking into Cryonics for oneself and ones loved ones, in whatever unwarranted malign equivalency with amoral yet judgmental Objectivism, nevertheless, embrace of the values of reciprocity, give and take, the ideals of social entrepreneurship: doing well by doing good, all as epitomized in the concept of Integrated Recovery, can be no less welcome. Therefore, let the dire Necromancy of Cryonics, after all the only true hope of resurrection barring, if ever, the advent of retrograde time travel technology, join with our routine vampirism of blood transfusion and the sheer commonplace Frankenscience of organ transplantation, in the respectability of good will and reciprocity within the human family.

 

Integrated Recovery is a new business model and bold concept in subversive Thanato-Futurology towards universal coverage for cryonic neurosuspension (/neuroplastination?) as facilitated by the crafting of lasting social institutions and optimal non zero-sum strategic alliances of winning synergy: Free cryonic neurosuspension as reward for organ/body donors. So simple in principle, yet so complicated logistically.

 

The ultimate heroic measure in emergency medicine and the preservation of life, is Cryonic Suspension (or plastination, instead?), a method of preservation and storage of the clinically dead using current technology, however crude, in hopes of future restoration to life, health and youthful vigor via significant future technological advance. For this, however, only the brain is most important to preserve. Cryonic Neurosuspention is the cryonization only of the brain, which is far less costly than whole body Cryonic Suspension.

 

Anyone who admires donors, but reviles Cryonics, should be challenged to immediately register as a cadaverous post mortem donors, forswearing Cryonics. In any case, some people of whatever their own sensibilities, may deliberately opt for any one mode of post mortem donation among many, but not another. Whereas, many other people might opt to maximize their contribution, if only offered the alternative. Indeed, one might naively assume from the most obvious common sense, that optimization of so scarce and vital a resource would be the norm. Alas, however, on actuality, different kinds of post mortem body, organ and tissue donations, are so poorly integrated as even to come into legal and logistical conflict. This is lamentably wasteful, considering the critical shortage of donors. What is needed is a comprehensive integrated mode of post mortem donation. Cryonic neurosupension (or perhaps neuroplasination?), should also be integrated, if so desired. There is no reason why anyone who wishes to benefit from contingencies for Cryonic Neurosuspension, the Cryonization of the brain only (or perhaps neuroplasination?), should not also be able to be a post mortem donor of everything else! Indeed, herein is proposed, that as an incentive, Cryonic Neurosuspension (or perhaps neuroplasination?) for any donor that wants it, could be readily covered even as an almost negligible expense, from the revenues in tissue storage and other services crucial in the life saving endeavors of organ and tissue transplantation and scientific research. What a marvelous reciprocity towards human survival! It's only fair, after all, and just the decent thing to do. Nothing is simply too good, that can be imagined, desired and striven for to the full measure of human ingenuity!

 

At this point as things stand, alas the optimum strategy for overseas patients of KrioRus, would probably be to fly one way into Moscow while still barely alive! Because long delayed standing repatriation arrangements are still in the works, and the red tape is overwhelming. For another thing, although, remarkably, within Russia hospitals actually cooperate and open their facilities for Cryonics at the wish of dying patients, there are as yet no provisions for standby teams and cryostablization, for foreign patients, who arrive without benefit thereof, aside from cooling in transit, being packed cold by the mortuary shipping. That is no small part of why the fees at KrioRus remain so low: They only begin upon patient arrival.

 

Indeed, Cryonics standby teams are most exorbitant! Not everyone can afford it. But under Integrated Recovery, Emergency Medical Personnel would begin cooling and stabilizing patients, for the entire gamut of heroic measure, as appropriate, and work with organ harvesting teams trained also for harvest and preparation towards Cryonic Neurosupension (or perhaps neuroplasination?) and even Full Neuro, anti-ischemia included. -Then safe and reliable transport into Cryonic internment. All cost would be covered, profitably to the transplant and human materials industry, with no financial burden to the families of the Cryonics patients having already made their contribution as donors, to recipients also gaining their own new lease on life.

 

 
 
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Deathism, in bigotry against Cryonics, remains subtle and insidious. Actually only the most vulgar and marginal are openly hostile. Only the most hysterical plot obstruction. And yet, our frustration remains with sheer inertia, societally. Cryonics is not taken seriously, and trying to get anything done can be frustrating. Cryonics still is not integrated into the mainstream of care, thus denied crucially needed infrastructure. Indeed in quest of logistics, the most straightforward of business arrangements and relationships, even initially promising, tend mysteriously to stall and pitter out stillborn. Ironically, it often seems that it is Cryonics itself that displays suspended animation! Saul Kent, no less, has put forth that we have done it to ourselves, by retreating from the main stream and seeking to go it alone. We have not been team players! Integrated Recovery is a new business model seeking to amend the reclusion of Cryonics in a big way.

 

 

The feasibility of Cryonics, in the fist place?

 

Irresponsible people want things to be easy or impossible, Either way, we are off the hook. Case in point:

 

There is on the one hand, the most naively simplistic and fanciful notion of Cryonics, that one might expect to find in a silly movie, fading into the opining scene, as one fine day a cave man riding on a Wooly Mammoth, together quick frozen in an iceberg, drift into the tropics and thaws out in the sun. Then all they'll need is a jump start from an EMT, in order then to be awakened as good as new. Or perhaps they are struck by lightning and given life anew like Frankenstein's monster!

 

But then on the other hand, there is at just the opposite extreme scenario, a perception of consummately fleeting perishability and transcendental complexity, neurologically. That only life maintains ultrastructural integrity vanishing instantly upon death, like the will o'the wisp. The latter is a way of secularizing and removing God from the admonition that life and death are reserved for God, But this may still overstate the case, even just a little.

 

Salamanders struck by lightning, suffer permanent and complete amnesia. But humans do not. The human brain, then, is not like RAM that looses all information once electrical power is interrupted. Indeed, with the loss of oxygen supply, the cellular dying process to unravel neural untrastructure encoding memory and personality, is at all longer and more complicated, affording any window of intervention for timely preservation.

 

An important standard theory of viable neuroprerservation, is a pathology, an entropic definition of true irreversible death, that of information-theoretic death: A brain that isn't unviable, may therefore be viable. This Methodology is predicated simply upon evaluation of integrity of physical information, informed only by today’s still somewhat rudimentary neuroscience. And this harkens to perhaps the first and most naïve of at all more realistic theories of viable neuropreservation, that if the brain structures from the overall architecture down to the cells and the protein chains, remain howsoever intact, then that brain is considered viable. The tests are by examination and comparison, and even by electrical triggering of neural pathways. The corollary is that if they are chemically fixed, but otherwise intact, then they will be viable for future repairs that include undoing the chemical fixation with more advanced technology than currently available.

 

Consult the Selected Journal Articles Supporting Cryonics cited and hyperlinked at the foot of the Scientists' Open Letter on Cryonics, particularly as pertaining to investigation of ultrastructural integrity and bioelectrical discharge after long term cryonization of animal brains. This methodology may have a particular drawback, as may be analogized with assessing the condition of a manuscript in an unknown language. It seems fairly straightforward until considering that we might not know what to look for, what is more relevant or less so. There is the fable of the scientists in a foreign land, where they did not speak the language, who got lost because they had copied down the wrong signage instead of the name of the hotel as they had intended. Which brings us to the new theory of viable neuroprerservation that comes from Connectomics, the endeavor to discover and identify connectomes, even the simplest discrete memory structures in the brain. And indeed the critique from Connecromics of naive assay of neuropresrevation success and viability as applied to vitrification for neurocryonization, is that while destructive ice crystallization is indeed prevented, there remains some subtle molecular level dehydration which may contract and warp the brain mass just enough to at all obscure the connectomes. Cryonics is quickly adopting and integrating improvements in neuropresrvation as pioneered in Connectomics.

 

 

Of course, no matter what, Cryonics remains the best of a bad job with current and inadequate technology. Damage is therefore expected. All theories of long term viable neuroprerservation, are contexted upon prediction of significant future advancements science and technology for reanimation the reversal of medical death or: de-animation, in such fields as computing, neuroscience and nanotechnology, most specifically nanorobotics. -The ambitious assumption being that what is possible in very principle, is indeed therefore practical and practicable, but just not yet. It’s a long shot, pioneered by a movement unreconciled with death, Emortalism, the quest for practical physical immortality which also inspires research into the eradication of natural death by the pandemic degenerative condition known simply as aging.

 

A common argument against Cryonics and the expense of such a procedure or even for research! is admonition against gambling, resting upon the all too true observation that no living organism has yet ever been reanimated out from cryostasis. But is this even any longer entirely true? See: Killing a Patient to Save His Life or view the presentation with commentary.

 

Patients have long been revived from protective comas. Many are cured of cancer by radiation and chemo therapies, even if not consistently. And to conclude that there are no odds in favor of anything unprecedented is both ultraconservative and strictest Inductivism, flying in the face of all that history teaches us! Actual feasibility study can and does predict and even makes odds on all manner of as yet unprecedented developments within the realm of possibility. If we needed to see a moon landing before deeming such a thing feasible, then we'd never bother to try. So for new endeavors, we do need criteria for feasibility aside from precedent of prior success.

 

So can anyone truly prefer to remain within the control group of human mortality, rather than to join the experimental group of prospective corpsicles, indeed, even given no other options and nothing to lose? -except, of course, some money, of which, as it is rightly said: You can't take it with you! So, why not take the chance offered us? If death is defined by the point of irreversibility, recoverability, then the advance of medicine has steadily receded the point of death. One day, death by current criteria, may well become reversible. But all we can do now, is to stabilize the condition by whatever means if preservation. Given the diagnosis of death by current medicine, Cryonics affords unique opportunity for seeking a second opinion from more advanced medicine in the future. To refuse is like going down with the ship rather than booking a seat on the untested experimental escape vehicle. It takes a great deal of logic-chopping to buy into such unreasoning reasoning. Gambling in Vegas is indeed a sucker's game. Nevertheless, life is a gamble, and he greatest risk is to risk nothing ever. Certainty of such an undesirable outcome as permanent death, seems nothing desirable. Even any real possibility of recovery and survival must be better than none at all. What is there to lose then, in Cryonics? Reanimation, delayed resuscitation out from Cryonic Suspension, is not so improbable upon serious examination.

 

Incidentally, pending ever the advent of Integrated Recovery of course, I am looking into setting up an emergency line of credit on assets that remain no less usefully to me, to enable my estate to pay cost of cryonics for me. That way I will not need to sacrifice and set anything aside from limited economic resources (as by saving up or by paying life insurance, even after haggling for best rates), in the interim. That will help spare me hardship of difficult fiscal choices. So, really, if I can work out the logistics, what will I have to lose?

 

While there are volumes of expert publication in support of the prospect of delayed resuscitation and reanimation from cryonization, in all this time and after so much fuss there are still none to demonstrate the contrary position how and why reanimation from cryonization would be impossible or unfeasible, scientifically or technologically. For despite all admittedly daunting challenges and serous problems that must be fearlessly confronted and addressed, Cryonics presents a tantalizing engineering feasibility in principle, the best of a bad job in preserving dead brain tissue at extremely cold temperature, making do with currently available methods however crude, even as some would complain: thanklessly desperately well meaning and amateurishly botched, until such time as the technology progresses for the reconstruction therefrom of the personality, all nevertheless, like unto data recovered from a crashed hard dive! Significant advances in neuroscience, computing power and nanotechnology will all be required. In principle it all hinges upon progress, and in practice, at all if barely adequate long term preservation and logistics with luck against all mishap over the years. And as shall ne seen, the proposed program of Integrated Recovery, by breaking the current counterproductive reclusion of Cryonics, will also greatly advance vital professionalism therein.

 

Imagine the emergence of a promising but uncertain potentially lifesaving treatment, that first allows keeping otherwise terminal and by then otherwise dead patients indefinitely comatose, while scientists continue for as long as it will take, to work out the second stage of the treatment in order to effect revival and complete cure. Or imagine a time machine as a last resort for sending currently incurable patients into the future for more advanced medicine, but we won't know if the patients arrive safely on the other end, until that future arrives. Such is the prospect of Cryonic Suspension of the clinically dead. Cryonic or other preservation of the deceased by current medical standards (or if one prefers: de-animated), is a compassionate, rational, civilized and moral imperative, regardless that the final outcome remain unknown and remote. Instead to bury, burn pr otherwise dispose of the brains of people (or even pets) who yet could be repaired, restored and revived at some future date, is hardly less barbaric than withholding CPR from someone who has just suffered cardiac arrest.

 

So, is current preservation even possibly sufficient, no matter future technological progress? Indeed, exactly what is the minimum required success in preservation for the theoretical feasibility of reanimation? As Saul Kent points out, mainstream Cryobiologists are often as skeptical in light of the dangers of ischemia, as indeed, nanotechnologists and theoretical encryption and data recovery specialists can wax optimistic in light of so much truly remarkable progress under weigh in their field, in the endurance and recovery of all forms of damaged information. Everyone, different specialists, needs to listen more, to one another. But that's just Socratic Wisdom.

 

 

Neuroplastination instead?

Plastination is proposed as a cost effective means of helping to remove economic barriers for neurosuspension:

 

"it's something of an accident of history that the cryonics movement is the cryonics movement versus the plastination movement. Plastination is plausibly just as good a way of preserving the fine structure of the brain into a future where a patient can be restored to life as low-temperature storage."

- Plastinate Everyone' by Reason

 

 

To reiterate, Integrated Recovery as proposed, is to bring together the range of post mortem cadaverous donations, for every purpose perhaps even plastination, fa facilitating also cryonic neurosuspension. The Integrated Recovery proposal also explains the psychology of how becoming a donor and becoming a cryopatient in one, each so squeamish alone, actually help rehabilitee one another in the mind of prospective candidates. And a focus group is proposed to validate this claim. Logistical synergy will also be expounded.
 
But only imagine my surprise to discover the above assertion that plastination can do the job of Cryonics, for neuropreservation. So: Can chemical preservation methods such as plastination truly preserve the molecular structures encoding memory in the brain? -That is to say: as well or no worse than does cryonics... A feasibility study may be in order.
 
My body is my monument! According to Wikipedia, "Plastination is is a technique or process used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts, first developed by Gunther von Hagens in 1977.[1] The water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the original sample.[2]"
Plastination is currently used to make exhibits for education and for museum exhibitions. And indeed a celebrated and notorious brain on exhibition in the public eye, indeed thereby earning its own keep as a performer, as it were, might survive better and longer than a brain languishing in obscurity only consuming resources by its continued preservation in constant and helpless danger of abandonment. A unique BODY WORLDS exhibition, 'Journey into Tomorrow' is therefore proposed:
 
Journey into Tomorrow
'Journey into Tomorrow' is the working title for a proposed new BODY WORLDS exhibition, of brains of post mortem cadaverous donors plastinated with an intention of long term storage and eventual reanimation, all as a sensational consciousness raising for Integrated Recovery, with neuroplastination substituted for neurocryionization, but likewise still free of charge and thus an option both incentivizing post mortem cadaverous donors, and also by that sanctifying mitzvah, abating social and individual squeamishness with neuropreservation for purposes of eventually reversing death for the donor-patient.
 
To start with, prior to plastination, donor blood and corneas at least, perhaps also marrow samples, might be recoverable for transplant medicine, with expansion of the program and ongoing further integration and prioritization all hoped for into the medium range future.

 

Yes, any kind of improvement in the preservation technology to begin with, is always most welcomed. Indeed, just the opposite of plastination, there is even hope of breakthrough in a nondestructive actually chemically reversible cryopreservation process. There has even been progress in chemical free cryopreservation without damage. But such measures remain contingent upon even uniform cooling, so that success has only been achieved with tissue shavings on slides. But from a standpoint of hydraulics, it should be possible to make use of the circulatory system of the brain, for gradual and uniform cooling. Or more simply, rapid and even cooling is possible, via the sinus. Thus chemical free cryonozation poses an ongoing research challenge, however underserved and underfunded, only to basic mechanical engineering.


Indeed, ischemia may be averted by means of such technologies as RhinoChill: A New Way to Cool the Brain Quickly, eliminating trade-offs by first of all actually improving chances of short term revival, let alone improving preparation for cryonization, instead of surrendering immediate hope of revivals to the lethal toxicity and liability of chemical anti-ischemics for the last ditch contingency of cryonization. Indeed, just conceivably, perhaps under optimum conditions, by somehow or other provision also for ongoing oxygenation along with gradual uniform cooling in some conceivable artificial circulation process, the very neurocellular process of life might actually be maintained more smoothly into suspension, not just suspending the dying process and merely arresting decay. However, even bringing into practice all such crucial advances and improvements, cryonization will still remain a significant trouble and expense, a long shot far off the beaten path, the ultimate heroic measure of last resort in the preservation of life. But the struggle for survival on the frontiers of adversity, has always been so.

 

KrioRus, currently based in Moscow, already offers Cryonic neurosuspension at the unheard of impulse range bargain price of a paltry ten thousand dollars. And so often contending with widespread financial hardship throughout Eastern Europe, they even often work out payment plans over time for the families of cryonized patients. Oregon Cryonics is only slightly more expensive.

 

\KrioRus also coordinates the international interdisciplinary research effort in development of a comprehensive diagram of the aging process, that organizes out from confusion and obscurity, the sheer unsorted bulk of hitherto inert medical and scientific knowledge into a comprehensive branching timeline revealing even at a glance, viable strategies for intervention and directions for further research, into the conquest of the single greatest health hazard and killer of all, the pervasive congenital degenerative condition known as aging.

 

When I first discovered the KrioRus website, I was quickly impressed by the mission statement, to make Cryonic suspension the standard contingency, and by their offer to assist Cryonics activist around the world. Here was a door standing open to me, where I found at last, an outlet for aspirations and ideas that hither to I had no clue how or where to pursue, beyond perhaps simply browsing and posting online to whatever various Cryonics forums.

 

I have been very pleased to engage at length in far ranging and in depth conversation of strategic problem solving in cooperation with KrioRus. This electronic document is a recruitment outreach towards formation of a working group towards feasibility study ultimately towards management team formation and innovative new venture creation.

 

Post to my blog on KrioRus.ru or just email me if it's private.

 

 

Cryonics failure to launch: The crisis in business planning and implementation

The dire need for the crafting of enduring social institutions

The value of long term community partnership and strategic alliance

 

 
Although, technically, under law, no money may change hands for the organs and samples themselves, there is a tremendous, some would say obscene, amount of money and profit, tied up in all aspects of post mortem recovery, storage or: banking and emergency transportation of bodies, organs, tissue, chemical extraction, etc., from which added expenses of neurocryonization (or perhaps neuroplasination?) and interment would be easily affordable for the gain of each crucial additional post mortem donation.

 

Indeed, while donors cannot legally just sell their organs and tissues, there are frequently all manner of even generous monetary donations to cover their hospital stays and other expenses. And likewise, donations to the estate of a cadaverous donor, could readily be applied in order to defray any kind of burial costs, indeed even the expenses of neurocryonization which for legal purposes, entails scientific donation of the brain.

 

And so, a first step in implementation of Integrated Recovery will be for people who have arranged for Cryonic Neurosuspension, to further specify in their wills, cadaverous donation of the rest of their bodies as a secondary priority. The Cryonics provider would make the offer to science, education and medicine. And the estate of the Cryonaut/post mortem cadaverous organ and tissue donor, would be set up to accept monetary donations in order to defray neurocryonozation expenses. In legal technicality, there can be no quid pro quo in such arrangements. And yet it is all well understood.
Thence, Cryonics businesses need to widen profit margins by moving forward in taking any market share of the routine cryogenic storage of various human and livestock tissue samples as well. Indeed, as the first lynchpin of Integrated Recovery as a new business model, likely in legal and transparent collaboration with mortuaries, Cryonics diversification into post mortem tissue extraction and storage is where the big money is to be found in order to drive growth industry in financial support of universal neurocryonization (or perhaps neuroplasination?) coverage free of charge to donors along, also, with the steady development of indispensible world class facilities in Cryogenics and Cryobiology and major research fund raising. For finance and other indispensible services will be key.
 

·  The Nasty Side of Organ Transplanting: Body Parts and Business

 

 

 

 

 

“NO cryonics millionaire has left substantial cash flow or working capital to the "next generation" of cryonics activists [only] "perpetual trust" whereby cryonics millionaires have legally tied up their estates” Rick Potvin 

Despite being both Jewish and interested in Cryonics, I have yet to be invited into any secretive cabal of Jewish Cryonics! WTF?? LOL!! Whatever one makes of Potkin's broader conspiracism, not to mention: raving paranoid anti-Semitism, all notwithstanding, not only Mike Darwin as cited following, but Saul Kent himself, also bewails reclusion, lamenting of needlessly soured relations with the mainstream of cryobiology. 

Integrated Recovery is a new business model seeking to amend the reclusion of Cryonics in a big way.
(Yes Potkin, I am advocating assimilation!)

 

If indeed the Cryonics millionaires will never see reason and rally in solidarity within the Cryonics community in order to break such reclusion even within the Cryonics community, let alone from, the world at large, then other sources of capital, though scarcely any more readily accessible, must be cultivated via the proposed strategic alliances entailed in the institutionalization of Integrated Recovery.

 

The task will never be easy: Much as Environmentalism rose in urgency, from the crackpot margins to the top of the respectable global political agenda, likewise so too must Cryonics and Radical Life Extension. Indeed, the Mormon hospitals, charities and disaster relief, along with the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, for that matter, if somewhat less constructively, the multimillion dollar enterprises of Church of Scientology, like unto the vital commercial network and facilities of the Jews in Medieval Europe, all demonstrate how to become influential, indispensible and respectable even whilst remaining stigmatized. Rich and powerful institutions can also afford significant political lobbies. And this will be crucial given that the demands of Cryonics need to be facilitated by reformation of practices not only in repatriation of the dead, but also rescue, medical evacuation and more.

 

Inconvenience is another barrier in the market and to the consumer. If ordinary funeral arrangements are already a costly tribulation and distress, then Cryonics logistics are a discouraging exorbitant hurdle fraught with daunting stumbling blocks engendering hesitation and procrastination. Cryonics preparation cannot remain such a lonely test of committed responsibility and personal well organized preparedness unto oxymoronic Nietzschean Moralism. Worse, there remain additional hurdles and confusion, internationally. Not to mention the plight of the unprepared, seeking Cryonic suspension in the midst of sudden crisis. Perhaps most hurtful of all, there have been incidents of active persecution and sabotage. Smooth and reliable turnkey procedures must be realistically coordinated, implemented and made available to all. 

What would George Soros do?     Where are the opportunities for constructive positive intervention, particularly at the grassroots?    

The secure broad acceptance of Cryonics remains a problem quite aside from technology, a challenge of the creation of enduring social institutions, even in the face of hostility. Solid corporate facilities are a major improvement in stability from the dicey garage operations of yore, too often so fraught with incompetence, fraud and scandal. But not nearly improved enough. There is legitimate concern that Cryonics providers in the United Sates will simply face bankruptcy when the Baby Boomers begin dying out. Whereas as far as KrioRus, I hardly need remind anyone how that organization operates at the margins of a fairly unstable developing nation, with matters by no means improved by ongoing international banking and monetary catastrophe.

 

Third party life insurance policies are the most common and recommended mechanism for financially securing Cryonic Suspension. But an expert in financial modeling has suggested a far better idea: Insurance companies enhance their profits by using and reinvesting fees collected for years before ever paying out. A Cryonics company could benefit from the same flexibility by cutting out the middlemen by themselves doubling as a licensed insurance provider. Furthermore, the beneficiaries of insurance companies enjoy protection in case of corporate failure, that Cryonics patients do not. Indeed, Cryonics company could also enjoy all manner of protection from failure by obtaining permits and becoming its own licensed commercial, retail banks and investment bank. Why, just imagine that Cryonicists might ever actually gain renown as the responsible conservative captains of finance, after all, in it for the long term! 

 

 

 

 

Cryonics and fresh perspective: Resolving needless conflicts of interest

Hippocrates, The Doctor's Dilemma, Cryonics as a probortunity in the Medical Ethics of organ transplantation and more

 

The Hippocratic oath taken by all Medical Doctors is famously summarized to admonish: "First, do no harm." Of course, though howsoever the unforeseen exempts no responsibility within the well foreseeable, it remains really impossible to literally do no harm at all, because there are always tradeoffs and unforeseen consequences. Moreover, occasionally there is no other option except for such manifestly and seriously harmful procedures indeed, as surgery, even amputation, and not to mention radiation and chemotherapy, after all ever with life at stake. So perhaps the famous howsoever derivation from the Hippocratic Oath should be better understood as admonition to realistically minimize and avoid doing harm, as much as possible, practical and practicable.

 

Moreover while the practice of medicine, as likewise with education, is not experiment, both remain, nevertheless, experimental, guided by fallible hypothesis, trial and error. Therefore responsibility demands the open embrace of the experimental nature of human endeavor. Demanding impossible guarantees, only guarantees disaster. Indeed, much as security constraints most generally, must never exceed the boundaries of liberty and the dignity of risk by curtailing pursuit of happiness and thwarting gratification of any range of salient human needs, tangible and intangible, callow and profound, the same above Hippocratic admonition should also apply to the regulation of health care practice. In the process of providing patient protection, regulation must strive to avoid collateral damage of depriving patients of possibly beneficial options, most especially when there is nothing to lose.

 

There is no certainty. The very mandate of the FDA is irresponsible: No medicine or therapy should ever be deemed safe or unsafe, except by comparison to whatever other available treatment options if any, and including simply doing nothing at all, but only as at all tenable within hope whatsoever. To wit: The patronizing truth, that with years of study and practice of medicine, comes a superior understanding, and an inevitable communication gap with the panicked and grief stricken layperson in the heat of the moment. Continued efforts with no actual chance of success, then becomes tantamount to willful torture for all concerned, sustaining only false hope and denial. Therefore controversy rages over the contention that patient autonomy is not an absolute moral right and that health care professionals sworn to do no harm, are actually thereby not only permitted, but are sometimes morally obligated, instead even of abrogating better judgment and trying to beat the odds, instead to withhold and/or withdraw futile treatments even if the patient or the patient's surrogate request, even demand! that the treatments continue, because of medical futility and therefore wasted effort and resources and needless and pointless suffering. -Also, by any possible implication, because of protracted desperation of false hope, where surrender would be more merciful for everyone concerned. And this skirts disturbingly with "termination without request or consent." After all, even the best doctors can be wrong, fallible, ever more often jaded, arrogant, Moralistic and no less overworked and overwrought than anyone else.

 

Palliative care is extolled as the better alternative opened by recognition and acceptance of medical futility. In the alternative to abject surrender, fanciful religious delusion and worse coercion and manipulation, dubious comfort so often attendant upon palliative care, in the face of true medical futility, there should always be recourse to the ultimate heroic measure, Cryonics on standby. And this will be of tremendous help for best policy and decision making in regards to medical futility because: What more zealously stringent and concrete demarcation of medical futility might there be, but circumstances where continued support offers no hope of recovery and only worsens deterioration of the brain, thus ultimately undermining best Cryonic preservation? Cryonics provides a simple practical concrete benchmark for medical futility, as: the point where not only are the patient's chances of staying alive are veritably hopeless, but that their chances for recovery are actually improved by immediate cryonization. This would be the point where remaining alive any longer, not only provides extremely poor quality of life, but that keeping the patient alive actually only promotes ongoing deterioration of the brain. Thus, at such a point, would the unconscious patient's chances be improved by immediate cryonization in order to protect the patient's brain pending recovery of the personality in the future, when feasible with more advanced medicine and technology.

 

How better then, to protect the interests of both desperately determined patients and/or proxies and of misunderstood compassionate doctors? Cryonics is the preservation, above all, of hope. And hope must never be squandered. We must no longer abandon our dead, much less the dying. If you really want us all to share a clinical attitude towards death, then at least provide clinical treatment for the dead.

 

Indeed, and as for Cryonics, what's the harm at all? The harm from Cryonics is nothing practical, but only to the peace of mind of squeamish sensibilities of Deathism being: whatever comfort of sour grapes taken in the morbid cultural glorification of death. The harm from the very idea of Cryonics therefore is a collateral damage from exercise of freedom of speech in the face of taboo. Which means that the solution is from greater freedom of speech, howsoever honest, straightforward, blatant and insensitive, or indeed approaching Deathism as a delicate Psychodynamic issue, Psychotherapeutically and Dialectically. And the Hippocratic Oath famously summarized as: "First do no harm" applies in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy as Freud's injunction against suggestion at all (let alone the devious manipulative conditionality and coercion intrinsic to Behavior Modification). And in the Psychodynamics of Deathism there is new hope in Public Relations via sensitive and effective counterpropaganda indeed as facilitated by all the appealing and pro-social aspects of Integrated Recovery in dealing with pervasive and pandemic societal survivor guilt complexes.

 

Of course, under actual current circumstances, via any conceivable arrangements of Integrated Recovery, it would be organ harvest that would mitigate not only onus but liability from cryostabilization, because a patient can hardly be deemed dead enough for organ donation, but not dead enough to be prepped for Cryonic Suspension! Nevertheless, as a matter of Medical Ethics, there is a great deal that integration with Cryonics might be able to accomplish for the sake of transplant medicine in order, as it where, to return the favor:

 

Controversial tough decisions deserve every sympathy and understanding towards the requisite hardnosed objectivity, but never exemption from equally tough criticism. Case in point, an even somewhat insidiously surreptitious and even needlessly mealy mouthed return to "non-heart beating" death criteria.

 

 

The dilemma is of how organ transplantation requires living viable organs for transplant, therefore the medical Ethics of organ donation seek definition of some demarcation for medical and legal death, but before the donor organs will become unsalvageably damaged. Even though coma patients have ever been known to awaken even after years, either on their own or with any new treatment breakthrough, statistically, the longer a patient remains comatose, the lower the chances ever of recovery and awakening. However, whereas, brain death is the distinct determination of observed diminished brainwave activity indicating cessation of higher brain function leaving only autonomic brain function for a patient sustained on life support and with diminishing distant little hope of recovery and resumption of higher brain function and consciousness, declaration of "non-heart beating" death upon claims of irreversible loss of circulatory and respiratory function, goes well beyond merely observation that at the given moment, for whatever reason, heart beat is no longer self sustaining necessitating life support to begin with. Hence, howsoever often even quite without actual brain death determination, 'Cardiopulmonary' or "non-heart beating" death is not actually a diagnosis at all, but a best prognosis of imminent death, a surrender of all hope for the donor patient in order to open the way for timely organ harvest. -Indeed, striving to establishing any workable boundary precisely because literal cardiac cessation of cardiac death is prevented by mechanical life support, and where allowed, would then preclude viable organ harvest, only at best any tissue and corneal donation. Hence given as often by convenience of accepted protocol, the custom of pronouncement of "non-heart beating" death simply premised upon whatever length of time on life support having not yet resulted in patient reconstitution to resume breathing independently, two taboo questions are begged that are then uncomfortably pressed by Cryonics, indeed much the self same legal conundrums that frequently jeopardize the practice Cryonics:

 

 

Firstly, it's no wonder how serious controversy over death criteria increasingly mounts as regards questions of adequate testing Methodology: What, the donor is not actually braindead yet?! Shouldn't anyone even double-check?! And secondly: If the donor is not clearly and definitively brain dead, then precisely what prevents independent respiration from resuming naturally, and how, even by whatever costly and elaborate unconventional heroic measures, might whatever underlying problem be aggressively treated in order best to facilitate the successful achievement of patient resuscitation? Answer: First by aggressive ongoing mechanical Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) with pure oxygen using a device called a heart-lung-resuscitator (HLR) under anesthetic medication to reduce the brain's need for oxygen and also to inhibit shivering, under temperature management, cooling down (but not freezing or suspending) the whole body intact rather than just the harvested organs. -In short by means of Induced Therapeutic Hypothermia AKA Cryonics Stabilization in order to buy more time for transport and surgery to locate and repair whatever damage or obstruction actually prevents resuscitation. Although, much as with transplantation surgery back during its infancy, a tragically low success rate might be expected, whereas instead the donor organs could far more reliably save far more other lives. Nevertheless, all such extra effort on the behalf of the patient, regardless if the patient is registered as a prospective donor, can only help allay fearful urban mythology that organ donors will be denied full treatment, in order to kill them in order to harvest their scarce organs! Moreover, in the long term, such means of life support also greatly extends the window of opportunity for viable organ harvest. So transplant may still remain a possibility, in case whatever circulatory problem continues to defy diagnosis and treatment, and only further decline seems likely.

 

So, all as above given, precisely how can Cryonics ever actually help extricate Transplant Medicine from so ghastly a classic Doctor's Dilemma, from dire moral quandary of triage, in climactic resolution beyond merely further unwelcome dramatic obstacle prolonging seemingly intractable moral complication even further?

 

Answer: Now, even if patients waiting on dry ice, are indeed often actually Cryonized hours or even days after often sudden and unexpected death, such is considered less than ideal, whereas, optimally, Cryonic Neurosuspension likewise seeks to harvest a different organ, the brain, likewise preferably in best condition as soon as possible, though for cryopreservation rather than say, taking the head for a precedent setting whole body transplantation or head transplant, depending upon ones perspective. (Yes, the procedure is in the works.)

Hence, then, similarly the question will be of when to surrender diminishing hope in ongoing heroic effort at resuscitation and begin Integrated Recovery procedures. And thus the question now shifts from phony Epistemologically Methodologically and Ontologically dubious Faustian morally troubling procedural demarcations or indeed, to be more honest about it, hopeless prognosis of death in service of the pressingly real agonizing triage between the interests of donor candidates and those of waiting recipients, to instead merely deciding in best good faith, even however conjecturally and in doubt and with entirely enough second guessing and crushing core Existential despair nevertheless, in the best interests of the patient, which option best improves chances of long term recovery by minimizing deterioration of the brain, continued conventional life support in hopes of recovery, or cryonization in order to stave off information-theoretic death being the destruction of neural microstructures, conectomes encoding memory, to such an extent that recovery of the original personality becomes theoretically impossible by any physical means.

 

 

Thus, organ donation would remain a fortuitous byproduct as arising from misfortune, the metaphorical silver lining of the proverbial black cloud, and no longer a operant consideration of triage, while the glimmer of hope and meaning brightens in two fold new lease on life, for both neurocryonized donor and for grateful recipient. Moreover, under Integrated Recovery, with consequent legitimization for Cryonics in heroic preservation of life, medical institutions still howsoever derelict in the harvest of cadaverous donation from registered donors, will no longer merely be indirectly sealing the doom of some desperate and hapless unknowns at the bottom of the various recipient lists, but directly withholding vital treatment to the donors themselves as Cryonics patients. 

 

What a shame then, that neither blood transfusion nor transplant surgery much care to be associated with Cryonics. Alas, no respectable vampire or Frankenscientists cares to be seem with a poor vile Necromancer!

 

 

Expanding compassionate end of life choices and care along with the range of heroic measures

 

Various death rights proponents are also obvious strategic allies to Cryonics, but also, just perhaps, reproductive freedom activism, a common theme being the overthrow of biological destiny. Whereas, for example, in Russia hospitals cooperate fully with Cryonics, within the United States and the European Union, the expense alone of flying in specially trained and dedicated professional Cryonics standby teams can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars. And not every locale around the world has local volunteer cryonics emergency teams trained and equipped. It might be best also if those few doctors, locally, and their professional networks and advocacies, courageous enough for the responsibility and legal jeopardy of assisted suicide, might be cost effectively enlisted also for Cryonics standby services of cryostabilization including not only temperature management and induced hypothermia but the administration to legally dead patients of drugs even in lethal dosage towards minimization of ischemic damage and indeed, actually in prevention of resuscitation which would be calamitous agony and pointless if the patient would still only be dying nevertheless. For there is indeed notoriously zealous precedent in a New York District Attorney Hell bent on seizing, thawing and autopsying the head of a defenseless Cryonics patient, by actually charging Saul Kent with euthanizing a patent via cryostabalization, his aged and sickly mother Dora Kent, already legally dead at the time! -Although, of course, organ harvesting is never similarly challenged or harassed, despite far more significant ethical ambiguities in current practice, as surrounding "non-heart beating" death.

 

For another matter: Any challenge of intractable ennui becomes especially pertinent, given that the threat of eventual sheer protracted boredom is perhaps still the most frequent and hoariest misanthropic cliché Deathist objection raised against radical life extension and the quest for practical immortality or: Emortality. But frankly, this insults the intelligence. Death remains the Draconian solution to any suffering, given surrender of all other hope, but preemptively, by passively remaining mortal? Does any such recommendation of status quo, not smack of sour grapes? And who will really stick with aging and dying when Radical Life Extension becomes readily available? There are always those abiding in such dread of boredom or any moment's pause in reflection at all, indeed as to become thrill junkies ever hastening of their own demise. But you can have it! Time is ever among  desirable resources, not hindrance, towards fulfillment. And diminishing and negative returns from any one resource, only signal the demand for whatever other necessary complementary resources. Indeed, even the most miserable unhappiness accrues satisfaction in expression, understanding and sympathy, attention being, not only as in the words of Simone Wei, “the rarest and purest form of generosity” but after all, another function of engagement and the time invested. Indeed, under the law, metaphorically putting assisted suicide on the proverbial table, as in the state of Oregon, has been observed to bring the beneficial effect of forcing practitioners to understand, attend and rise to the needs of desperation and suffering of different kinds. Where there is life, there is hope. Lengthening healthy life lengthens hope. Death only ends despair where there is despair to begin with.

 

Medicine may one day be capable of selective removal or suppression of memories, on demand. Amnesia, if it could only be had, would spare one from the pain of loss. But memories may be all one has left of any past happiness! I will remember. Indeed death, the end of consciousness, is bereft even of thought at all. Phenomenologically, to live and to experience, is then to remember and to reflect, precisely as so demonized in Zen Mysticism. In the anime 'Cashern: Sins' the powerful amnesiac assassin Cashern, in sojourn through the wastelands of his own unwitting creation (so he is told), finding the land populated by the once immortal now barely living and clinging to life, comes to believe himself to be none other than the Grim Reaper. But finally recognizing their right to survive, even indefinitely once immortality can at last be returned to them, and though condemning the desire as somewhat callow, Cashern resolves to depart their world, he warns darkly lest the dead may ever be forgot; for then he, Death, shall return to remind the world!

 

But what can be the intention of this parable? Perhaps that many are there who champion memory as life itself. Memory, after all, is the wellspring of emotion, meaningful motivation, values, and therefore character and identity. Moreover, in the famous words of George Santayana: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." And often with such deadly karma. If we are all owed consideration while alive and hope at least to be remembered thereafter, then the callow transgressions of thoughtlessness and forgetfulness are often indeed most dire in dramatic consequence.

 

Any wish for death, immediate or eventual, or perhaps instead merely if not for amnesia, then sublime apathy, is sheer escapism, the yearning to end suffering which is natural. But the most radical pain management strategy of whatever mode of annihilation cannot be the preferred solution, despite the manifest efficiency and availability as ever the craven cynics are so quick to point out. Suicide and death, like rape and violence, are grand dramatic themes romanticized in fantasy spoiled by excessive realism. Deathism simply panders to the yearning for escape, generally a fantasy more safely and productively processed Psychodynamically than ever taken lightly and blithely enacted, even passively howsoever by simply allowing nature run its course into terminal aging.

 

In truth, what is attendant upon the appropriateness of grief, suffering that persists with whatever the injurious cause thereof, therefore valued as useful, even howsoever aversive, as often highly beneficial and meaningful motivation, is the impulse of expression, a desire no less that such relief cannot actually be called pleasurable. That and the yearning for understanding. There is no self salvation, no dignified exit. Barring intolerable suffering with no hope to give any reasonable point in delaying the inevitable, suicide only comes from dispirited self pity filling that void of yearned for expression met with understanding. And even the latter case of the worst suffering, may nevertheless actually be the more motivated by the sheer crushingly lonely sense of isolation because no one seems to comprehend their extreme plight, than by the relief from any other and more palpable adversity. Alas, death may often be a release more for onlookers who really can't be bothered, those malignant angels of death. For again, in the words of Simone Weil: “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” Conditionality, alas, prevails. The same exploitative manipulation into soothing helplessness, which is the hallmark snare of the bogus support group, is deployed even at the death bed.

 

The slippery slope argument may be a notorious logical falsity to begin with. Alas, however, that hasn't stopped the Dutch euthanasia zealots from from sliding down that very slope with a moribund gusto! Perhaps most egregious are elderly and infirm actually made to live in trepidation of "termination without request or consent." Even the specter of Eugenic infanticide may be rearing it's ugly head again, if the Pro-Lifers are to be believed. And then there is the assisting in the suicide of all manner of non terminal cases deemed incurable, even legitimizing, permitting, facilitating if not, indeed, actually pandering to the self harming suicidal impulses of the mentally ill or extremely depressed, abused and neglected.

 

 

Paternalists, bent upon benevolent authority and coercion, argue correctly, that even the highest values of individual free choice, let alone, for that matter, such aggregate thereof as the fabled Invisible Hand of the Market, can never be inviolably sacrosanct, being after all, human, fallible and prone to incidental misjudgment, let alone disastrous subversion. That argues to protective intervention, even however forceful, on needful occasion. But just because some, ever, is good, hardly means that more is better, automatically. The question is of civilized responsible interaction and review, proportionate intervention and compromise, no less fallibly than individual decision or market results to begin with. And this applies no less to individual pleas and societal market demands, for assisted suicide.

 

So at what cost then, and to whom, must the deranged be protected from themselves and from no less unbalanced and misguided practitioners? Clearly, responsibility is not best served by the manifest social contradiction of thwarting everyone uniformly simply in order to protect a mentally incompetent minority, nor indeed, even for purposes of at all curtailing the over zealous mercy of actively homicidal "Angels of Death," a practice that must remain subject to criminal investigation and prosecution. -A serious international concern given trends not only only of legalization of assisted suicide but euthanasia outright, and even with neither request nor consent at that! With Pandora's deadly box open, is there even hope of feasible regulation at the bottom? But then, was it ever really so tightly closed at all? At the very least, physicians have long been pulling the plug on life support, withholding care to terminal patients, or increasing dosage of pain medication to dangerous levels when there is nothing to lose, all towards merciful hastening of the end. -Never mind the more clandestine actively homicidal "angels of death" ever at work entirely on their own initiative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If only, of course, the wishes of the patient to begin with, among other restrictions, are at all to be enforced, strategic priorities in a bold new reframing of quality of life issues, may even be informed by the patient's own living will or Advance Directive. For example, one patient might prioritize any hope at all, even however slim, of resuscitation even by unusual and aggressive measures, before ever resorting to to the ultimate fall back position in measures of Cryonization, while another might instead prefer Cryopreservation and prioritize best possible immediate preservation of the brain at all costs in hope of future reanimation to full health, even over short term hope of resuscitation but coming at the cost in quality of life and integrity of personality, of increasingly certain risks of severe brain damage. The dilemma, of course, is in the evaluation and preference of foreseeable risks over hoped for benefit, anywhere between the two strategic extremes of heroic measure. For that matter, under any circumstances, actual mercy freezing, essentially what Saul Kent was falsely accused of, being: euthanasia under temperature management in preparation for Cryonic Suspension, which offers a means to curtail suffering without entirely abandoning future hope, is the only conceivable meaningful long-term compromise regarding assisted suicide. And understand compassion in action demands that people in all such dire straights making such impossible decisions either for themselves or for others unable for themselves, surely deserve to have and to know every available option. Anyone confronting only whatever extremes suffering either of physical pain and/or helpless final indignity, let alone the sheer loneliness of inexpressible terror that so breaks the spirit, all so pointlessly and without hope of recovery and survival, and already therefore bent upon assisted suicide, ought, no less than anyone else, aware as we are of our ever impending mortality, one way or another, at least to be provided every recourse to the real and precious hope, even deemed however slim, offered by Cryonics which should become standard for everyone.
 
Moreover, though Cryoperfusion threatens to contaminate organs for harvest and organ harvest by excision en bloc massively punctures the circulatory system thus complicating perfusion, in the alternative Cryonic Neurosupension involving perfusion of the brain alone, eliminates such conflicts, potentially resolving the contradictions. Or perhaps neuroplasination is the answer.
 
Alas however, the current existing procedures for post mortem donation as long standing and accepted, remain in real and significant disarray: At least in France among other nations, cadaverous organ harvest is routine procedure under presumed consent, and hence organ donation is effectively the default under law, unless the individual actually and specially opts out by leaving in their will explicit instructions to the contrary. Another proposed solution is a policy of “required response” or “mandated choice” would require that all competent individuals record an explicit preference regarding organ donation. Until more nations, as they eventually might, follow suit either way, throughout the world, there may actually remain obstacles to organ donors. Moreover, though the casual lay person might assume that the scarce and precious utility of a donated body would be maximized, alas, then the casual lay person would be mistaken. Because, in America at least, one must choose one from amongst the different applications of donation: organ donation to save lives, whole body either for science or education, plastination, or tissue donation or chemical extraction. Some people for whatever reason, are only comfortable with one application but not another, but for anyone seeking to maximize the benefit, perhaps under international law, a less wasteful protocol might be devised and instituted.
 
So, what has any of the above legalities to do with Cryonics? Answer: Legally, Cryonics falls under whole body donation. And with the option of Cryonic Neurosuspension (or perhaps neuroplasination?), why shouldn't the rest of my body go to optimal good use? Things as they stand seem criminally wasteful and negligent!
 
But conflicts or: contradictions and tradeoffs between the vital needs of organ harvesting as well as Cryonics and those of autopsy in the service of crucial medical and criminal investigation, must be optimized and resolved. Indeed, the rights of deceased individuals willing themselves Cryonized, is a vastly underserved legal concern and was the focus of presentation before the "For the right to life" human rights organization on September 6, 2010 at the State Darwin Museum by Danila Medvedev of KrioRus, under the auspices of the Russian Transhumanist Movement, and with pro-bono legal support provided by: Ассоциация Адвокатов России за Права Человека the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights (Russian Bar Association for Human Rights).
 
A fully Integrated Recovery procedure with autopsy and dissection with international participation by Medical and Chiropractic students, can only vastly improve future acceptance by the next generation of care givers. Concurrent with cryoprofusion, even the blood of a donor should be recovered, especially core blood and rare blood types. Anything recoverable will be accepted somewhere in the world where it is most sorely needed, even if there is resistance anywhere else.
Indeed, there are those advocating the treatment of organ donors as national heroes. And what better befits thereof than the ultimate in medical heroic measures, being Cryonic Neurosuspension (or perhaps neuroplasination?), free of charge? The expense can be easily covered within the revenues from the rest of Integrated Recovery, especially tissue harvesting and storage. At long last, there can be universal coverage for Cryonic Neurosuspension (or perhaps neuroplasination?), free of charge! -and an end to the donor shortage, in the bargain...
Integration of cryonics into recognized pro-social endeavors can only be image rehabilitative and complementary to vertical integration within the stability and reputability of long term institutions of commerce, also taking the lead in world class scientific and commercial cryobiology and tissue storage facilities. Cryonics even if indeed most reviled for Nietzschean individualistic selfishness against nature, has nevertheless been increasingly more sympathetically received in context of family tragedy, indeed as a pact between loved ones in hope and striving to reunite. Likewise Integrated Recovery, Cryonic Neurosuspension (or perhaps neuroplasination?) as an optional reward free of charge for post mortem donors, should be aggressively promoted as the very epitome of most noble reciprocity within the human family wherein every death is a grievous loss diminishing us all, and the survival of one, the triumph for everyone.
 

And a further incentive might be emulation or integration of the existing LifeSharers Program for organ donors to join, a compact wherein living members as ever needing organ transplant, are to be afforded priority from suitable member donors if and when as whom ever might become braindead, then declared legally dead. However, there is again need for legal framework to be brought up to date with needs and practices, because even whatever ethical misgivings aside, critics contend that the current agreement is not legally binding, and therefore, or so one must imagine, dependant entirely upon the honor system and moral suasion thereof upon the donor's surviving family. More officially, Israeli law grants transplant priority to registered donors.

 
 
 
 
Although routinely monitored full time, in a pinch, a corpsicle or brainsicle kept in a dewar or: cryostat freshly topped off with liquid nitrogen, can even go untended for up to three months thence, and remain undamaged.
 
Tanks with hatches and pressure seals, are far more expensive than double lined dewars with simple lids, retain low temperature better, and therefore make even longer use of liquid nitrogen, with better and longer safety margin in case of cooling system failure.
 
So the cost projection would be of amortization of savings in liquid nitrogen over increased initial outlay of tanks instead of dewars. Tanks may also be more readily available than dewars. Cryonisists have been making their own dewars, since hostile Cryogenicists have begun pressuring dewar manufacturers out of selling to Cryonicists. Whereas tank manufacturers are not so dependent upon mainstream Cryobiology for business, and sell to all comers.
 
 
Location, location, location!
 
International cooperation also advantageously allows for facilities anywhere in the world. And Latvia has been proposed as an ideal location by Cryonics activist Roman Lyubimov who's home city of Liepaja offers a major year round ice free seaport gateway between East and West, best facilitating international transportation and logistics.
 
Less restricted developing Eastern European legal infrastructure along with doctors and hospitals actually cooperative with Cryonics, affords flexibility and promise in better meeting the unfolding needs of Cryonization. All operating expenses, especially real estate or rent, are vastly reduced by the current economic downturn whereby Latvia has been particularly hard hit. The climate reduces year round cooling expenses of Cryonic Suspension. And while dry ice, let alone permafrost burial, is considered vastly inadequate for purposes of long-term Cryonic preservation, even permafrost as a natural fall back in case of catastrophic failure, is still arguably better than no such contingency at all, and certainly buying any extra time for whatever rescue or repair efforts possible.
 
Who even remembers that Silicon Valley in California, the world renowned center of computer industry, was once called Sonoma? Perhaps one day there will be a locale in Latvia, having risen and flourished as a global center for Cryonics, that will likewise come to renown as Kriosgrad, complete with theme park and ice hotel for Cryotourism!
 
 
 
Feasible levels and circumstances of improvement, most generally, for Cryonics and for post mortem cadaverous donation, in society, and broadest approximation of expected logistical cost versus benefit:
 
Too many registered donors die forgotten, without becoming donors. The system is in disarrays, and the shortage is always acute. An overhaul is necessary. Integrated Recovery would be optimal. Feasible levels and circumstances of improvement for Cryonics, follow:
 
In accordance with piecemeal engineering for meeting immediate needs, and further needs to come only as they arise and unfold, the first level and circumstances of improvement for Cryonics would be for better addressing current needs on two fronts: For one thing, patients currently cryonized only need the best chances possible to remain intact until delayed resuscitation and reanimation become possible. Integrated Recovery would help to foster tolerance and to institutionalize better safeguards. And for another thing, many people interested in Cryonics need a ready turnkey system and coverage for the expenses, just as with any other healthcare contingency. Integrated Recovery would better meet all those needs.
 
One great worry of Cryonics, is the care in perpetuity of cryonized patients, demanding ongoing attention and resources until delayed resuscitation and reanimation out from cryonics become possible. History is replete with failure, the decline and abandonment of enterprise costly and unproductive to the society, no matter what else depended thereupon. But there are also long term institutions, effective and resistant to corrosion. The tombs of the Pharaohs were abandoned and pillaged, and Hadrian's wall left undefended as the Roman Empire fell. Not to mention disasters of Cryonics provisions that simply unraveled in neglect, or failed in unforeseen circumstance. But for a salient counter example, Social Security endures, defying all plotting and scheming to bring it down. There seems a dire lack of vision: In order better and more securely to meet it's most urgent needs, the crafting of enduring institutions in Cryonics mirrored by societal practices and legal norms, still has a great ways to go. Corporate Cryonics affords a vast improvement improvement in stability over the most precarious garage operations of the industries infancy, but not yet secure enough by far, going it alone instead of integrating with wider social infrastructure. Integrated Recovery is conceived both to make the enterprise of Cryonics productive to the human materials industry and transplant surgery, and to afford Cryonics a similar sense of value and vested honor as protects and defends the compact of Social Security.
 
But from inception, the key logistical questions remain: how many new donors would it take to justify the expenses in implementation of Integrated Recovery, versus how many interested people can be coaxed off the proverbial fence plus how many more squeamish individuals can be cured of survivor guilt over Cryonics, in reciprocity for the grand mitzvah of Integrated Recovery? How can the secretive and reclusive prime movers in transplant medicine and the human materials industry be ferreted out and approached? Indeed, how can the Emortalist community be galvanized? Where can the venture capital be found, even for such humble beginnings as a focus group and/or a registry of interested potential new donors?
 
The next level would be ever wider practice of Cryonics. Logistically, provision of Cryonics is no different than any other desirable healthcare contingency. The resources are always found in order to meet whatever increasing public expectations. Under Integrated Recovery, by application of its potential incentive influence, Cryonics can more than pay for itself, as long as there remains sufficient demand for human materials. The expense of neurocryonization (or perhaps neuroplasination?) is negligible towards the worth and benefit of human materials, and all of the monitary fees and donations associated. Although, demand can be projected to fall as Integrated Recovery increasingly meets said demand. Various sidelines and vertical integration for Cryonics have already been suggested. But the current gap in post mortem cadaverous donation is more like a chasm! Artificial organs and tissue culture will also eventually begin meeting demand. But by the the time the desperate shortage of organs for transplant and other life saving human materials is finally addressed, by whatever combination of means, one might dare hope also that Cryonics will be widespread and accepted and Radical Life Extension research properly funded if not already come to fruition.
 
Buckminster Fuller famously estimated that the world runs at only fifteen percent efficiency, in other words, that from an engineering standpoint, the world is a shocking eighty-five percent inefficient! Indeed, war and bureaucracy top the list of greatest and most senseless waste. So there is a great deal of room for improvement to free up resources for all manner of desirable enterprise. Improvement in hospital administration alone, would go a long way in freeing squandered resources for improving and expanding all manner of healthcare contingencies. Social and technological progress, automation especially, also increases production at lowered cost. The greatest level of advancement of Cryonics, presenting the greatest logistical and material expense, would be routine neurocryonization (or perhaps neuroplasination?) for all upon clinical death. At that point Integrated Recovery would reach limits of production and ultimate in diminishing returns. However, the greatest killer remains natural death from complications of aging. So the need for Cryonics will decline drastically, with the achievement of Radical Life Extension, the aging cure and eradication of natural death. Cryonics will then become truly a contingency in case of the much rarer death by mishap from external causes, rather than the inevitable eventuality that it has always been hither to.

 

 

 
 
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This concludes case presentation for the present new business model towards incentivizingly free universal Cryonics coverage, in rehabilitation of Cryonics by inclusion in a proposed improved coordination of all medical/scientific/educational cadaverous donation herein dubbed: Integrated Recovery. What follows is fuller exposition upon public resistance that Integrated Recovery is conceived of in hopes to overcome.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

The scourge of Deathism
 What fools we mortals be!

 

Any philosophy that accepts death must itself be considered dead, it's questions meaningless, it's consolations worn out
 
Alan Harrington
 
A drowning man will grasp at straws. A drowning inventor can weave a raft from straw. But an effete, defeated and passive drowning academician will go down abstractly condemning the very value of life as deserving anyhow of no more permanence than straw!

 

 

 

Death is evil, so the gods have judged, or they all would die! Sappho

 

We know this much

by Sappho

 

We know this much

Death is an evil;

we have the gods'

word for it; they too

would die if death

were a good thing

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The scenario: A synopsis for a proposed Emortalist Science Fiction video
A patient, by whatever turn of fate, somehow cryonized without prior consent, awakens in the far future to complain about it bitterly and ceaselessly, speculating cantankerously, as to which of his or her idiot relatives had this done. He or she, young and healthy, yet carrying on like a cranky octogenarian, recuperates in a futuristic hospital setting, together with another similarly cranky youthful patient, instead simply wrestling with amazement and disbelief, even wonder.
 
Taking a meal, and accidentally dropping some cutlery, they come to realize that they are in low gravity. They hadn't realized it before, because they are both still very weak. The voice interactive computer system assures them that all they need is bed rest to be hale and hearty in no time at all. Nevertheless, the patient bemoans this alien new existence all the more! Finally, the other patient in exasperation, declares: "Then go look for an airlock!" The first patient responds by taking up the suggestion, indeed following the signage and seeking an airlock. The second patient panics and follows hobbling and breathless in hot pursuit through the futuristic installation. A low speed chase ensues. But then the technology in their new bodies activates, and soon they are bounding and sprinting like star athletes, even superhuman!
 
 
They soon discover that the airlock is located in a great chamber, as they plunge into an atrium featuring an amazing panorama, a sky enormously filled by a breathtaking view of the rings of Saturn. They are on Io! They stand agog, stock still in their very tracks. The great atrium chamber is filled with a crowd of patients, all similarly transfixed!
 
Outside two children in space suits, a boy and a girl, stand with their backs to the entire overwhelming panorama, gazing instead back inside at the astonished and entranced patients. Says one to the other, in boundless entertainment: "This never gets old!"

 

 

 

Two More Dumb Ways for us All to Die

[To the tune of: 'Dumb Ways to Die']

 

You'd be so much better off

frozen than just decomposin'

after wait'n to be completely sure

that we actually need an aging cure

 

[refrain:] ... so many dumb ways to die...

 

And we'll all be bumin' 'cause

We just never saw it comin'

Defunding the Asteroid Watch

ratchets unforeseen impact up by just a notch

 

[refrain:] ... so many dumb ways to die...

 

[spoken:] What careless fools we mortals be!

 

Resign yourself for just no real good reason

That the end must come in its own season

Stand there on the edge of the next evolution

Surrender at dawning of the revolution

Throw your hands up in the air like you just don't care

 

No rhyme or reason and just possibly

The dumbest ways to all die

The dumbest ways to all die

The dumbest ways to all di-ie-ie-ie

So many die

So many that choose to di-ie

 

Have compassion for yourself and others together to stay safe from the well foreseeable...
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Even if one avoids the mishap of death by external causes, we all still age to death. Someday even soon, aging will be curable and a thing of the past. Indeed, someday, even what we now think of as death will be reversible. The frontiers of resuscitation are ever advancing. But for the time being, the best that can be hoped for is some stopgap until then.
 
Hi there: As things stand, even as medicine improves, we all yet remain mortal. Therefore I am here to tell you about Cryonics, just in case no one else has. Many find Cryonics repugnant. What, are the other more standard burial practices so much more wholesome and appealing? Culturally, they may afford whatever illusion of solace. Whereas, real solace is the very least of what Cryonics provides. Many condemn Cryonics as somehow immoral. In truth, Cryonics is immoral precisely the way that sex is immoral: It's not. The perception is entirely born of bigotry that makes no sense and falls apart under the rational scrutiny and compassionate examination to follow. Others pretend not to care. But they too are in that denial called: terror management. Acceptance of misfortune is resignation, and resignation offers no peace save that of despair. For thus despair can actually function as a coping mechanism. In this context, acceptance is only denial of one's true feelings, secret misery and depression that impairs reason, decision making and capability. Such should never be extolled as being realistic.
 
The apologism of terror management is called: Deathism, the idea that death is not so bad, even quite wonderful, actually so good that we all gotta share! As arising unavoidably and circumstantially, the willingness even to lay down one's own life altruistically may indeed be most commendable. But the default expectation that individual death is somehow as a rule howsoever communally beneficial, let alone therefore somehow obligatory, none of which ever rationally follows, is only deplorable and tragic. Therefore Deathism must be exposed and debunked, the dangerous myth exploded.
 
But am I missing the point?
 
“It is well nigh impossible to talk to anyone about death, I find. Most people seem deeply embarrassed. It is like when I was a girl and nobody could talk about sex. We all did it, but nobody talked about it! We have now grown out of that silly taboo, and we must grow out of our inhibitions surrounding death. They have arisen largely because so few people see death any more, even though it is quite obviously in our midst. A cultural change must come, a new atmosphere of freedom, which will only happen if we open our closed minds.”
 
Jennifer Worth, In the Midst of Life
 
Those who in leading their lives, leave the most calamitously adverse impact economically and environmentally, indeed evil doers besides, inflicting greatest harm upon others in such self-righteously sadistic glee, still so blithely become insufferable martyrs in Deathism, spurning Cryonics in reticence to impose and burden society by cheating the Reaper. Also the most saintly, dedicated to good works for the love of humanity, still feel unworthy of the same supposed imposition beyond the years of life allotted them naturally. Likewise people who deal in all manner of risk taking long shots, even routinely, embracing hope as their mantra, still balk at even investigating Cryonics. Why such incongruity and widespread effete submission, taboo and passive suicide so utterly out of proportion?
 
A taboo is different from an explicit prohibition that can be examined and challenged, because what is taboo is an unspoken injunction against even speaking of whatever is so taboo. Indeed, there are even forbidden thoughts. Unspoken expectations of taboo are detrimental to transparency and open agenda setting. Items barred from open agenda become Transactionally ulterior malagenda. Taboo evokes crimestop demanding the rejection by silent neglect, of interesting and important matters. Taboo is unspoken injunction against even speaking of whatever is so taboo. Indeed, as taboo an expression of such ambivalence, there are even forbidden thoughts.
 
Taboo is challenged by setting an open agenda in direct violation of whatever said taboo. But arguing with people who can't think straight and won't say what they really mean, is frustrating to say the least. They seem like fools, not to be suffered gladly. But intellectual victory by default, is calamitous to those who value criticism and controversy. With no published science in opposition to Cryonics, Saul Kent went out of his way to solicit criticism from mainstream cryobiologists. And with no Deathism amounting even to good nonsense, it is Mike Darwin who shows understanding to a rejecting world so mystifying and exasperating to rational Emortalism.
 
So many people remain quite simply too guilt ridden to go on living! Discoursing upon THE INHERENTLY DISRUPTIVE CHARACTER OF CRYONICS in Part I of Cryonics An Historical Failure Analysis,’ only Mike Darwin makes insightful sense of all that is unsaid, indeed obfuscated by Deathism, which as shall be seen, is such diversionary hysteria exerting such strain upon my own and the reader's time and patience. Alas that the only alternative to taking the bait of diversionary rhetoric, is to let it stand unopposed. But first, a incisive paragraph of rare lucidity:
 
Excerpt from
Cryonics: An Historical Failure Analysis
Part I: Preface and Initialization Failure
By Mike Darwin
 
THE INHERENTLY DISRUPTIVE CHARACTER OF CRYONICS
 
...and at the very least it is inconvenient, incredibly unpleasant, and costly.
 
The real reason the Dora Kent drama played out was that cryonics, practiced well (optimally) caused extreme cognitive dissonance in the medical and legal authorities in the community in which we were operating. Over and over again they kept badgering me with the statement that, ―Two minutes was NOT long enough to wait after cardiac arrest before starting cryonics procedures. To which I responded repeatedly, ―Well then how long is long enough? How dead does someone have to be before it is OK to start working on them? You define death as when cardiorespiratory arrest occurs; you say nothing about what can or should be done afterwards. They found that enormously disconcerting and it made them angry, really angry.
 
Cryonics is Profoundly Disruptive of the Hard Core of Contemporary Civilization  Overturns Vitalistic view of life  Challenges the conventional definition of death  Erodes need for mystical afterlife  Invalidates core tenets of contemporary medicine  Radically redistributes capital and disrupts inheritance, bequests, and mortuary customs
 
So, if we look at cryonics objectively and in the context of this culture and this civilization at this time, then cryonics is just about the most disruptive and threatening idea that has ever come along. Unlike Natural Selection or Germ Theory, or even Heliocentrism, cryonics will inevitably overturn the Vitalistic view of life, challenge the conventional definition of death, erode the need for a mystical afterlife, invalidate the core tenets
 
Cryonics is Profoundly Disruptive of the Hard Core of Contemporary Civilization  Creates Survivorship Guilt  Indefinitely extends anxiety and uncertainty accompanying life-threatening illness  Prevents the psychological closure of ―true‖ death with disposition of remains  Creates indefinite anxiety about the wellbeing of cryopreserved loved ones
 
Beyond these inevitable long term effects, cryonics has a number of poorly appreciated (by cryonicists) severely psychologically damaging adverse effects. As Curtis Henderson observed, ―All biographies end in tragedy; everybody dies. Always.
 
A consequence of this is that no one need feel guilty about living – in the end we all end up dead – there are no survivors.
 
Cryonics changes that, because people now living have an opportunity to possibly ‘cheat ‘ death, and that means that if they choose to do so and succeed, they will have to face the prospect that they did not act quickly enough, or aggressively enough, to save the lives of all their other loved ones who have died or will die and not be cryopreserved. This survivorship guilt can be crippling, and in some cases all consuming – but at the very least, it is always painful.
 
One of the few advantages of death is that it is final. It puts an end to the suffering and anxious uncertainty that must inevitably accompany life threatening illness. Anyone who has agonized over the fate of a loved one in the Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU) can at least begin to understand the psychological impact of stretching out that period of uncertainty over a lifetime, and beyond.
 
The devastating effects of this kind of limbo are often seen in cases where children are abducted and not found, or soldiers are lost in battle, but no remains are recovered. Cryopreservation prevents the psychological closure of ‗true‘ death with disposition of remains and creates indefinite anxiety about the wellbeing of cryopreserved loved ones. Cryopreserved people are not put away in a cemetery where no further harm can come to them. Rather, they require INDEFINITE care, vigilance and protection. This is often a source of extreme anxiety in survivors.
 
Cryonics is Profoundly Disruptive of the Hard Core of Contemporary Civilization  Disrupts intimacy during the ―dying‖ process  May bitterly divide family members (opposed vs. in favour)  Blocks deeply held (conditioned from childhood) mechanisms for coping with death and bereavement: no wake, funeral, and other comforting rituals
 
These immediate detrimental effects of cryonics become intensified during the terminal phase of a cryonics patient‘s life. The presence of the Standby/Stabilization team and their equipment and supplies disrupts intimacy during the ‘dying‘ process, may bitterly divide family members (those opposed vs. those in favour), and block deeply held (conditioned from childhood) mechanisms for coping with death and bereavement: no wake, funeral, and other comforting rituals.
 
With the understanding of these general and largely unavoidable obstacles, we are now prepared to examine in greater detail the specifics of why cryonics failed to launch in 1964.
 
And we, gentle reader, are now ready to plunge into the diversionary morass of kneejerk antirational misanthropy that is Deathist apologetics.
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    Repellence, aversion and sheer disgust
     
    In the words of Arthur Schopenhauer: “A man must swallow a toad every morning to be sure of not meeting with anything more disgusting in the day ahead.” Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, mocked, shunned and reviled for the sheer audacity to order his medical students to wash the putrid smell of cadaver dissection off from their hands before delivering newborns (policy that he corroborated in clinical trials), ended his days confined to a lunatic asylum and brutalized. To this day, one way or another, medicine often actually endangers the public. But even entirely life saving medicine can be thoroughly disgusting. And there can always be too much of a good thing. Indeed, there is such a thing as excessive cleanliness. One not only be coddled from every risk in life and every provocative idea, but one can be overprotected even in anything so crucial and fundamental as hygienic sanitation. Without any exposure at all, no immunity or tolerance can develop. This is the cause of peanut allergy. And the new cure, is the ingestion of intestinal worms! A species that does not colonize the intestines, is used, so that they will simply be excreted in due course. But there is worse: The most effective treatment for debilitating Clostridium difficile intestinal infection, is an enema of a healthy person's stool, in order to restore symbiotic bacteria killed off as collateral damage from antibiotics. For some, fecal transplants are available medically under sterile conditions, but others who do not have such access, feel that they must resort to DIY at home. And just imagine the smell! But for truly raising one's hackles, leave us not forget how disinfected medical grade maggots are used in biodebridement for cleaning wounds of necrotized and infected tissue, even of gangrene, even thereby forestalling amputation.
     
    And yet, what is there more rightly disgusting than death, no matter how we try to clean it up or dress it up? Alas, it does no good trying to ignore mortality, rightly terrifying as the truth may be. After all, for all out sophistication and aspiration, we are still made of meat. And dead meat spoils. Many find Cryonics repugnant. What, are the other more standard burial practices so much more wholesome and appealing? Mortuaries are professionals who help ceremonialize bereavement and terror management, but behind the scenes, after the the mourners have all gone home, mortuaries are sanitation engineers engaged in waste disposal, sparing the rest of us from the ugliness of what nature has in store, as expendable and replaceable. Whereas, Cryonicists, even more so than abortionists, are real heroes often left to their own devices in contending with great adversity and even persecution, compassionate and ever vigilant care givers building a future that can embrace our loved ones as entirely worthy to live.
    Cryonics inconclusive?
     
    Obviously, Cryonics is indeed untested. But this is no objection because dying patients have every right to untested medicine, and everything to gain. -As does medical science and society. Doctors and scientists can be no more infallible than any other life and death decision makers every day. As House MD says, ultimately the treatment is the test. But the heroic measure that is the practice of Cryonics is only a stopgap, stabilizing the condition of de-animation, pending a second opinion upon the diagnosis of death as understood under current medicine, from more advanced medicine some time into the future, let alone treatment. And there's the rub! The hoped for results may be long in coming.
     
    Cryonics may refer to a field of scientific inquiry, any hypothesis, or a practice. Cryonics is a perfectly reasonable question and a viable hypothesis in answer, with supporting evidence. When a logically valid assertion is criticized as inconclusive, that means that while remaining viable and unrefuted, that the evidence could be stronger and more persuasive. But then, it always can be. Since we are all fallible and there can be no certainty, the question always remains quite rightly controversial as to reasonably how high to set the bar for what is to be deemed conclusive. The mistake is to imagine that the conclusiveness of theory is somehow transitive into the advisability of practice. But its more complicated than that. Indeed, there are two quite different problems of Epistemological Methodology: In the ongoing quest of Empirical Scientific Method, ever closer to truth, viable scientific hypotheses, such as do not at least yet stand refuted, are evaluated according to ever debatable standards of supporting evidence, experiment yielding repeatable observations. But this takes time. And in the interim, there is the problem of effective and responsible decision making in the here and now, indeed as including decisions upon the allocation of resources for ongoing research. Pioneering visionaries knew that spaceflight was possible. It wasn't just lucky guessing, but assessment of engineering feasibility from already established science. If no one believed a moon landing possible, until such was accomplished, it never would have been attempted. Lives often hang upon untested experiential medicine. Waiting for conclusive results then is not an option. In the short term, especially in urgent matters, opinion, risk benefit assessment, effective and responsible decisions, must all be guided by a preponderance of available evidence.
     
    Demanding better evidence, is only good science. But decidophobic willful blindness simply ignoring urgent problems and existing evidence, and paralysis adamantly demanding as yet unavailable unassailable evidence even for urgent life and death decisions in the here and now, is flagrantly irresponsible. Life is trial and error, a progression of ill informed decisions.
    Skeptical incredulity born of casual ignorance
     
    An obvious major motivation of Deathism is escapism in the grips of aging and decline, lending death at long last, the luster of a long awaited end to wariness and suffering. This, of course, is extremely short sighted, given the prospect of reversing aging and even death. Now that new hope dawns, comforting terror management has become an obstacle to self preservation and survival. Before daring to raise risky new hope from Existential despair and the certitude therein, many will first demand, similarly, any certainty that cryonic preservation is even actually feasible. And feasible only in principle for some time in the remote and alien far future, or feasible as a practical matter here and now? In other words: Will advanced future medicine and technology to return cryopatients to life, youth and full health, be adequate even to compensate for all shortcomings of today's still rudimentary preservation technology? This will require the recovery and reconstruction of the damaged molecular neutrally encoded information of individual personality from a long inert and clumsily preserved human brain. And clearly, this is a lot to ask, daunting even in sheer imagination. And yet the expert scientists most pertinently informed, tend to predict that in all likelihood, this can and will indeed all come to pass. And clearly, so do the most virulent opponents of Cryonics. Or why else would they bother? Without further adieu, then:
     
    As the saying goes, no question is too stupid to ask, and no answer too wise to be given. Even remembering to ask: Why has death always been inevitable? And: Why has death never been reversible? And in rejection of the supernatural, seeking physical causal explanation, prompts the next questions: How might death, now better understood, be indefinitely forestalled and even cured, reversed? Even this must never be accepted as impossible, without explanation and evidence as to how and why so.
     
    To begin with, it bears mention that there are those who are still friendly to Cryonics, even despite believing that, in the current state of the art, the endeavor is doomed to failure and reanimation will never be possible for today's cryopatients. These supportive disbelievers contend that the attempt advances science and medicine. And clearly, it does. Therefore certainly no harm is done. Thus, clearly, skepticism alone does not adequately explain actual even prevailing hostility.
     
    Obviously, it remains preferable and seems more reliable to remain alive, rather than attempting unprecedented return from the dead, afterwards. After lifetimes of pretense before the world and to themselves, in struggle to come to terms with their own mortality, desperate dying people, changing religions in quest of the hereafter, and spending fortunes on magic, lying to themselves, still won't go anywhere near Cryonics, perhaps because for that they must first honestly acknowledge impending death. And many cannot endure to acknowledge impending death, except in defeated resignation and more pretending not to care anymore, again, lying to themselves. Worst, such resignation, the peace that comes from the surrender of all hope, is so often encouraged in order to comfort the dying! In the words of Simone Weil: “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” Alas, in truth, death may often come as a release more for onlookers who really can't be bothered, those malignant angels of death, stroking, pressing, wheedling, conniving and stealing even entirely appropriate grief, from those most vulnerable and bereft of hope for whom grief is their sole remaining possession. And all faster than you can say: "It's for your own good, dear!" And this is all the more tragic, because the compassion to share and validate entirely appropriate grief might help to foster more sound and life saving decision making. But prevailing attitudes and conduct stubbornly ignore and discourage the life saving experimental heroic intervention of Cryonics, much as, similarly, Christian Science taboos medicine at all. But such is the cultural and psychological phenomena called: Deathism.
     
    Indeed, seemingly at all less hardcore Deathism can manifest in the error of simple death acceptance, to accept as reality, inevitable death for all living beings that are born and have a brief finite period of life in the world. But were one to ask: Why do you contend that all eggs are green? And answer given is that you accept the reality that all eggs are green, does not such then beg question of circuitous reasoning?
     
    Furthermore, honest assertion means offering statement of Ontology to the best of one's own knowledge. Whereas, acceptance is an emotional state, condition or attitude. And to conflate the two, only sows confusion. Hence by "accepting the reality" indeed risks precisely such confusion.
     
    It is by far better and nobler, as Camus recommends, to remain unreconciled with death. And more, to take action in Cryonics. Because there is no dignity in death or bereavement, but there is the one comfort that makes any sense, in doing all that is possible. Where there is hope, there can be a new lease on life in a better tomorrow. Sounds all too familiar, you say? Is Cryonics anything more than some pseudoscientific spin upon the same old promises of faith? Yes, because there is a difference between wishing and doing, between dreaming and planning. Some believe that that difference is that plans are modest while dreams are over extended pretense. But history has also seen ambitious plans come to fruition, and even the most meager of pipedreams dashed. Indeed. failure can result from asking too little.

    "To accept
    reality" is colloquialism for individually overcoming personal denial mechanisms or perhaps those of one's culture. But if that is the intended usage, then whatever particular denial mechanisms deemed to have been overcome, remain unspecified. And any comparison between any such cultural denial mechanisms on the one hand, and science of cryobiology and/or gene therapy research, on the other, needs to be made explicit. The implication is of the not uncommon dismissal of Emortalism, Radical Life Extension research, and the practice of Cryonics, all by comparison with religion. But the comparison is only fair if not only whatever similarities but so many salient and distinct dissimilarities, are also considered, before declaring such broadest equivalency so dismissively. Otherwise, the argument must be rejected as unserious. The real question persists: Is Radical Life Extension research and/or the practice of Cryonics, rational and scientific? And those remain Empirical determinations and Epistemological Methodological evaluations for serious critical examination.
     
    Again, to accept mortality because it is reality, and then to posit that mortality is revealed as reality by the acceptance of mortality as reality, is nothing but arbitrary circuitous reasoning, cynicism buttressed in faith. And it is all to easy to dismiss skepticism in regards to the prospect of practical immortality as exactly so closed minded. But any cogent rational doubt, beyond mere failure of imagination, can be stated as a problem that may be solvable. Moreover, does acceptance of an assertion mean the same thing as honestly believing whatever assertion in question to be true (correspondent to external reality) according to the best of ones own knowledge? Or otherwise, what else would (arbitrary?) acceptance of an assertion as true mean except closed mindedness and failure of imagination? The problem, again, is that acceptance, emotionally, is entirely distinct phenomenon from judgment of truth or falsehood, opinion or belief. People have all manner of motivation towards attitudes of acquiescence and resignation Vs. determination and rebellion in any matter whatsoever. -All quite different from the honesty of admitting known reality Vs. all denial not to. So the very phrase "acceptance as real" if taken literally, may conflate these distinct cognitive and emotional phenomena. And the argument as to who truly believes what, may side step the more fundamental questions of knowledge, truth and external reality. In the face of uncertainty and imperfect knowledge, Cryonics affords the opportunity of getting a second opinion from future medicine, even in the diagnosis of death.
     
    'The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey' (1988) is an Australian time travel movie, notable for showing how mind boggling our great cities would seem to preindustrial folk somehow tunneling through time and wandering out from the desert, their desperate pilgrimage so clueless of modern medicine and salvation from plague. The dramatic image affords perspective: We are as they, in struggling apprehension of unknown futures. But we who have lived in times of ever more rapid progress, bearing witness to history day by day, can recognize ourselves from better perspective than they who hardly saw their world change within their own generations. Those who assume that things have always been much as they are now, show little appreciation of history, let alone of futurological forecast of things to come, no less radically different. Such has it ever been, thus will it ever be, they said of lethal pandemic, and still say of aging and natural death. For in truth, the preindustrial past was like another planet, and so will be the impending future. Those ignorant of the eradication of cholera and polio that swept the land in death everywhere, cannot fathom the coming eradication of aging and natural death. How then can they begin to imagine the reversibility, the cure, even of death by mishap from external causes? The familiar cannot predict the unfamiliar. Only extrapolation from what is known, can conceive of any novelty. But that applies for any fantasy.
     
    So how is the Sci-Fi future and more attainable than Heaven above? Anyone who knows me to be an honest person and highly intelligent, should wonder why I give credence to such extreme and fanciful seeming notions as of ever curing and reversing death itself, by first quickly arresting decay and then far later repairing the damage, and finally restoring biological activity. The truth is that there is good reason and supporting evidence. That is why so many top experts also buy in to the physical possibility and feasibility. And the desirability seems obvious. Might they all be mistaken, and the incredulous masses be correct? Yes, of course. But I'd be curious to understand exactly how!
     
    It is important for each individual to educate themselves in order better to prepare for the future in which at least some of us hope to live. The conversation among scientists and engineers engenders a different worldview than ignorance and jaded blithe indifference thereto. So comparisons with Mysticism and Theology are inevitable, even in the seeking for and reading of signs in quest of miracles: Indeed, even the first laboratory synthesis of urea (yes, the stuff in urine) was embraced as demonstration that biological substances are of the same chemical nature as anything else, therefore likewise subject to chemical analysis and artificial duplication. And similarly, there is indeed an undying immortal living being on this Earth, a single cell in a laboratory Petri dish, fed only enough to keep it alive, but not for mitosis, cell division. This experiment illustrates how aging and dying are merely physical processes that can in principle, when better understood, be curtailed much as any other physical process; and we are now learning how to do just that. -Not just to extend life span incrementally, but to cure and actually reverse aging indefinitely, indeed as has recently been accomplished with laboratory mice. Progress of science, technology and democracy too despite all setbacks, ever advances in new fruition, while prophesy continues to wait. All not despite but actually because of how the questions of science remain open, even while faith claims the last word, even by the sword.
     
    Indeed, for the tantalizing hope from remaining viable hypothesis, from as yet never refuted physical possibility and sheer engineering feasibility in principle, of delayed resuscitation and reanimation out from Cryonic Suspension, the evidence such as cited in the long standing Scientists' Open Letter on Cryonics, that information-theoretic death can be forestalled by measures of conectome preservation, that living material can in clinical death already be sufficiently preserved well enough in order to be repaired later on and returned to life, once we learn how, and particularly that the microstructures encoding memory and identity can already be sufficiently well preserved along with the brain, for information retrieval, recovery and reconstruction like any other kind of data or physical information, later on, again, once we learn how, is no different than the reasoning of extrapolation and evidence in support of all manner of theoretical possibilities, some already realized and others not. Heavier than air mechanical flight springs to mind. So does the advanced nanotechnology, advanced neuroscience and sheer computing power for engineering simulation, all required for the hoped for end goal of Cryonics, being delayed resuscitation and reanimation. So take a chance! It's better than none.
    The reason why it is necessary to be quick in resuscitation in case of suffocation or heart failure, is because of the onset of successive cell failures and then decay. The dying process of the brain is popularly misunderstood. Suffice tt might not be as lightening quick as often imagined in the mainstream. This dying process happens for physical reasons, subject to physical intervention such as cooling to slow it down. But can there ever be intervention such as actually to repair damage? consider the damage caused by radiation poisoning, intracellular impact with subatomic particles emanating from the radiation source. So it is clear how only nanotechnology will be able intervene directly to make repairs within the very cells, in order to save patients dying from radiation poisoning, for whom today, beyond palliative care, there can be no hope except cryonization until the therapy will become available. The damage from radiation poisoning begins on such a minute scale, that only nanotechnology will be able to accomplish the requisite repairs. The same is true of all manner of tissue damage as occurring in the cellular dying process that steadily continues after clinical death, let alone as incurred in any preservation process in order to arrest decay. And it stands to reason that if repairs are conducted successfully, if only information-theoretic death has been forestalled, that after repair, delayed resuscitation, reanimation, can become possible.
     
    It stands to reason that both proponents and most virulent opponents of Cryonics, still do agree as to the feasibility of Cryonics and the prospect of delayed resuscitation and reanimation out from Cryonic Suspension, in a future when death will be curable, reversible, and so will whatever sickness or injury killed them on the first place, especially just old age, which has already been not just arrested, but actually reversed, in laboratory mice. Anyone that doesn't believe that last, has simply not been following the news. But I digress.
     
    Many people just don't believe that delayed resuscitation and reanimation out from Cryonic Suspension is feasible or ever will be accomplished, or so they say. But does so to say, mean that they still won't believe it, even after it has been accomplished? After all, there are those remaining convinced that the moon landing was a hoax. Or do they only mean that they don't see how, and that they don't see the evidence? In that case, the problem is only ignorance of science and lack of appreciation of history and progress. They are not forward looking. Indeed, they are already behind the times.
     
    And yet the behavior of the Cryonics unbeliever is often distinct in the reluctance to speak openly, unlike, for counter example, debunkers of the supernatural, advocates of various different political policies, or even proponents of alternate viable cosmological theories. Perhaps the reason is despair. Those who despair may lose hope even to double check their predicament.
     
    There are really three levels to be considered, of extremity in Cryonic Suspension and difficulty in the challenge ever of resuscitation and reanimation out from Cryonic Suspension.
     
    First of all, there is, generally, any type of hibernation that does not actually involve cessation of biological activity, real clinical death. For example, frogs that survive the winter thanks to their own natural anti-freeze, chemically lowering their freezing temperature, or children drowning in frigid water who could be resuscitated even after forty minutes instead of only twenty. And there is temperature management, cooling down to help comatose patients, together with drugs to suppress shivering.
     
    Secondly, there is short term Cryonic Suspension. In demonstration, in 2004 a rabbit's kidney was cryonicly suspended, biologically inactive, and later warmed up and reanimated, then successfully re-implanted. But far more impressive demonstration in the E. R., has been accomplished since then. But does decades of pioneering groundwork in Cryonics receive due credit for any part towards such breakthrough? Be that as it may: Resistance from distain and incredulity are slowly beginning to thaw in the face of scientific marvel and medical progress pressing the reevaluation of plausibility, feasibility and risks entailed in the prospect of delayed resuscitation and reanimation out from cryonic suspended animation.
    Consult also, the Selected Journal Articles Supporting Cryonics cited and hyperlinked at the foot of the Scientists' Open Letter on Cryonics, particularly as pertaining to investigation of ultrastructural integrity and bioelectrical discharge after long term cryonization of animal brains.
    The purpose of long term cryonization is in order to stave off information-theoretic death, being the destruction of neural microstructures encoding memory, to such an extent that recovery of the original person is theoretically impossible by any physical means. Cryonics typically involves not only chemically lowering the freezing temperature, but achieving a glass-like freeze, drastically lowering damage from ice crystal formation, in other words: freezer burn. And this applies particularly to long term suspension, that may involve also chemical preservation, effectively ruling out revival by any means available under current technology because we are as yet unable to reverse such processes. An entirely chemical free freezing might be possible, if only the engineering problem of more evenly cooling even of larger organs and animals where solved. But to the other extreme, even Plastination has been proposed as a part of long term preservation. That's right: Soaking tissue in plastic resin and turning it into plastic, as in those notorious and sensationally grizzly museum anatomical displays! And some even hold out even dim hope, that dead people who where embalmed or who's brains are kept in jars of formaldehyde for science and medicine, may one day be recovered and restored to life, reversal of permanent chemical preservation techniques being the very least of challenges to that end.
    Preposterous? No, entirely plausible, from the formal stance, the general concept of modern science, that things are what they are because of the way in which they are structured, or: Gestalt. All that is required is but the most crass materialism: Indeed, gentle reader, I will demonstrate that if you believe that everything is made of atoms, including people and our brains, you already believe in the feasibility of Cryonics and the prospect of delayed resuscitation and reanimation out from Cryonic Suspension.
     
    Consider, for illustration's sake, the Science Fiction trope of teleportation, tearing objects and even people down in order learn how their atoms are put together, converting that structure into data, and then rebuilding them, atom by atom, somewhere else, afterwards, guided by the transmitted data in which the structure is recorded. Will that ever really be possible? That question of feasibility exceeds the scope of the current work, not to mention the knowledge of the author. But what might be called a poor man's teleportation is already on its way: Nowadays, from popular science infotainment, we all understand the wonders expected from nanotechnology, a technology still in its infancy. Nanotechnology will attain mastery in positioning atoms themselves, and thus the difference between all things and conditions of matter, including life, even the repair of dead tissue at all preserved and intact, back to life and function. Tiny cells will seem huge, from the perspective of a nanomachine, with plenty of room to get to work.
     
    Whereas teleportation in Science Fiction is generally envisaged as nigh instantaneous, self replicating molecular scale robots, or: nanites, could, in theory, map microstructures at all more slowly (to avoid ignition from friction), but perhaps less destructively, and then use the data to copy whatever they have mapped. Or they could repair it. Or the data could be stored and then used in computer simulations. All of this is impossible, only if the potential of nanotechnology has been vastly overestimated. But it is by far more likely, just the opposite, that the ramifications of nanotechnology will exceed all expectations. And the expectation already exceed all that was even imaginable before the concept of nanotechnology. After all, life itself is only nature's own nanotechnology. And the wonders of technology only partake in the wonders of the universe as investigated by science, all that might even be physically possible.
    The other problem is that the best preservation possible today remains so imperfect, and damage will be so extensive. That means that to recover the personality from a cryopreserved brain, extensive reconstruction will be necessary. Within a certain threshold in damage, of recoverability, the exercise in principle, is much the same as recovering and reconstituting data from a crashed hard drive. And progress in the science and technology of data recovery and reconstruction, as applicable also to physical information (micro and even atomic structure of material objects), is truly amazing, and already exceeds naive expectations!
     
    Another question is of how well microstructures in the brain are preserved by our current and frankly still primitive preservation technology. And the answer is, according the papers cited and linked from Scientists' Open Letter on Cryonics, that there is cause for hope.
     
    Lastly, if the brain can be restored and brought back to life, what then? The answer is, by one means or another, to give them new bodies. In other words, more Science Fiction! But only choose from the different means of so doing as typically presented in Science Fiction: Those very technologies are less sophisticated than what will be needed in order to recover and restore the personality from a cryonized brain to begin with. But don't take my word for it. Be convinced by your own research. If we can already grow new teeth and soon limbs, we can clone entire bodies around the restored brains. If bionic prosthetic limbs will soon be better than the original, then so too will entire robot bodies under direct neural control. Indeed, data mapped out by those nanobots will be used in simulations as part of data recovery and reconstruction process. And a simulated brain could live in a simulated body in cyberspace! Many people already yearn to upload their consciousness onto computer networks. And that too will one day become possible, only given continued technological advance in the same directions already now under weigh. These are only the most obvious possibilities mentioned in passing. There are all manner of scenarios worked out in great detail. Technology is ultimately limited only by physical possibility, and these possibilities are indeed the least of what scientists and engineers, some of whom write Science Fiction, foresee. Because science is more than the strict Empiricism of the immediate and tangible: Science is extrapolation, hypothesis to be subject to critical preference and then tested against reality. And Science Fiction was invented for the dramatization and expression of the speculative element.  
     
    Because what is truly unbelievable, is to expect things to remain generally the same. They never have. The world is changing at an accelerating rate of acceleration. If death can ever be understood as a matter of physical causality like anything else, and not supernatural, then is it realistic to expect that death will simply never be overcome? The point is: Just as skepticism about climate change defies scientific consensus in the reality of climate changer and global warming, not to mention the cause being human activity, similarly, those who still cannot fathom and don't believe in the feasibility of Cryonics and the prospect of delayed resuscitation and reanimation out from Cryonic Suspension, even in the face of all known evidence in support of theory, such is to disagree with the experts who know most about it. But perhaps some dissenter knows something the most respected expirers fail to regard. It happens all the time! So now it's my turn to press the naysayers with the question as to why. The ball is now back in their court. Remember that while there is a substantive body of published and peer reviewed science in support of the feasibility of delayed resuscitation and reanimation out from cryostasis, there is none in refutation. And one can only consider both sides, when there are at least two sides and they are both presented.
     
    There do remain two further separate and important problems aside from science and physical possibility ever to be realized in technological progress: First of all, the prospect of delayed resuscitation and reanimation out from Cryonic Suspension, requires successful preservation in the interim, against every peril and pitfall of time, dissolution and neglect. And secondly, social progress into favorable social conditions will also be required. Just one gamble after another! All must and shall be rigorously addressed, for anyone who will remain open minded and put aside despair long enough. Nothing is easy. But with Cryonics, exactly what is there to lose?
     
    Admittedly, the preceding in abbreviation of greater substance and complexity, therefore runs the risk of oversimplification. As the saying goes, the devil is in the details. But if the argument in principle is made clear and shown to be sound, in order thereby to mandate deeper investigation, then mission accomplished! The preceding serves merely as a kind of study guide for anyone actually at all interested, by which to understand the significance of the hyperlinked citations from the Scientists' Open Letter on Cryonics.
     
    Ralph Merkle, Ph.D. on Nanotechnology and Cryonics goes into further detail and scope.
     
    More hardcore Deathism, active disapproval and even most virulent hostility towards the very objective of practical immortality, will be dealt with in all that follows. But any of that would be of interest more to those with strong feelings on the question already, not just the skeptical incredulity truly only born of casual ignorance.
     
     
    Feasibility?
     
    “When you find yourself on the side of the majority, you should pause and reflect.”  Mark Twain
     
    The ultimate heroic measure which is Cryonics, makes the best of a bad job with current preservation technology. Hoped for reanimation, delayed resuscitation out from Cryonic Suspension, will require anticipated extreme advances in neuroscience, in nanotechnology, and in sheer computer power. But exactly what is the minimum required fidelity in preservation for the theoretical feasibility of future reanimation? Although claims have been advanced from microcellular analysis, that molecular structures encoding human memory, have at all been successfully preserved by Cryonics, as Saul Kent points out, mainstream Cryobiologists are often as skeptical in light of the dangers of ischemia, as indeed, nanotechnologists and theoretical encryption and data recovery specialists can wax optimistic in light of so much truly remarkable progress under weigh in their field, in the endurance and recovery of all forms of damaged information. Everyone, different specialists, needs to listen more, to one another. But that's just Socratic Wisdom.
     
    So how adequate are actual practiced Cryonics, at preservation, no matter how good will become, the hoped for future technology to salvage the content of the mind back into life? This is an extremely important practical question to Cryonics, at all discoursed seriously within the Cryonics community. Alas that more is not done to improve Cryonics procedures, in light of the risk from short comings that have been brought to light. Against all legal and logistical obstruction, Cryonics struggles to provide at all possibly adequate services, much less to the very highest standards optimal to every concern, as might be ideal. But what is the more remarkable, is that opposition to Cryonics does not seize upon any of this. Debunkers of claims of the supernatural, UFO sightings and the like, routinely bring rigorous science to bear upon adversaries they do not take seriously and pursuits that they consider a waste of time. This is because they so passionately endorse the power of reason in polemics of public education. Whereas, much as the American Medical Association more dishonestly and propagandistically denigrates Chiropractic while refusing to conduct clinical trials, with similar cavalier closed mindedness, Cryonics simply isn't taken seriously enough to begin with, for such fine points as scientific rigor and evidence, much less real sober consideration of the prospect and the obvious merits of the prospect of overcoming death by Cryonics, by Radical Life extension, or via the former as an ultimate fall back in case of death by mishap, and primarily by the latter in order to put an end to death by natural causes, by aging, instead of the current geriatric battle of attrition in merely treating the symptoms instead of their underlying cause of aging. Indeed, there is active hostility against Cryonics, if anything worse that that against Chiropractic.
     
    There is simply no scientific opposition to Cryonics, let alone Radical Life extension. There has been no published attempt to refute the feasibility in principle, of reanimation out from Cryonic Suspension, much less that of Radical Life Extension, the aging cure, which simply looms ever nearer, too near to ignore, even at the glacial rate of public support. Virtually all religion defends, indeed celebrates, death. And even without the trappings of religion, apologetics for death, Deathism, the morbid glorification of death, endures and persists. As Deathism continues to garner such ill deserved gravitas, Emortalism, the advocacy of emortality, of practical immortality via Radical Life Extension research towards the aging cure and eradication of natural death, with Cryonics as interim stop gap to remain thereafter as contingency for death by mishap, is simply and even arbitrarily not taken seriously. 
     
    Even however seemingly stubborn or stupid in persistently missing the point, Antiprocess is a cycle of the psychological defense mechanism or filter for avoidance of cognitive dissonance in preprocessing threatening or unsettling information subconsciously but not consciously, indeed, actively evading conscious processing, lying to oneself in order to evade responsibility. Antiprocess commonly manifests in selective self reinforcement, illogic, vigilantly dense half aware lame rebuttals and evasive non sequitur stock responses including poorly analyzed counter examples in flawed support all thereof. Indeed, such complete surrender of honest integrity and the good faith mechanism of ordinary sensemaking, observably undermines narrative reconstruction of events towards plausibility.
     
    Thus, no matter how strong the position of Emortalism, the Emortalist, no matter how well armed in knowledge, reasoning and rhetoric, wanders tired and starving on the battlefield of competing hypothesis and public opinion, with no adversary to engage. Death is omnipresent, and such drastic changes in the human condition as the end of mortality, seem distant and theoretical, as well as darkly forbidden, consistently reinforcing crimestop and shear failure of imagination. And as we shall see, only digging deeper, sociologically and psychologically, makes any sad sense of Deathism. Indeed, as we shall see, all known Deathist arguments are as readily trumped as any religious apologetics. Deathism, primafacia, simply is not sane, serious, reasonable or intellectually rigorous, any more than any other bigotry, no matter how prevalent, ubiquitous and accepted.
     
     
     
    Being old is dirty and costly! Paradoxically, the eradication of aging and progressive degeneration, even while increasing population, will still reduce the economic and environmental impact. If death is all that life means to you...

     

    The Four Horsemen of and Bankrupt and Refuted Deathist Apologetics are:
     
    Tithonus Error: Mythical Tithonus got his wish for immortality, but forgot to include eternal youth. Not to worry, we've thought this through.
     
    Death Gives Life Meaning: But only if death is all that life means to you.
     
    Overpopulation: Both the economic and environmental impact of population growth because of indefinite life spans, will immediately be more than offset by the dividends from eradicating the extremely costly ravages of slow death from from aging.
     
    Afterlife: Bah, Humbug!
     
    Then why argue?
    Again, am I missing the point?
     
    A taboo is different from an explicit prohibition that can be examined and challenged, because what is taboo is an unspoken injunction against even speaking of whatever is so taboo. Indeed, there are even forbidden thoughts. Unspoken expectations of taboo are detrimental to transparency and open agenda setting. Items barred from open agenda become Transactionally ulterior malagenda. Taboo evokes crimestop demanding the rejection by silent neglect, of interesting and important matters. Taboo is unspoken injunction against even speaking of whatever is so taboo. Indeed, as taboo an expression of such ambivalence, there are even forbidden thoughts. Taboo is challenged by setting an open agenda in direct violation of whatever said taboo. But arguing with people who can't think straight and won't say what they really men, is frustrating. They seem like fools, not to be suffered gladly. But intellectual victory by default, is calamitous to those who value criticism and controversy. With no published science in opposition to Cryonics, Saul Kent went out of his way to solicit criticism from mainstream cryobiologists. And with no Deathism amounting even to good nonsense, Mike Darwin shows understanding to a rejecting world do mystifying and exasperating to rational Emortalism.
     
    Discoursing upon THE INHERENTLY DISRUPTIVE CHARACTER OF CRYONICS in Part I of Cryonics An Historical Failure Analysis,’ only Mike Darwin makes insightful sense of all that is unsaid, indeed obfuscated by Deathism, which as shall be seen, is such diversionary hysteria exerting such strain upon my own and the reader's time and patience. Alas that the only alternative to taking the bait of diversionary rhetoric, is to let it stand unopposed.   
    Deathism, what a racket! A racket, after all, is any dishonest scheme or ongoing transaction, all not as it contrives to present itself and as is tacitly accepted or endured by the majority of those involved, but in actuality a scam or fraud, a deceptive practice of coercion and manipulation conducted for the benefit of a few cronies at the expense of the many. Get with the program: The program never fails. You fail the program! The masses will always comply in ever greater effort and diligence jumping through hoops and fighting amongst ourselves for scraps, believing and rationalizing just about anything, all in order to obtain whatever artificial scarcity or bait-and-switch, no matter how plainly contrived.
     
    The diversionary tropes Deathist Apologetics and Sophistry insult the intelligence and break the heart. What then is the true crux of he matter? Even readily acknowledging that even such doctrines as any other thoughts, ultimately are still driven by the same creative libido, Nietzsche attacks doctrines such as Asceticism, Nihilism, religion and even morality, that oppose and oppress the will to power, the drives to live and to grow. Well may one ask, however, putting aside emotionally loaded expression and in all dispassionate consideration, and especially if even morality and any other values may be brought into question, then what is so wrong with opposition to life and to growth? The answer is, in all dispassionate consideration, nothing whatsoever! That is because there is no logical problem, and no logical solution, one way or the other. As G. E. Moore observes, desires are neither true not false: selfish and altruistic alike, they are desires. And first is the desire to live and consequent aversion to death. And Zen Mysticism and the like, neverwithstanding, desires, self preservation especially, can never truly be quelled. That is nothing but dishonest denial and taboo.
     
    In truth, effete doctrines such as Asceticism, Nihilism and religion that oppose or oppress the will to power, the drives to live and to grow, are therefore ambivalent. And the choices in the face of such effete ambivalence remain either honesty or denial. Doctrines such as Asceticism, Nihilism and religion that oppose or oppress the will to power, the drives to live and to grow, in their ambivalence tend towards exhortation to dishonesty and denial, themselves in turn tending towards dishonesty and denial. "More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must die “the worm at the core” of the human condition" motivating such pervasive denial simply in order to cope. Indeed, Roen Horn expounds upon the vivid parallels between Deathism & Stockholm syndrome. And yet, even in the most abysmal abyss of denial, there stirs always the urge for honest confrontation with ambivalence. The pros and cons, desires and aversions, even for life itself, may be assayed. Indeed, the question is begged, of survival instinct even amid all the foulness of life. Hope endures, and to be honest, hope like life, is a terrible burden that many will go to great lengths to be free from. Only greatest of values can motivate hope in the face of life and despair, some vision inspired by desire. Such are values that people are loath to surrender even for the extinction of hope and the liberation to suicide. One ambivalent strategy, therefore, is sublimation placing other values beyond that of survival. But that rather seems like sour grapes, despair with life fobbed of as transcendent hope, ambivalent, neither free nor hopeful.
     
    Whereas, if the empowerment of a better life and growth can only be imagined, it shall willfully be preferred and desired more than mere escape can be. Practical immortality is most desirable, imagined as one most would like it to be. But Deathism struggles instead to every length in imagining that extended life span only means more time for life to sour, belittling human progress and preferring death to the frightening responsibility for continual renewal entailed in the will to power, life and growth.
     
    And Deathism remains ubiquitous: 
     
    Imagine a patient with a terminal condition. Death is certain and there is no treatment yet. But there is a time machine to send the patient to the future, when, eventually, there may be a cure. Of course, the time machine may fail. The wormhole may collapse, and the patient lost in transit forever. So: With nothing to lose and everything to gain, who would refuse the risk? How is going down with the ship, a better bet than even the flimsiest lifeboat? How does a life vest chafe worse than chains and an anchor? Who would prefer to stay put and die? And yet, this is precisely the decision that has been taken, and on a mass scale! Of course, there is no wormhole: Transit to the future is attempted via Cryonics. Nevertheless, such is the leaky lifeboat time machine of last resort when the ship of natural life finally goes down. So why be resigned to just going down with the ship, when it isn't necessary, when there is still hope, however uncertain? It just boggles the mind.
     
    Moreover, we are already on the verge of reversing aging and thus eradicating natural death, if not death by mishap, forever! And yet research remains underfunded, even at long last, with FDA recognition. Collectively, we are actually dragging our feet towards self preservation! Thus we each remain under a death sentence. Is this really any less alarmingly self destructive than war, poverty, oppression, environmental degradation and defenselessness against catastrophic impact from rogue asteroids?! Many proclaim that Humanity is a cancer upon the Universe that must be quarantined upon our one Earth, leaving the dead empty reaches of outer space pristine and pure. As with the industrialization and migration into outer space, reaching out for the bounty of the Solar System in order best to solve our planet bound problems here on Earth and live better, the true barriers to eliminating death remain social and psychological. Deathism is the name given to the morbid glorification of death as actually something necessary, not so bad, or even very good. So good we gotta share!
     
    One way or another, Deathism can be compared to Christian Science, as a creed of taboo that dangerously discourages and obstructs potentially life saving care. But Deathism is far more prevalent. All serving to explain the importance of seeking to understand Deathism. "More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must die “the worm at the core” of the human condition" motivating such pervasive denial simply in order to cope., Indeed Roen Horn expounds upon the vivid parallels between Deathism & Stockholm syndrome. How bleak to look the proverbial gift horse in the metaphorical mouth, regarding the prospect of living indefinitely or if need be of actually suspending life and later curing death! For nothing less than practical immortality is the goal of Emortalism
     
    Deathism engenders willful blindness, inaction and underfunding. Cryonics, going it alone instead of becoming better integrated with available infrastructure, and perhaps also Radical Life Extension research to reverse aging and eradicate natural death, currently function within the restraints produced by Deathism in society. Just as with other kinds of bigotry, practice of Deathism retreats beneath the surface, as bigotry becomes less palatable in society. No one protests: "But my best friends are Emortalists!" Never the less, time and again, initial friendly support, mysteriously dissipates in business connectivity for Cryonics. Follow ups never materialize. Calls and emails are no longer answered. Thus, no one need admit squeamishness and then account for the sly backhanded disrespect of their aggression. Cryonics is widely despised. People are squeamish whether they show it or not. People, even Atheists, will only go so far, in tolerance of Atheism, even their own Atheism in their own minds: It's one thing to embrace reason, outgrow and forgo the empty promise of faith and the hereafter, but its another thing to rise to the challenge and try to do something about it. The offer of help via cryonics, for the terminal or the bereaved, the unique compassion in the very idea of just going as far as it will take to ameliorate profound tragedy, may even be warmly appreciated, but nevertheless rejected. It's just too much, too good for mere mortals so heteronymously enjoined to accept our fate like sheeple to the slaughter.
     
    Deathism, again, is the name given to the sentiment, the terror management strategy of blanket denial, that adamantly opposes or resists using whatever technology in striving to overthrow death. But like most advocates of working to end mortality, indeed by every experimental heroic measure, I really cannot fathom the normally prevailing sentiment of Deathism! It is a mystery to me. As we shall see, the Deathists talk such utter bigoted nonsense! I wonder, might there be more to it?
    The evidence in corroboration of mortality is ubiquitous beyond serious deniability, whereas any evidence in support of the feasibility of reversing or indefinitely preventing death, is less corroborated and less direct. And nothing demonstrates feasibility as well as accomplishment. But if we needed a moon landing as the only compelling demonstration of the possibility to reach the moon, then we never would have tried. You can't bet on a horse after it has already crossed the finish line! Funding and patient participation in experimental trials of life saving treatments, is inspired by hope, not certitude. The certitude of the alternative, the fate of the control group, makes for little recommendation thereof. So, will you need recourse to Cryonics? Yes if it will succeed, but no if it cannot. And better to have it well arranged, and not need it, than need it and not have it. Anything to actually improve ultimate survival odds even after clinical death, deserves due diligence! To wit:
     
    The scientific/technological/medical feasibility of practical immortality is not seriously in question. The long standing Scientists' Open Letter on Cryonics, in support of the feasibility of Cryonics now and delayed resuscitation with more advanced technology sometime in the future when the technology will arise, cites selected papers in experimental support of their position. And there have still never been any published scientific publications in opposition. There are rigorous debunkers of claims of the supernatural and of flying saucers, but nothing of the sort to challenge even the most outlandishly optimistic aspirations of Emortalism, Cryonics and Radical Life Extension, and all notwithstanding even the most virulent Deathism. Indeed, science is abuzz with the exciting news that aging has been not merely suspended but actually reversed, in laboratory mice, bolstering the hope not merely that life spans can be extended but that natural death can finally be eradicated, just as lethal infectious pandemics the likes of Polio have already been in the past century. And death by mishap will eventually be reversible. That is why that objective is called: Radical Life Extension, not just incremental life-span lengthening. Thus, to reiterate, skepticism as to feasibility of practical immortality, cannot rationalize Deathism. Indeed, it is clearly the very feasibility of practical immortality that so alarms Deathism.
     
    Treating the condition is always less costly and more effective than merely treating the symptoms as once with Polio and still in gerontology. We can soon eradicate natural death, much as pandemic lethal infectious diseases such as Polio have been eradicated in the previous century. Nor can concern over any practical consequences rationalize Deathism. While Radical Life Extension will increase population, paradoxically it will reduce the economic and environmental impact or: "footprint" by eliminating all need of costly gerontology and special care in declining years, for a growing population of the aged, even restoring youthful productivity to combine with the experience and sagacity of seniority. Youth will no longer be wasted exclusively on the young!
    Thus no dire practical consequences can rationalize Deathism. This also renders unlikely pessimistic predictions of the wholesale and incendiary rejection of practical immortality by society, as manifest in any sort of disastrous Reactionary crackdown much as with Prohibition and the War on Drugs, extremely unlikely. No one need be called upon to drop dead and make room! Thus Dystopian mandated lifespan limitations and scheduled executions will not ensue any time soon thereafter. And yet, so many people remain quite simply too guilt ridden to go on living! Because entailed in Cryonics, if not in Radical Life Extension, there is a lesser subversive and disruptive impact upon traditional societal and individual comfort and closure in bereavement, as Mike Darwin explains in Part I of Cryonics An Historical Failure Analysis’.
    Radical Life Extension and Cryonics are reciprocally important, because: 1) Cryonics is the only available stop gap until Radical Life Extension becomes available. 2) The reanimation, delayed resuscitation out from Cryonic Suspension of the cryonized elderly will obviously require Radical Life Extension, the aging cure, no less than curing fatal injuries, fatal diseases, or any other terminal condition that necessitated cryonization in the first place. 3) Even with Radical Life Extension and the eradication of natural death, Cryonics will still be necessary for treatment of death by mishap. The frontiers of delayed resuscitation are already beginning to yield in the E. R.. Indeed, when reanimation, long term delayed resuscitation, will at last be achieved, the technology may become simpler and more reliable than frantic life support and emergency treatment as we know it.

    This leaves all the silly Nihilism of Deathism herein so diligently and extensively researched and rebutted at such length: That life cannot be appreciated without death, that nobility is impossible without suffering and sacrifice, that there can be nothing new under the sun and emortals will be doomed to ennui, that Heaven awaits, etc. ad nausea. And while there are all manner of legacy all and each perfectly good in its own right, children, memoirs, monuments, institutions and more, none are really any substitute for life lost. And the peace and invulnerability of death is little consolation, either.

    Actually in opposition to Emortalism advocating and striving for practical immortality, Deathism, again, is the name given to the morbid glorification of death as actually something necessary, not so bad, or even very good. So good we gotta share! The condemnation of practical immortality is at least a qualified condemnation of life. But such qualification is ultimately disingenuous. For in order so to condemn life, one must condemn the human condition, either situationally or by condemning human nature, or else resolve that human character and circumstances are always intrinsically and irresolvable mismatched, for everyone, and always will be. Indeed, in order to reject practical immortality, without utterly and openly condemning life to begin with, it must be resolved both that no value endures, and that there is nowhere to go from there. -both eternal verité and progress must be discredited forever. And if that is not Nihilism and value-destruction, then what is?
     
    Surely the height of Deathism includes war mongering, suicide culture, and any combination of the two in ideological avocation and glorification of murder spree-suicide, being lately so all the rage lately among the disaffected and gullible. Is it excessive to suggest that prevailing attitudes all along, are only different by degree and perhaps at all ambivalence? You don't need an explosive vest to in order to die and drag other's down with you. The toxic message and passive aggression of Deathism are sealing our fates every day.
     
    "More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must die “the worm at the core” of the human condition" motivating such pervasive denial simply in order to cope. It all begins with religion and the doctrine that this life is worthless, save in preparation for the next. But without confidence in the hereafter, then what? No matter, Heaven or Nirvana is but metaphor for the attainment of sublime apathy, and the meaning of life, then, is reconciliation with death and however short-lived freedom at last from struggle and suffering, in defeated resignation, all of which we will all be so tragically robbed by practical immortality. What is best in life accordingly? Why, that moment of release, peace and surrender, when the fight is lost and romance with Death is consummated. Deathism, then, only amounts to Existential despair and depression, mortality being prime cause whereof to begin with! Deathism foresees and abhors perpetual struggle in perpetual life. Emortalism celebrates that very prospect! Emortalism values human progress. For Deathism, even that is sheer hubris. 
     
    Deathism partakes in the Zen quest for futility, thus affording prime case study in support of the admonition of Camus, never even to try to solve the Existential problem of the Absurd, because there is no intrinsic meaning externally. Only Emortalism, as Camus instead recommends, remains unreconciled with death, meaning created in the mind, seeking to live meaningfully, yearns for more time simply to continue creating new meaning in life, a striving with neither end nor need of whereof. Each moment of life, for good or ill, fills each moment time, perfectly! Whereas solving or fixing the Existential problem of the Absurd, questing for intrinsic meaning externally, one way or another must achieve timely success in order to overcome eternal emptiness.
     
    Oh, Deathists, poor Deathist! Even after the attainment of practical immortality, thenceforth all the time in the world, can I ever come to wipe away your tears? It might be easier if you might only desist from exhortation to us all just to drop dead! And no: saying so out from love and for our own good, only makes it worse!
     
    What all this pious piffle of Deathism truly amounts to then, in that nevertheless, and more interestingly, is that the worthiness of life at all, much less indefinitely, must be defended, even when the worthiness of life is not openly attacked, but only denigrated by implication, as by unsubstantiated assertion that years of life will be subject to diminishing returns, and hence demanding, if need be, even artificial scarcity by preserving natural death, all in order to prevent inflation of the value of life. Therefore that fundamental question of the worthiness of life to begin with, will also be discoursed no less comprehensively, along with any moldering half-baked canards in measure, quantification and putative economics thereof. The inability to value what ever might become freely and easily available, is no wisdom, but the mere ingratitude of cynical suicidal depression.
     
    Thus, with all of the standard arguments of Deathism so readily debunked, at least barring ambivalence, that is to say: if only one fully values ones own life, let alone anyone else's, in the very first place, then what can possibly remain as the unspoken rhyme and reason behind Deathism?
     
    Or is Deathism quite simply insane? The psychopathology of Deathism is examined, particularly the sheer heteronomy of Deathism and especially the problem of survivor guilt. But speaking of questionable sanity, the casual reader may greet the ambitions of Emortalism with amazement, but that is merely failure of imagination. For if any of it were truly deemed impossible, then who would bother to oppose it? And one way or another, oppose it they do!
     
    As with the industrialization and migration into outer space, the barriers to eliminating death are likewise social and psychological. Deathism can be compared to Christian Science, as a creed of taboo that dangerously discourages and obstructs potentially life saving care. But Deathism is far more prevalent. All serving to explain the importance of seeking to understand Deathism. Deathism is the glorification of death as actually something good. How bleak, to look the proverbial horse in the metaphorical mouth, regarding the prospect of living indefinitely! Deathism, again, is the name given to the sentiment that adamantly opposes or resists using whatever technology in striving to overthrow death.
     
    And like most advocates of working to end mortality, indeed by every experimental heroic measure, I really cannot fathom the normally prevailing sentiment of Deathism! It is a mystery to me as it is to all Emortalists. The Deathists talk such utter bigoted nonsense! I wonder still, might there be more to it? Can anyone help better explain? I am befuddled. This writing remains so inadequate to the topic. Who is there out there for me to turn to, who can help me in piercing the ludicrous apologetics and better understand Deathism? For the inane sophistry of Deathism, so easily refuted, is surely diversionary and not in good faith. Deathism is shielded by the denial mechanisms of crimestop induced boredom. The debate is merely time consuming and accomplishes very little. What is the truth of Deathism that can open the illumination of serious discourse and progress?
     
    Honestly: What would be so terrible in reversing aging? And what can there be to lose in chancing cryonic suspension? These are both taboo begged questions that should alert the investigation towards a better understanding of Deathism. The question is important because Deathism, much like Christian Science, obstructs potentially life saving technology with irrational taboo. Fear should spur us on and protect us. But the phobia's of Deathism are killing us all every day! And beyond practical considerations of safety and survival, the question of Emortalism vs. Deathism should be interesting, because it relates to fundamental values in the human condition and the setting of priorities for the future of humanity. Is there any sanity to Deathism, and if so, by what valid rationale? 
     
    There have always been the same alternatives: Accept the dreadful inevitability of death, take refuge in delusion and rationalization, or seek solace in leaving any legacy in substitution and poor satisfice for true immortality. But in our times the dawning of a new and most challengingly difficult and daunting of options presents itself: Do something about it! Change our human condition of mortality. That is why it is important to understand any reason why we should not, and the thinking of anyone who so dreads any such outcome as emortality, meaning: practical immortality in this life.
     
    For to reiterate, this very end there is the prospect of Radical Life Extension, the aging cure and eradication of natural death, a promising but vastly underfunded avenue of research, with the experimental heroic measure of Cryonization as the only interim stopgap that even after the achievement of Radical Life Extension, must remain as the fallback in case of death by mishap, pending the more distantly hoped for prospect of delayed resuscitation, reanimation out from Cryonic Suspension, which nevertheless appears feasible in principle. Aging can be eradicated just like polio and other lethal pandemics. And delayed resuscitation, reanimation out from Cryonic Suspension, is acknowledged as feasible by leading scientists and engineers.
     
    As with offworld private industrialization and human migration into outer space, the greatest barriers delaying practical immortality remain sociological and psychological. And these are daunting indeed! This resistance has been given a name: Dathism. Deathism is the secular residue of religion, the morbid bioludite glorification of death as not so bad, even actually good, that must be preserved at all cost! Indeed, Roen Horn expounds upon the vivid parallels between Deathism & Stockholm syndrome. Deathists are bent upon dying and taking us all with them for our own good. The following in its entirety, is a feeble effort at talking anyone down from that ledge, or at least to demand the right to decide, each individual for oneself. 
     
    Why aren't Americans more aware of future technological game changers imminent to the mass market, much less any further out upon the horizon? Heck, ordinary Europeans are kept more aware of politics, current events and their background in America, than are so many Americans! The point being: Without representation and consideration of Emortalism, all Thanatology, every benighted conference upon death and dying, is a'priori irrelevant to our future, in willful blind ignorance of Radical Life Extension, the pending eradication of natural death, and of reanimation, delayed resuscitation out from Cryonic Suspension, more distant but too only a matter of time. All barring the interim collapse of human civilization, of course. -a possibility never without its own cheering section since time immemorial, Luddites, Chiliasts and even the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. They started out as a gag so apt and salient that it subsequently took up, if you will, veritable life of its own!
     
    Will anything that follows ever change anyone's mind or influence anyone at all, beyond their openness to these thoughts in the first place? Of course, even that rare event is good and worthy. Moreover, unflagging and polemically persuasive counterpropaganda remains crucial to human progress. But what about the service that only controversy of reciprocally serious criticism affords in the crucible of truth, respectful of human intelligence? Are the following arguments anything less than rigorous, exhaustive and conclusively valid? If there is truly any serious rebuttal from anyone in good faith remaining unconvinced, then will someone kindly explain why and spell out whatever has been missed or omitted? That might help make things more interesting. I cannot but wonder what the real issue might be. Indeed, I wonder if the entire volume of Deathist sophistry is not entirely diversionary, a proverbial tar baby. Yet refusing to engage, may seemingly cede victory by default. Or do I fail to understand? Am I metaphorically thrashing not the fictive tar baby, but the proverbial straw man?
     
    I can only dismiss Deathism, or try to explain it away. In truth, I revile the sentiment! Alas, I see nothing in Deathism to take seriously. Too bad. All of those dry and pedantic Thanatological conferences upon death and dying could instead be just the place for vibrant discourse. Wouldn't that set loose the metaphorical cat amid the proverbial pigeons!
     
    To begin with, if the mythic condition of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, likewise without death, represents what is considered ideal, then Sappho's point is made yet again: Immortality is an important component in the best living conditions that we can even begin to imagine.
     
    Perhaps the worry remains the recovery of lost innocence, another related mythological theme. But innocence is vastly overrated and irrecoverable to begin with. And yet so many stay the course, persisting  in desperate questing and mimesis thereof. This is sheer ambivalence and needs to be acknowledged as such in order ever to restore autonomy. The closet thing to innocence and a fresh start, will be the weight lifted from out thoughts, once death no longer looms over us all. The legend of Prometheus, the fire bringer, more appropriately celebrates enlightenment and autonomy instead of so heteronymously mourning lost innocence as the fall from grace and exile from paradise. Moreover, to claim that practical immortality or: emortality, is no good without innocence, seems only to admit that Existential objections to the eradication of death are just neurotic, and we should stop worrying so senselessly and be lively and grateful for any opportunity to achieve practical immortality for humanity! To stand detached and removed beyond life, seeking to place oneself above all concern with ever impending death by making little thereof, that is the apathetic cavalier hubris which is its own punishment of depression, Existential pointlessness and despair shielded in deep denial. To reiterate, Roen Horn expounds upon the vivid parallels between Deathism & Stockholm syndrome. Indeed, death remains a Draconian solution to human mood swings and life's travails, that would all be so vastly improved without the advancing decrepitude of aging, looming natural death or eventual fatal mishap, and ongoing bereavement. As Camus posits, life is Absurd, but death is only more so. Deathism is just so senseless! Death is senseless to begin with, after all. And we must urgently surrender the quest to find redeemable meaning in death, if that quest, much like unto Christian Science forbidding all modern medicine in favor of prayer alone, so discourages and interferes with the drive for survival by every wherewithal. Especially not now that practical radically long term survival strategies are emerging, beyond merely seeking whatever solace and consolation within constraint of irrational taboo.
     
    Moreover, the sophisms of Deathism are as silly as the apologetics of Theology, and the Nihilism of Deathism no less sad and pathological than any other defeatism and gloomy refuge in needless surrender.
     
    Of course all new solutions bring new problems, hopefully less bad than those they replace, and solvable too in their turn. Therefore, given the unsupportability of all kneejerk doom saying, there is yet to be expounded or discovered any known downside to practical immortality that comes anywhere near in priority to the preservation of life or the ongoing pursuit of happiness.
     
    The excuse that the dead, cryonized included, are beyond harm and suffering, is most puerile and particularly offensive Sophistry. Most people would want to be revived, say, from a protective coma, even rather than evading the suffering of death throws instead, simply by passing away peacefully unawares. There is nothing to be so trivialized in the loss of life, as by the malignant smug observation how those not conscious to defend themselves won't suffer when robbed of survival unawares. With consciousness in suspension along with biological process, patients in cryonic suspension are indeed beyond suffering, subjectively, but not beyond harm, objectively, nor beyond benefit of the right kind of help, being: eventual restoration to life and health, and preservation until such time. Does compassion then demand preservation and eventual reanimation of the cryonized, strangers included, after that latter becomes possible? Obviously. Does then compassion cry out for cryonics as only rational and standard when all other recourse is exhausted, as provided for under Integrated Recovery as herein proposed? The golden rule, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, demands urgent assistance in life and death emergency. Is compassion then frustrated should preservation and reanimations fail? Certainly. Is compassion then thwarted simply because most of the dead simply are never cryonized at all to begin with? Does not compassion mandate the most vigorous research and development into Radical Life Extension, the aging cure, the eradication of natural death, just as hither to with Polio and other fatal pandemics? For is not compassion thwarted by death in the first place? Indeed compassion is offended on a massive scale! Cryonics should be wide scale and standard. Can the dead then, and not only the bereaved, be pitied? Absolutely. As Mark Twain said: “Funerals are for the living.” Nevertheless: We do not mourn only for ourselves as survivors! This alone should be enough to settle the argument in favor of Emortalism, Cryonics and Radical Life Extension, forever. We should jump at every chance! It is really that simple. As Joe Bob Brigs would say: "I'm surprised I have to explain these things."
     
    So, just what am I missing? With everything to gain, just what have we to lose except for our infernal complacency? Is it a false dilemma to press a choice between embracing any opportunity for practical immortality, or else suicidally rejecting life itself? After all, we regard smokers who actively shorten their lifespan without a significant tradeoff in exchange, as suicidal. Even so, at first blush, it seems perhaps still possible to remain internally consistent in rejecting practical immortality without condemning life in the first place at all. But without a compelling reason, this cannot really be so: As we shall see, the only plausible premise for Deathism is if life, even when it will be perpetually healthy and youthful, is regarded as intolerably burdensome and interminable, irredeemably so, and not just for some people but for everyone. -And that this can never change. Indeed, hardcore Deathists hold that they are doing us all a tremendous favor by fighting to keep us all mortal and obstructing medical and scientific progress. This is nothing less than Luddite mandatory passive agathusia!
     
    And if one is so eager and ready to drink that foul Guyana Punch, that perfidious cyanide Kool-Aid, then why put it off at all? For how can one condemn practical immortality without implicitly condemning life entirely to begin with? Just think: By euthanizing toddlers, we could preserve their innocence! Don't buy that? Then consider the opposite proposition: Perhaps the little human lifespan afforded by nature, is barely the ennuied adolescence of emortal maturity. Any conceivable middle ground remains somewhat less than obvious.
     
    Because it is easy to see how without looming death, ordinary people would naturally be that much less frightened and neurotic. Indeed, aside from science and medicine, for all intents and purposes, there is another more philosophical progress and exploration that Deathism, in sheer failure of imagination, so virulently opposes: that which some could just possibly encompass within what they might even call spiritual progress: Just psychological improvement and character growth of individual consciousness, and the true advance of civilization, progress towards a better society. -Just basic Humanism, even notwithstanding all grandest Transhumanist visions of transcendent cyberorganic Posthuman evolution. Because these are noblest of reasons to persevere and continue living, even indefinitely. For the question of the value of life to begin with, cannot and will not be skirted herein.
     
     
     
    Why is Cryonic Suspension any less respectable than medical drug induced coma?
    Whereas induced protective coma still entails significant risk, justified only in medical emergency, techniques are becoming safer and more reliable. As often predicted in Science Fiction, hibernation will even become standard for long journeys or periods of waiting. Indeed in transplant surgery and gun shot triage, measures of short term cryonization sans chemical preservation, are already not only standard, but even a medical convenience sometimes favored over the risk and difficulty of life support, triage or as medically traditional, saving lives only by maintaining biological activity in order to work so feverishly even under the most harrowing time pressures.
    A coma is a prolonged utterly unarousable and nonresponsive state of unconsciousness resembling deep unaware sleep sometimes even ever mistaken for death. Hippocrates anciently prescribed the use of whatever herb to increase whatever the symptom. And even today, case in point, medical drug induced coma is indicated as a treatment of last resort in cases of brain damage, toxin, hypoxia or infection all such as might trigger a coma naturally. Reducing brain activity helps to control the risk of swelling brain tissue that may exacerbate damage and impede blood flow, thus exacerbating oxygen deprivation anywhere in the brain. Key to survivability and revivablity from coma, natural or induced, is careful monitoring and regulation of adequate oxygen supply. Coma affords stabilization, rest and recovery, at this very lowest ebb of life.
     
    But how did the capacity for coma evolve out from natural selection? Coma from brain injury or infection being so rare, how would the capacity ever possibly improve reproductive success? Answer: According to 'Indirect selection of thermal tolerance during experimental evolution of Drosophila,' chill coma is adaptive to colder climates.
     
    Many patients who have gone on to live full and productive lives, first had to endure such suffering, even excruciating physical pain, as to inspire a longing for death and release. Induced coma as a temporary measure for extreme pain management remains especially controversial, even in the alternative anything so irreversible as suicide. Similarly, in cases of assisted suicide for whatever reason, cryonics can be an option of arguable harm reduction in the hope of future reversibility. Currently however, all cryopatients first suffered either natural death or death by mishap. Prospective cryopatients are arguably the least suicidal of all people!
     
    The question arises: How and why is cryonic suspension considered any differently than induced coma? All things being equal, only a vast minority of individuals would actually sign a Do Not Revive instruction simply in order to avoid waking from a coma. Not unless, perhaps, their prognosis was both terminal and painful. Most doctors, patients or designated decision makers fully cooperate when presented with the prospect of medical drug induced coma in order for the patient to be revived later and save their lives. One concern with recovery from brain injury or infection and coma is the possibility of even subtle changes, even quite unawares, in the patient's personally. Likewise, the question arises: If it will become possible for cryopatients to be returned to life and health, will the personality be recovered accurately? The question of survival is largely Axiological. The survival imperative is not only of continuity in sustaining/resuming consciousness, but of the preservation of integrity of the personality. A motive for suicide one way or another, is indeed ego dystonic circumstances presenting threat to sense of identity being dreaded even as worse than death, annihilation and oblivion. And yet the risk in question is indeed accepted by even attempting the revival of coma patients, let alone actually inducing coma to begin with. And much the same risk is embraced by prospective cryopatients.
     
    So why is cryonic suspension any less respectable than medical drug induced coma?

     

    Deathism as the fear of life, change and growth, futureshock and rejection
     
    As so often the case, indeed much as over the issue climate change just for example, likewise in all manner of futuring forecast, the assessments and predictions of various experts disagree with many of those so enduringly popular with the uninformed masses, too readily swayed by vague and misleading propaganda. Inconsistently enough, even people who deplore the Ayn Randish denigration of the poor and infirm as parasites, may still reject Cryonics because primitives such as we, revived in an alien future, will somehow be so burdensome, even in an affluent leisure society of automation having eradicated all wont and privation and rendered the expense of individual material upkeep negligible. What burden exactly, then? In the words of Robert Louis Stevenson: “No man is useless while he has a friend.” And there may be every hope that we are indeed progressing towards a friendlier future society, reversing the trends of alienation, ever less regimented and ever more adaptive to individual needs and desires. Who then, would pine for the old ways? There is every reason to take hope in that to awaken in the future seems at least as likely to mean finding oneself more at home than ever before.
     
    Of course Cryonics is an ongoing expenditure of resources in the here and now, but nothing like war, bureaucracy, wealth inequality threatening to destroy the Middle Class, and globally pandemic inefficiency. Bad enough then, to pick on the poor and the sick. Will we really sink, like that grandstanding coroner who tried to subpoena the cryonized head of Dora Kent, to thawing out the helpless dead? When will we recognize, support and provide for the rights and the good sense of those pioneers opting for Cryonic Suspension?
     
    Indeed, a common fear provoked by the prospect of practical immortality, is of falling behind the times and becoming irrelevant. But as we shall see, it is precisely that fear which is already quite irrelevant! And to reiterate, the fear in question tends to underestimate the true value of experience, even sagacity (a threshold actually measurable by the greater accumulation of neuronic connections in brains of the elderly!), especially once youthful good health and vitality will be restored. And as for return to life out from Cryonics, a common gloomy prediction is of falling out of touch just like old Rip van Winkle! -even barring degenerative aging and senility. Or of being useless and cast aside as the world moves on.
     
    It is argued that death brings hope for a better future after one's own time. Implicitly, such hope is inspired by tropic Deathist arguments that death is necessary for progress. Implicitly, first of all, new birth is deemed necessary for renewed flexibility and progress, and only then death, to clear away the useless outmoded thinkers. This is a homicidally and suicidally misanthropic conviction that we are all doomed to rigid and entrenched conservatism. Such is the quest for innocence that undervalues learning, experience and sagacity, not to mention neuroplasticity and human capacity for open mindedness. And it may have less to do with progress, than with conservative preservation of human culture by naivety and repetition, indeed as espoused by Ray Bradbury.
     
    Ironic to see how the Reactionary so fear becoming Reactionary! Indeed, a person from another century could be likened unto a denizen of another planet. How exiting then, to encounter either such! Are the opponents of Emortality even making pessimistic predictions, so much as simply taking the most pessimistic attitudes? -And with such entirely unwarranted confidence and certainty! 
     
    After all, for at all staying current, especially just as a lay person, what is crucial is merely at all to stay interested. To so confidently predict times different enough to become confusing but nevertheless completely uninteresting, is first of all, the common defensive denial or crimestop of becoming bored with interesting and important questions that are taboo, and secondly, once again to condemn life, and to do so merely out of sheer Luddite future shock. Honestly: Can any such anticipated anomie mount in such tremendous dystress as to render it truly worse than death!? Where is their sense of adventure, that in to so reject living in the future as therefore to prefer death as their destination? Why, because everybody's doin' it, doin' it doin' it! So why be different by surviving instead? Why bother to try?
     
    Talk about proverbially holding your breath and turning blue! However, whereas Pro-Life protesters outside abortion clinics tend not to be at that time facing crisis pregnancy themselves, by contrast Deathists are of course themselves as mortal as are we all. Picture then, a die-in, but with real corpses! which is also a picket line obstructing and discouraging access to life saving services! Because Deathists don't want you crossing that picket line, so long as they aren't! Deathism is not only afraid to take a chance, even with nothing to lose, but deathly envious of others more adventurous.
     
    So maybe a loss of innocence is the problem after all! Deathism is indeed profoundly cynical. Does that then imply that Emortalism is naive? Then about what? Not science and engineering. Perhaps then about society or about ourselves. True enough, in the end, who knows how long the human condition itself and in and of itself, may remain untreatable, even when death is no more. The philosophical question presented by Transhumanism in anticipation of advanced biotechnological transcendence of human intelligence and consciousness as we have ever known it, with consequences so currently beyond our ken, is indeed of any particular need or desirability of exactly such a thing. Indeed, it all makes more sense as an evolutionary futuring prediction or forecast, as an eventual end result of various interim demand for desirable and useful, changing and relevant augmentation and upgrade, step by step, cautious and reversible piecemeal engineering, rather than as some sort of dramatic divorce from all prior human experience and condition, rapture and rupture, that some Tranhumanists so keenly and perhaps even somewhat recklessly pine for. Life, after all, is the journey of growth and discovery. Extreme Transhumaist condemnation of life, specifically of the human condition as we have ever known it, may be typified in bio-utopian aspiration to Zen in a pill
     
    Whereas induced protective coma still entails significant risk, justified only in medical emergency, techniques are becoming safer and more reliable. As often predicted in Science Fiction, hibernation will even become standard for long journeys or periods of waiting. Indeed in transplant surgery and gun shot triage, measures of short term cryonization sans chemical preservation, are already not only standard, but even a medical convenience sometimes favored over the risk and difficulty of life support, triage or as medically traditional, saving lives only by maintaining biological activity in order to work so feverishly even under the most harrowing time pressures.
     
  • But the prospect of longevity, Radical Life Extension, the aging cure, the eradication of hitherto inevitable decline and natural death, rather than reducing stressful time pressures, instead is felt by Deathists as a threat, a matter of great urgency and alarm. Is the escape offered only by death secretly yearned for? Why else would practical immortality or: Emortality actually be dreaded as such a fearful trap? Such indeed is explicitly the irreplaceable desirability of death as extolled by Deathism. And how can such dire need of death as a naturally scheduled escape be claimed, without ambivalent condemnation of life that is all we can have, after all?
     
    In Deathism, any prospect of Transhumanist future biotechnological transcendence and advent of the Posthuman, is never considered, even in sheer escapism. The question can only remain open, which of the two options, on the one hand, death, the annihilation of conscious being, and unprecedented advanced biotechnological transcendence of human intelligence and consciousness as we have ever known it, will present, Axiologically, the greater invasive threat to identity and integrity, thus the more senseless and Absurd, rendering the other the preferable or less disagreeably senseless and Absurd escape option or event. But I should only have just such worries! I only want the eternal luxury of just such lofty Existential conundrums! This is because if nothing else, I deem the life of such questions in and of itself worthy, philosophically.
     
    Will even such extreme Socratic self examination of the very fundamentals of the human condition as afforded by standing and pondering at the threshold of Posthumanity, never be enough to render life worthy of living by a human being? For who so not, life in and of itself simply is not enough, in very principle. Just perhaps, whatever challenges and insights presented by whatever that personal truth of the Deathists, might possibly turn out at all more interesting, meaningful and worthy of serious discourse than their longstanding antisocial sophistries peddling passive mass agathusia. Too bad that Deathist misanthropy remains so popular, unexamined and legitimized.
     
    In any case, with the number of patients from our times currently in cyosuspension, even if they all return successfully, that will still fall far short of the demand of historical and popular interest or even celebrity, amid a burgeoning human population. Indeed, it seems safe to predict that returning from the dead will remain an excellent career move for quite some time to come.
     
     
    New under the sun?
     
    Although death cannot be experienced as being bad, we generally have good reason to prefer life over death, provided life is experienced as positive or has the potential to become positive. Although life extensionists would prefer to have stronger arguments against the Epicurean view on death, a preference for good experience over no experience can do the work just fine.
     
    Death is nothing to us by Aschwin de Wolf
     
    The object of desire and aversion in general, pleasure and displeasure, and therefore glad anticipation and fear alike that are merely second order signifiers of value, value relating to the vast range of possible actual circumstances understood abstractly, can and does thus include life or death. Though the dead know naught, the living know about death. Wisdom increaseth sorrow and trepidation. Though there cannot be any such a thing as nothingness as an entity and oblivion cannot be experienced, that does not prevent nightmares about all manner of possibilities and impossibilities as well, even nightmares, perhaps allegorical, of being dead. The sensor of logic and reason only belongs to the waking state. Inner life follows its own rules. Rationalization can be a denial mechanism. What reason does provide, is abstraction and comprehension. Emotion and motivation then follows. What you don't know can hurt you, and what you do know can frighten you and very well should. Such common sense is just not that complicated or surprising.
     
    Thus Ecclesiastes would reject the ostensibly Socratic canard of terror management, really of effete Stoicism, that oblivion after death can be no worse than the oblivion preceding birth. -Or indeed as Epicurus insists, that "death is nothing to us." Death, indeed, is nothing to us. Actually, death is literally nothing, period. But life is everything. As well it should be. Unconcern seems like sour grapes! What is all that effete Stoical affectation, denial and sour grapes, before real matters of life and death?
     
    First among desires is simply for life. And as G. E. Moore contends, desires are neither true nor false; they are desires. And desires are not merely for subjective pleasure, but for whatever object or conditions, objectively, salient value whereof as may be signified as pleasurable. And aversions, being desires or preferences against whatever conceivable object or conditions of aversion, objectively, salient value whereof as may be signified as being considered displeasurably. Indeed, the abstract nature of desires and aversions transcends Pleasure Principle of individual Empirically immediate perceivable experienced gratification, particularly even such desires as altruistically pertain to consideration and anticipation of circumstances after one's own death, as in by writing a will.
     
    The supposed harmlessness of death, death being void and therefore painless, is Relativism, an argument from subjectivity exclusively. But the requisite innocence for such a narrow perspective, is vastly overrated: Indeed Ecclesiastes declares that who so increaseth wisdom increaseth sorrow. But this is no admonition in praise or recommendation of ignorance or craven extol of fool's paradise, but merely an observation that growth in sagacity brings to light cause for alarm that must be addressed. Indeed, as Mokokoma Mokhonoana observes: “Death would not surprise us as often as it does, if we let go of the misbelief that newborns are less mortal than the elderly.” Thus Ecclesiastes merely calls attention the proverbial elephant in the room, as to declare that anyone who hasn't noticed certain squeamishly obvious universal problems in the human condition, quite simply can't have been paying much attention! To wit: Though subjectively, the dead know nothing, the living all know where we are bound: death. The point however being, as much a burden of responsibility as it may be to know it, that even did we not know, it would remain no less true, it would still be so, objectively. Thus, obviously, while people in stasis could never consciously experience harm subjectively, they could still come to harm, objectively. Dying may be unpleasant or not, but because life has value, therefore death is very real harm, especially irreversibly. And denial however comforting, becomes dangerous when there are better survival options to be considered seriously.
     
    Indeed, without exactly such good cause, Ecclesiastes would hardly bother to dispense the pragmatic and psychological advice, respectively, of strength in numbers, strategically, along with solace in togetherness in the face of Existential despair, that is to say: as the meaning of an otherwise arduous and vexingly empty futility of Absurdly ephemeral life, let alone further proffering the Existential advice to eat drink and be merry, in confronting as does Ecclesiastes, such dreariness of travail as is most common in life, only all culminating in what has been since time immemorial, so unchangeable and certain: Impending death. -Or death and taxes, as so famously quips Ben Franklin!
     
    Thus, true and comforting though it be that the dead at least no longer suffer, nevertheless would Ecclesiastes clearly reject as merely subjective, all ostensibly Socratic but really effete Stoical consolation that oblivion after death can be no worse than the oblivion preceding birth. -Or indeed as Epicurus insists, that "death is nothing to us," a contention handily refuted by considering, as G. E. Moore contends, how desires are not merely for subjective pleasure, but for whatever object or conditions, objectively as may be signified as pleasurable. Indeed, the abstract nature of desires transcends Pleasure Principle of individual Empirically immediate perceivable experienced gratification, particularly even such desires as altruistically pertain to consideration and anticipation of circumstances after one's own death, as in by writing a will. The supposed harmlessness of death, death being void and therefore painless, is Relativism, an argument from subjectivity exclusively. But the requisite innocence for such a narrow perspective, is vastly overrated, for objectively, the dead are robbed of everything, of conscious being itself, indeed even of sorrow, which is still something, and endurable within limits. For to love life, needs only to love life more greatly than yearning for release of death, and therefore by that very token, to fear death. Even the very hopes and wishes for joy, or even merely craving for the balm of companionable sympathy and understanding, attention “the rarest and purest form of generosity.” to quote Simone Weil, let alone any realization of desires and ambitions, are what really keep any of us alive and sane at all. Desires are neither true nor false, they are desires, as G. E. Moore observes. Desires are not in and of themselves rational. They can only be pursued, rationally. And in human consciousness, desires including aversions that are negative desires, desires not, are often sophisticated beyond mere Freudian Pleasure Principle. As G. E. Moore contends, desires are not merely for subjective pleasure, but for whatever object or conditions of pleasure, objectively. Pleasure and aversion are merely secondary qualities, indicators of whatever values.
     
    And that goes for survival drives, including highly abstract integrity of identity and personal principles, even to neurotic and misguidedly inflexible excess. The love of/desire for life entails the fear and loathing that is aversion to death, and not merely to the transient sting of death throws, anyhow mercifully evaded by peaceful death, but deepest dread of the eternity of oblivion, yea even as cannot be experienced subjectivity, let alone as suffering. Indeed, what can be more terrifying than to be told that one simply will not wake up tomorrow morning? Only ignorance lends that mercy. Otherwise, even the mercy of forgoing suffering of death throws, only engenders all the greater helplessness. And that death be any less imminent, only blunts terror via procrastination. Phobia of oblivion is nothing rare or mysterious at all, but obvious and innate to the drive to survival, and therefore good despite being aversive. Eternal oblivion, not suffering of death throws, is the primary focus of terrified denial. Denial in religion or by whatever alternative rationalization, of death, is almost always either rationalizing denial of the reality of annihilation of consciousness, or else emotional denial of aversion to that prospect, or at least of the intensity thereof, and very seldom merely towards suffering painful death throws. Death is the greatest sum of all fears. Ecclesiastes condemns death as the ultimate in loneliness, “the first thing that God's eye nam'd not good.” according to John Milton. We know this much,” quoth Sappho: “Death is evil, so the gods have judged, or they all would die!” All good depends upon life.
     
    “I find it hard to understand the mind of the true atheist, who believes that life is nothing more than a series of electrical impulses and biochemical reactions to chemical stimuli. Presumably, such thinkers see death as the worst thing that can occur, because it means the end of everything. Therefore (logically), maintaining the continuance of physical existence, under any circumstances, is entirely justifiable.”
     
    Jennifer Worth, In the Midst of Life
     
    Ah, to be lightened of the burden of impending death!
     
    Mythic immortals indeed suffer an endless cycle of loss and bereavement. But the mythic solution comes when the immortal is allowed to share immortality with their loved ones. -indeed or even with everyone, in new a golden age... But Deathism, in rejection of all such obvious reasoning, maintains the embrace of what after any alternative, becomes merely a contrived artificial scarcity: death. Because death avails us to appreciate life. Just as amputation helps us appreciate our remaining limbs! Because that is what becoming mortal would feel like, to an immortal. And all that it takes to miss anything one has never had, is the forward looking imagination of anything better than things as they are now. Whereas instead to purposefully blacken every cloud and then to parade wearing and flaunting the silver lining, is rank irresponsibility: In no shortage of clichéd propaganda sophistries, all manner of loss and suffering, in and of themselves entirely unfortunate and intrinsically detrimental, are hailed and praised as inspirational for all manner of virtues. Indeed, it may even be true that adversity and even suffering outright, or perhaps better put: regret, can build character. But are there no other ways? Besides, surely the principle of diminishing and even negative returns applies: Just because some, even a minimum barest hint, may do any good, or teach important life lessons, does not automatically guarantee that ever more will be entirely better. Indeed, character building from regret, is perhaps a only a deeper learning from mistakes, the point being to correct them in future in order to minimize misfortune, not to celebrate it!
     
    Much as the untestable hypothesis of Solipsism remains therefore and thereby both irrefutable and fruitless, similarly, all doubt, denial of sheer survival drive and of the abhorrence of annihilation of consciousness, is no more or less than Nihilistic value destruction, de-motivating and so easy to rationalize because of the arbitrary irrationality of desire and value to begin with, especially of survival drives, originating only in the happenstance of biology and evolution. In rejection of doctrinal faith being whatever imperatives of arbitrary belief, systematic doubt, rational skepticism, skepticism in whatever degree, remains forever crucial to science. But science deals in the investigation of external objective reality. By contrast, what does it profit, to cultivate doubt towards attitudinal faith, in rejection of hope and basic trust? Answer: Only the sacrifice of hope proportionately blunts despair. For Nirvana principle dictates that suffering is alleviated only in proportion if not radical entire elimination of desire or attachment, then whatever the more moderate reduction thereof by howsoever deemed realistic expectations, rationalizations and conditioning. A fine rebuttal comes in the words of George Bernard Shaw: “Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.” Because in confrontation with situations that any reasonable person would deem insurmountable, only the influence of unreasonable people can provide vision, experience and direction in order to restore hope. So what is the worse hubris, to embrace uncertainty, strive and live forever, or to hold back progress and die of complacent spite, cursing the darkness without lighting a single candle? The prospect of practical immortality is gloriously unreasonable, the very crown of freedom and autonomy! And ironically, eventually as fait accompli, practical immortality will become status quo and taken for granted by the most complacent. Because Radical Life Extension looms on the horizon. And as with space flight, the greatest obstacles currently to Cryonics and Radical Life Extension alike, remain socio-psychological. To wit: the ultimate in God fearing and conventional heteronomy, to which Emortalism, the Promethean striving for real physical liberation from death, ever stands in such dire Frankensteinian anathema! Ever in defense of status quo, Deathism is bio-Luddite heteronomy declaring: Identify as mortal. Know thy place and die! I confess some mystification as to the broad and enduring appeal, even now that real change for the better has become possible. Perhaps an adequate definition of psychiatric maladaptation may come in terms of the proverbial bird in the hand, as: even the coldest solace clung to at the expense of alleviation and wellbeing. Whereas by contrast, autonomy at all, only consisting in relative freedom from heteronymous decidophobia, entails the responsible capacity for risk in the face of uncertainty.
     
     
     
     
    Why bother to live?
    Welcome to the Cryonics Poetry Slam!
     
    Hamlet's modern soliloquy
    An Ode to Mortal Terror
    by Aaron Agassi with no apology for the ransack of letters
     
    Shall they be lifted, nevermore?
    Dead ones frozen, shall they be won?
    Though we are mad, are we driven sane,
    By the worm at the core and nothing more,
    Dust in the wind fanning fire in the mind,
    From the man on the moon blazing the trail,
    To stars destinations when the sun breaks down,
    In vacuum flasks put to the task,
    For cheating the Reaper as cold dreamless sleepers,
    So that they lying long might rise again,
    Partners in hubris shall overthrow,
    The tyranny of destiny,
    And death ceded no dominion.
     
    To cryonize, or not, that remains the question:
    Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer gracefully
    The outrage of mortality, worm at the core of the human condition,
    Or to take arms upon an ocean of time,
    And by opposing death: to venture that vast expanse
    And by that sleep, unreconciled, to say no end
    To embrace eternal the Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
    That life is heir to? We are made of meat! And dead meat will spoil,
     
    'Tis still a consummation Devoutly to be wished,
    To dreamless sleep, perchance to wake,
    To take a chance, helpless and inert, with no guarantees; aye, there's the rub,
    For in that suspended death that can be undone, what brave new world awaits?
    Returning to life, must give us pause. Some vague calamity of longer life:
    For who would make all transitory ills indefinite and unending?
    The Oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
    To grunt and sweat under a weary life forever, eternal servitude,
    Who would bear that but for the rightful dread of annihilation?
    There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
    And the Devil has power to frame unquiet thought.
    For thought comes unbidden, and sentiment as well.
    Who wants to live forever? What, don't we all?
     
    To thine own self be true,
    Desires are neither true nor false:
    They are desires! And first is life,
    Though fight or flight, is sore temptation,
    In grief, even grieving is desired,
    Thus to prefer life over death,
    Knowing death to the bone,
    Dying a day at a time,
    That makes us rather bear those ills we have,
    And balk at setting them down,
     
    Embracing then an unloved life, 
    Killing time, but never myself,
    Time on my hands, yet never enough,
    I can't get no -- satisfaction!
    Though not even death can remain exempt,
    The more shall change, the more remains,
    Not all is well, neither as must end, nor that shall endure,
    Only this and nothing more,
    Survival is less ponderous, 
    To die no more, there's one less worry,
    The hardest part of life is living.
     
    So what if some things do get better?
    Bereavement surely never does,
    Progress raises expectations,
    Seldom then are we content,
    By contrast, sorrow is unchecked,
    And depths of despair unplumbed,
     
    Some therefore withal do curse,
    To be plain and make things terse,
    the chimera of chemistry,
    Imbalanced and despondent,
    The Myth of Endogeny,
    And Zen in a pill,
    Pining for bio-happiness,
    Homesick for bio-utopia!
     
    Identity is false facade,
    illusion, delusion and confusion,
    Or so and such do they complain,
    Ever chanting this refrain:
    Why not be a happy brain?
    For what point is sorrow?
    What profit in dread?
    What use is bereavement?
    Why sigh, why die, and why ask why?
    Will the dead fondly remembered,
    Stave off our own mortality?
    High and low, I don't know where to go,
    Can I be brave when I'm afraid?
    Oh no, oh, oh, oh, oh!
    Don't wanna be sedated!
     
    Even a live dog, nosing out a dead friend,
    Appalled and bereaved, doth dimly apprehend:
    That could be me!
     
    Nothing but death,
    Slave to fate,
    Pawn of random desperation,
    With poison, violence, and sickness dwelling,
    Death, what a nasty habit,
    Death, what a joyless vice,
    Death hiding everywhere,
    Permeates everything,
    Approaches among all of its own sound,
    Filled by the sound of death which is silence,
    Like a shoe with no foot in it, like a suit with no man in it,
    Knocks with a ring with no stone in it, with no finger in it,
    Shouting with no mouth, with no tongue and no throat,
    Yet its steps can be heard,
    And its clothing rustles hushed like a tree in an ill wind,
    Because I could not stop for Death,
    He kindly stopped for me,
    I froze him in his tracks and ran for my life!
    Hawks from handsaws and shit from Shinola,
    whichever way that wind doth blow,
    Madness, but method in ’t,
    Sapience makes cowards of us all,
    And only a coward dying his thousand deaths,
    Learns to build the best defenses.
     
    For what a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! so why not as eternal and youthful? as only befitting the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals!
     
    And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? This passive suicide? For whom do I labor, and bereave myself of good? The human adventure -or is that misadventure? is just beginning, and yet all over and done before it can begin. Each man lives in his own universe and when he dies the world is over, the mind shipwrecked and drowning within itself, all alone. Vanity of vanities, all up in smoke. A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.
     
    Entropy for you and me, riding the cycle of life. By which we mean: the cycle of death, going nowhere dizzying quick! Do I want to get off? Man delights not me; no, nor woman neither, though, and by those many grey furrows of your brow, you seem to say so too.
     
    Alas or Hallelujah for old Yorick?
    I picked his brains a thousand times, Horatio,
    That fevered mind, so hot with thought,
    Suspended in his limbo with him,
    Now I've got those brains on ice,
    Many are cold, but few are frozen!
    Funerals are for the living!
    Why else mourn? The dead won’t know it.
    Death is easy, comedy is hard!
    Where be your gibes now? Your gambols and songs?
    The flashing of merriment,
    One fine day again to set the table on a roar?
    And will I be there too?
    Soft now and be consoled in all heroic measure so precarious,
    For oblivion is void, seek no wisdom there Horatio, no dignified exit,
    Neither comfort nor respite, for the dead are dead, and the dead know naught.
    Only the living can know of death,
    Escape much sweeter in the yearning, ever than within the having, and here is the reason:
    Where there is life, there is hope,
    But nothing's in embrace of nothing,
    Death can never love you back,
    There may be more things in the heavens and upon the Earth,
    Than yet dreamt of in any Natural Science, Horatio,
    Still there can be no hereafter, and wishing never makes it so,
    Ill prepared as we may be,
    Increaseth wisdom, increasesh sorrow!
    But think not grief is merely weakness,
    For shattered illusions liberate,
    From lost innocence much overrated,
    By underlings who know their place,
    Heads in the sand and never on ice,
    because that would be strange and morbid.
     
    Those who've got it figured out,
    So say they all for they believe,
    Stare down death with open arms,
    They don't think and they don't blink,
    Faith, resolve, stiff upper lip,
    Sure are they to keep their grip,
    But they look miserable to me,
     
    When the dead are forgotten,
    As memory becomes myth,
    And even the myths seethe away,
    In such will o'the wisp,
    They need never be missed,
    Pluming vast in poetical awe,
     
    Will the oblivion after dying,
    Be any much more the worse at all,
    Than such abysses as precedes life?
    Lamenting birth as the misfortune,
    And celebrating their escape,
    Some say fear not death but dying,
    Suffer not the last death throws,
    Only seek a peaceful end,
    And thereby all unease will mend,
    Out of sight and out of mind,
    Sour grapes doth make a virtue,
    in scorning every heart's desires,
    So tantalizing out of reach,
    As ultimate longevity,
    Galloping breathless at the track,
    With the Reaper, neck and neck,
    Aubrey swears we're almost there!
     
    Good or ill from thinking so,
    Experience is value laden,
    A matter of interpretation,
    By what if not significance,
    Is death rattle more much dire,
    Than chucking up a stomach bug?  
    I'm not ashamed to be afraid,
    To be afraid is to take warning,
    A poor and pale fear indeed would be,
    That shunned discomfort merely,
    But did not guard my very life,
    When anguish is all that I've got left,
    Do not seek to steal it from me,
    You can keep your fairy tales,
    Patronizing pious piffle,
    Peace proffered but for yourselves,
    As I fight for every breath,
    Do not sooth me to my death!
     
    Death is an evil, and Sappho knew it,
    Because imagined gods don't seem to need it,
    Just like Santa, ho, ho, ho!
    They live, and live, and live, and live!
     
    Knavish speech sleeping in a fool's ear,
    Lamentation of hard life, else compared to what precisely?
    Finding special providence, in the fall of every sparrow.
    It is not, nor it cannot, come to good,
    No courage to live, yet bravado to die,
    Nether quick and merry nor long in years,
    Believing absurdity and committing atrocity,
    This too shall pass, when Death is dead, and all his lies.
     
    Never forget that we are people,
    Zygotes and corporations are not people,
    A live dog is better than a dead lion,
    Preservation preferable to rot and ruin,
    All prospect of recovery in preservation,
    But none in dissolution unchecked,
    Be all the obvious belabored,
    Can only serve to vent frustration,
    With none so blind as will not see,
    What fools we mortals be... 
     
    The excuse that the dead, cryonized included, are beyond harm and suffering, is puerile and offensive Sophistry. There is nothing to be so trivialized in the loss of life. With consciousness in suspension along with biological process, patients in cryonic suspension are indeed beyond suffering, subjectively, but not beyond harm, objectively, nor beyond benefit of the right kind of help, being: eventual restoration to life and health, and preservation until such time. Does compassion then demand preservation and eventual reanimation of the cryonized, strangers included, after that latter becomes possible? Obviously. The golden rule, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, demands urgent assistance in life and death emergency. Is compassion then frustrated should preservation and reanimations fail? Certainly. Is compassion then thwarted simply because most of the dead simply are never cryonized at all to begin with? Does not compassion mandate the most vigorous research and development into Radical Life Extension, the aging cure, the eradication of natural death, just as hither to with Polio and other fatal pandemics? For is not compassion thwarted by death in the first place? Indeed compassion is offended on a massive scale! Cryonics should be wide scale and standard. Can the dead then, and not only the bereaved, be pitied? Absolutely. As Mark Twain said: “Funerals are for the living.” Nevertheless: We do not mourn only for ourselves as survivors! This alone should be enough to settle the argument in favor of Emortalism, Cryonics and Radical Life Extension, forever. We should jump at every chance! It is really that simple. As Joe Bob Brigs likes to say: "I'm surprised I have to explain these things."
     
    Those who die young without benefit of Cryonic Suspension, on top of everything else, miss out on the best shot at living to benefit from medical and technological progress culminating in Radical Life Extension and practical immortality, already looming so ripe on the horizon. They are the worst cheated of all.
     
    In my bereavement, my complicated grief, I dreamt of a lost loved one: The soil of the grave was transparent like glass, and I could look down into her eyes. She didn't like being dead. I could read in her eyes how she knew that she had really fucked things up, mismanaged her own life, this time! For in truth, her death truly had been needless and avoidable. -the cumulative result of bullying long unchecked. Of course I understand full well how in reality, being dead an no more, the light of her consciousness permanently extinguished, she could entertain no further opinion on the matter. But I knew her well, and my imagination readily spoke for her. The outcry of the dream, of course, is a metaphor. Objectively, the dead are robbed of everything, of conscious being itself, indeed even of sorrow, which is still something. Something endurable only with the wherewithal to fight back, which is the sign of life, and not in any other solace. She should have lived forever! While I am at all consoled that she can never discover how badly others had let her down, I cannot consider the ending of her life, as anything ever in her best interests. Not even for the escape afforded her from her own crushing bereavement in her family that dragged her down, defenseless.
     
    Whence derives my confidence in so judging as I do? I shall further expound: 
     
    To be, or not to be? That is the questionpondered by Shakespeare's Hamlet. Or less succinctly in the words of Albert Camus: “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.” - a question only afforded fresh new relevance by the practice of Cryonics and by Radical Life Extension research, so promising towards the aging cure and the eradication of natural death, much as lethal pandemics the likes if Polio were eradicated, instead of continuing merely to treat the symptoms. But this question remains somewhat imprecise. Rather, it is a matter not of deciding only whether life is always worth living, generally speaking, but of judging whether life is ever worth living or not, whether, even in principle, life can be worth living at all or even endured temporarily, never mind, in all human frailty, limited resolve and finite endurance, preserved and extended indefinitely. As promised, the question of the value of life to begin with, cannot and will not be skirted herein.
     
    All things being equal, if there can be found any reason to live at all in the first place, then it will serve as a reason to continue living. The question then is of indefinite endurance of any such a motivation. And the conviction that the Axiological validity of the will to live is transitory and somehow finite, is a qualified condemnation of life in all of its worldly imperfection, as undeserving and uninspiring of whatever it might be that simply not dying would express. -and that this will be so for everyone without possibility of variation, unchanging forever. Such is the sheer failure of imagination behind Deathism.
     
    Thus for the Deathists, if there is no transcendent hereafter, then there can be nothing ever in mere fallible consciousness or reality and life as transpires temporally, to be found deserving of eternity. The worthiness of life can only be a halfhearted qualified worthiness, when the bar is still set to ideal perfection, even without overt religion anymore. The Deathists are so lonely without God's love, that they would die for Him, even though He does not exist and never answers! They yearn to die for the ideal, for their own Narnia, for any fantasy nobler than any refutation thereof. Because God, after all, is the ideal, the purl beyond price, transcending existence. And to pine for Him unto death, is the most rapturous privilege! That must be what is just too awful for them to come out and just say. In short, they are fallen and pine for mythic lost innocence. That must be why the Deathist are too suicidally malcontent in their collective death trance, simply to continue abiding amongst us, taking what comes and making the best of things as the future unfolds. Existentially grubby and cold, they spurn all blessings of Prometheus and warmth of fire in the mind.
     
    Nevertheless, foolish as Deathism seems, the question of the worthiness of life, enduring, transitory or not at all, remains a question of human nature and circumstances, not mooted Theology. And Deathism is misanthropic. The hardest part of life is living, but most crushingly so for the disgusted introversion of Deathism. But that is no refutation of anything, and no condemnation of hope itself. However, as the question is psychological, the position does demand support instead of sheer presumption as an article of faith. The question deserves actual psychological research and investigation. But Deathism is dogmatic. Death is embraced as a rescue from that implicitly premised inadequacy of life within human nature. This makes the question of practical immortality indeed an inextricable extension of the primary Philosophical question of the worthiness of life to begin with. As long as there is any question of the worthiness of life, then the exploration thereof should be vibrantly reinvigorated by any hypothetical question of practical immortality, much less any actual prospect thereof in reality. And when a question thus so philosophically important as those raised by Emortalism is scorned, ridiculed, tabooed and crimestopped, ignored and marginalized, then Philosophy becomes effete and irrelevant, a pompous ritual of stuffy academicians at Thanotological symposiums.
     
    It is only right and responsible to consider what circumstances may be dreaded as actually worse than death. Therefore, it is only right to and responsible to leave even the most draconian options open. But as Socrates famously said: "The unexamined life is not worth the living for a human being." The question of what makes life worth living in the first place, will not be skirted. In the words of Samuel Johnson: “Nothing [...] will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.” And that applies alike either to suicide or to survival measures. That life is endurable with anything positive to look forward to, should be enough to sustain survival necessary even to search for whatever might be better and more worthy to live for. Whereas suicide, active or passive, therefore demands extreme hesitation to say the least.
     
    Although death cannot be experienced as being bad, we generally have good reason to prefer life over death, provided life is experienced as positive or has the potential to become positive. Although life extensionists would prefer to have stronger arguments against the Epicurean view on death, a preference for good experience over no experience can do the work just fine.
     
    Death is nothing to us by Aschwin de Wolf
     
    There are no guarantees of truly favorable circumstances, but perhaps any realistic hope thereof given progress. If all possible objections must be addressed, alas, no survival effort will ever be justified or implemented, any more than resolve to self salvation actively through any decisive, proactive and honest suicide. Likewise, if not every and all trepidation of death can be satisfactorily addressed and overcome, suicide will only remain the enduring fantasy of life's sorrows. But given that to die literally costs everything else, irreversibly, such extreme inhibition seems only an appropriate safeguard against death, though asymmetrically, not against continued survival, unless such in and of itself is already deemed so dreadful, as in the misanthropically pessimistic Nihilism of hardcore Deathism.
     
    To insist that only the anticipation of experience, and not foreseeable circumstances notwithstanding, may inspire whatever affect, elevates subjectivity to something concrete, while dismissing objective reality as merely abstract thereto. Indeed, what is most important in affect, if not in pertinence to motivation? Denial, repression of affect, the quest for sublime apathy, is all effete. Denial, repression of affect undermines motivation, even of self preservation.
     
    So: Is it necessary even to draw breath? Why, yes, in order to live. But is it necessary to live? Necessary to what end, unless the will to live be taken as a given? But why should it be? In the TV show 'Nurse Jackie', a drama exploring the struggle with self destruction, the character of young Charlie Cruz frankly and cheerfully explains that he enjoys experimenting with recreational pharmaceuticals so greatly as to become sanguine of soon paying the ultimate price, an inevitably fatal overdose. Jackie has no answer. No one can save Charlie who does no want to be saved. Living and dying on his own terms, does Charlie therefore win the argument?
     
    In the words of Bill Maher: “Suicide is man's way of telling God, 'You can't fire me - I quit.'” indeed, to quote from 'The Good Word' by Wilfred Sheed: “the sincerest form of criticism life gets.” Schopenhauer was not the first to deem that the tragedy is even being born! But does death then bring a happy ending to said tragedy? Death ends all suffering and evil in life, along with any good. Hence, if life is the problem, is death then the solution? Why should anyone desire to live at all, much less indefinitely? Indeed, there is no rational reason. After all, life is full of suffering, and for that matter, the Nihilists are right: Any value assigned to pleasure cannot be derived, logically, any more than life and survival. Value thus is arbitrary. For meaning resides nowhere in the external universe, but is created and assigned individually in consciousness and collectively in culture. Indeed, as G. E. Moore points out, desires are not rational, not even those of self preservation and survival, let alone anything further. Desires are neither true nor false, they are desires. And why is that any reason for Nihilistic despair? And how is Nihilistic despair any less arbitrary? Indeed, what is more Absurdly futile than the Zen quest for futility? Moreover, Freud's Pleasure Principle is a Reductionist oversimplification, and not the whole story at all. For, in accordance with the Axiology of G. E. Moore, just as pleasure is only the second order desire, an indicator pursuant to whatever perceived and understood good, likewise avoidance of pain is only the second order fear or aversive desire, an indicator pursuant to whatever perceived and understood evil, avoidance thereof being first order desire. Indeed, it would be a poor irrelevant self preservation drive, that only follows Pleasure Principle in avoiding painful experience, in dereliction of forestalling actual harm, no matter how painless. Axiology though abstract, must remain relevant to external objective conditions of reality.
     
    Desires thus are meaningful, after all. Therefore, so is living life. Because, if the aversive emotion of boredom is, indeed, to quote Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy in ‘Anna Karenina,’ "the desire for desires," then in that case, what could be more meaningful, even than the worst boredom, let alone whatever heights of fulfillment! Indeed, boredom is so intensely value loaded, as to be most greatly meaningful. In the words of Gilbert K. Chesterton: "A yawn is a silent shout." For in the words of Leo Stein: “Boredom is an emptiness filled with insistence.” Death then may end boredom, but addresses none of the outcry of boredom.
     
    Indeed, as for even to the worst suffering of death throes: Death itself, oblivion even intrinsically devoid of all suffering, remains the greater concern. Alas, death may often come as a release more for onlookers who really can't be bothered, so squeamish in conforming taboo, those malignant angels of death. In the words of Simone Weil: “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” Dying brings a shift in priorities. The elderly, the infirm and the dying, may find themselves steadily and increasing isolated, invisible, ineffectual and unknown, as participation in society wanes. But more than this, even without physical suffering or helpless indignity, the dying are known to complain of loneliness, defined as the wont of intimacy, because of how they feel that others in the most well meaning hope and denial, let alone the homicidal comfort of those malignant angels of death, quite fail to relate, empathize and sympathize, with the unique anguish in the face of impending death, the terror and sorrow, powerless, trapped and cornered with time running out. The dying are understandably desperate, withdrawn and inconsolable. And we are all dying, much as we tend to put it out of mind.
     
    "More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must die “the worm at the core” of the human condition" motivating such culturally pervasive denial simply in order to cope, individually. It remains however, that peaceful death is merely a consolation, not a remedy, to mortality. How so? People readily suffer in order to survive. Life even at its worst, is cherished and valued. We are not so ready to die, just to escape even the slightest suffering. The priorities are clear. Death, annihilation, oblivion, not just painful death throes, is the cause of Existential despair and futility, wherein is lamented the meaninglessness of life because life ends, not because life ends howsoever displeasurably. Indeed, clearly, the extreme displeasure is in anticipation of impending annihilation, being inherently undesirable! Ecclesiastes, after rejecting the words of the preacher: "All is vanity." concluding, indeed, that only isolation renders life so pointless and desperate, and this has remedy.
     
    4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.
     
    4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
     
    Ecclesiastes affirms life and condemns death:
     
    9:4 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
     
    Indeed, a cryonized dog is still clearly better off than a rotting lion carcass!
     
    5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. [...] there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
     
    To reiterate: "More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must die “the worm at the core” of the human condition" motivating such pervasive denial simply in order to cope, even like unto Stockholm syndrome. Life is all there is and all we have. What you can't know, experience, suffer, subjectively, will still hurt you objectively. For according to Ecclesiastes, death, the null situation, is the worst most fearful and extreme and permanent circumstance of loneliness being, to quote John Milton: “the first thing that God's eye nam'd not good.” And the recommendation of oblivion as harmless, as perhaps dubiously and apocryphally put into the mouth of Socrates to help wash down the hemlock, only advocates figuratively putting our proverbial heads in the metaphorical sand and kidding ourselves. Quoth Ecclesiastes in handy rebuttal, even though the dead cannot be conscious of anything, the living remain no less sanely cognizant of reality including that of impending death. And that it is better to live, even as (or like) a dog, than to be dead, even for a (literal or figurative) lion. Which is so much as to say that life, in all of its hardship, even that of Existential despair in the face of impending death, remains ever of dearest intrinsic value, and that therefore death can only be intrinsically undesirable and indeed the ultimate in pointlessness, only the more Absurd.
     
    Just as companionship is the only meaningful redemption of life and its travail for Ecclesiastes, the condition of death is the ultimate lonely circumstance, the very worst to come. So perhaps in similarity in emphasis of Phenomenal comfort over Ontology and Axiology, objective reality and values, the propaganda invented Socrates at the end of 'The Apology' should be recognized as intellectual kin in sheer sophistry, to Plato's fictive Socrates of 'The Republic' extolling the "noble lie" and manufacture of fools paradise, praising oppression and exploitation as the very soul of enduring civic justice! So: Will the real Socrates please stand up? No, he can't, he's dead. And we all the poorer. Every death diminishes us all. It is impossible to love life, even despite every travail, without therefore fearing and loathing death, and impossible to yearn for death until hating living. The dread of such a horror as death is only part and parcel with the appropriateness of grief, even howsoever anticipatory and abstract. For at any given moment, to be alive is the obvious precondition for whatever meaning and value to be hoped for in living, none of which can be accessible at any moment after death. Life, then, is always a dear cost. A cost not to be cheapened by sophomoric rhetoric and sophistry to make light of such ultimate stakes as those of life and death.
     
    Thus, clearly, dying peacefully, even with its obvious preference and advantages over agonizing death throes, cannot resolve the root of Existential despair, at least not for everyone, because you'll still be dead! So please stop adding such insult of my intelligence even to such injury as even that of mortality! Ecclesiastes, in his eternal vérités, seeing no new thing under the sun, even in such benign recommendation as that of good cheer, good times, good grooming, with gusto and effort in making the most of happy and productive though transitory life and relationships, entirely fails even to imagine anything so mew under the sun as unprecedented better conditions of life without natural death or fatal mishap. But Sappho does not. Sappho incisively compares human mortality to the conceivable alternative of its negation as imaginatively represented in mythology, and finds our circumstance much wanting by that comparison. We know this much,” quoth Sappho: “Death is evil, so the gods have judged, or they all would die!” All good depends upon life. Moreover, that Ecclesiastes deems life precious while had, in no way extols scarcity to increase value. That's bullshit!
     
    There is no such thing as nothingness as an entity. Every concept, observation, abstraction or mathematical description, of any manner of ostensible nothingness as an entity, such as empty vacuum in space or even theoretical singularities and voids transcending space-time in modern Cosmology or hither to in Theology, are actually distinct hypotheses of howsoever ever existing conditions, that is to say: assertions concerning something at all. Whereas the word: 'nothing' refers only to the lack of contents characteristic of the empty set which does not have any members at all. Life is conscious being and afterwards death is nothingness. Nevertheless: We are time bound, which means we remember the past and anticipate the future, rather than merely experiencing the present moment without reflection as recommended by the Zen Mystics. We even form intimation of futuring scenarios, however vividly or abstractly, even such as that we never expect to experience personally. Indeed, though they well understand this to be oxymoronic, some even imagine, perhaps metaphorically, that in the nothingness and non existence of death, they would come to miss their own personal sense if identity! Which to say that in comprehension of death, in anticipatory reflection thereupon, many peopled find that they desire not to be dead and non existent, not ever, but rather to continue living, even indefinitely, barring anything actually worse than death. Therefore Deathism must go to such great lengths in looking the proverbial gift horse in metaphorical mouth, decrying not only current options of Cryonic Suspension, but the imminent prospect of Radical Life Extension.
     
    Indeed, it would seem that the object of desire can indeed be even the more abstract still, and even rightly so. The more abstract the understanding and appreciation of consciousness and identity, consequently the more abstract all hitherto concrete survival imperative becomes. The only danger is of becoming lost in such abstraction as loses relevance to desired external outcomes, first of all, of survival. Such dangerous irrelevance results from introversion in the refinement of the efficiency of self intrapsychic process in search of solace, of dishonest denial and taboo, only undermining survival, much like Christian Science or Stockholm syndrome.
     
    The glorification of abject surrender is characteristic of Nihilistic corruption of the instinctual will to power and survival exactly as bewailed by Nietzsche in The Antichrist. “I call an animal, a species, an individual corrupt, when it loses its instincts, when it chooses, when it prefers, what is injurious to it. [...] the values of decadence, of nihilism, now prevail under the holiest names.”
     
    Rightly so, nevertheless, arising even beyond the imperative of continued physical survival and continued individual consciousness, there is the maintenance of individual integrity in any more subtle sense, indeed of principles and identity, the compromise any of whereof can even be the more threatening than death itself, even in all of its greatest indignity, death being a condition of nonexistence that at least cannot howsoever distort or pervert a living psyche. Indeed, even that an even howsoever invasively altered personality need not cause suffering, indeed may be the happier for it, is appealing only to some, while others fill with dread of any such a prospect as of futuristic bio-happiness or: Zen in a pill, and no less rightly so. Yet precisely here the danger arises, that should the survival imperative in preservation of self integrity become exaggerated or unclear and misguided, it will come to pass that so many fear change and growth at all. They fear life.
     
    For that matter, baring physical pain or discomfort, the suffering of dying, like dementia, is from the aware perception of consciousness progressively disintegrating and identity slipping away.-of fearful and undignified regression into death. And yet even such suffering of fading away, such involuntary contemplation of manifest ultimate sorrow, is only the aversive second order indicator of an intrinsically undesirable circumstance and its horrible outcome. A quick death spares only the terror of experiencing slow death, but not the loss of life, of conscious existence itself, the latter being the object of said aversion, and quite rightly so.
     
    All thus if one acknowledges individual consciousness and one understands annihilation much less more subtle violation or compromise, then innocence is lost: one apprehends what is death, emotionally mind boggling as that may be, not just any unpleasantly experienced dying process, quick or slow. And given such understanding, however abstract, that may evoke any range of emotion in response, innate or acquired, to death no less than to life, so that quite naturally, even the anticipation of death triggered by mortal danger, even the simple possibility, the risk at all times, can be, to say the least, alarming if not actually painful in and of itself. And Empirically, we know that to be the case for many people. Indeed. much of human consciousness privately, and human culture collectively, is dedicated to coping with, and often sheer denial of, death in and of itself, or else of the very problem abstractly, and not just whatever unpleasant dying process or death throes first actually experienced. Innate self preservation, though aversive, remains a valuable emotion, even a spur to constructive action. But more on this, later.
     
    The mirror neurons for gaining skills by observation, make us identify with what we see others doing or undergoing, such even as to seem like ones own experience, likewise to be learned. Indeed, not to digress, it sometimes even seems that even animals can consider their own mortality, in whatever their dim apprehension that we may perhaps ever underestimate. When a dog sees another dog lying dead and inert, particularly a loved one and long companion, not only are they frightened, revolted and bereaved, but perhaps even a dog may dimly apprehend: That could be me!  
     
    Time bound and self aware human weariness of life is engendered by travail and tragedy, but perhaps all the more by exhausting struggle of inner conflict, of the effort of bad faith and ever proliferating layers of reaction formation, of fraudulent identity fraying at the edges, of boredom with weighty decisions, and the loneliness that comes from bottling everything up inside so secretively. But the will to live, instead rises to the challenge of honesty. And the key to the will to continue living, really depends upon anything to live for, any vision of what you want, something better to yearn for, even in the striving and patience of longevity.
     
    And so, it does no good to hide in the proverbial ivory tower, with no thought of real world implementation. And it does ever harm, to roll up our sleeves to toil with distain for abstract thinking, all in the name of practicality. Therefore, responsibility in the face of uncertainty, demands first of all, the willingness to speculate. The alternative is irresponsible paralysis, particularly in the long range. Not passive helplessness, nor staying the course in blind ideology, but provisional planning subject to ongoing revision as needed, is what is required. Practical Philosophy, violating heteronymous taboo by bridging the near and far in order to allow lofty abstract principle to guide down-to-earth practical planning, and likewise for the latter always to inform and to tether the former to any Empirical reality, becomes crucial.
     
    Case in point: If indefinitely long youthful and healthy life, once attained by modern medicine, ever truly loses its savor the way cynical Deathism so confidently predicts, then let the individual in due course, choose how and when, if ever, to die. To remain mortal, with neither Radical Life Extension (the imminent cure for aging, bringing an end to natural death) nor provision for the interim fallback of Cryonics, is not a choice at all, but an abrogation of choice and responsibility, whilst waiting in passive despair of sullen boredom and stubborn cynicism, for every even remotely possible objection to be decisively addressed for you. Indeed, as shall be seen, Deathists argue that it is better to be free from the burdens of such weighty decision
     
    For that matter, why should anyone desire to live at all, much less indefinitely? After all, life is full of suffering and frustration. Indeed, to reiterate, there is no rational reason. The tradition of suicide as honorable and redemptive, is clearly a concept of oppression and inward turning violence. But perhaps the opposite traditional view of suicide as the coward's way out, lacks compassion for escapism under extreme duress and suffering, particularly of helplessness and humiliation more than physical pain and discomfort. Maybe humiliation really does feel like dying!
     
    Otherwise the realization must dawn, that self-respect demands we soldier on. Perhaps because perspective shows us the pettiness of our irritations, and life remain unaccountably precious. Because, as the saying goes, where there is life, there is hope. And what is there in human and even animal nature more irrational than basic trust, attitudinal faith, hope itself?
     
    To follow Maslow's hierarchical approach to needs, under oppression, freedom takes precedent before all questions raised by freedom once attained, and likewise, under threat, survival takes precedent over all questions raised by survival once achieved. As G. E. Moore points out, desires are not rational, not even those of self preservation and survival, let alone anything further. Desires are neither true nor false, they are desires. What options of freedom, then, can there be to redeem life as worthy?
     
    Which brings us to one answer, specifically, the central thrust of this very website, FoolQuest.com, being definition and strategic proposal of meeting the intrinsically motivating needs of authentic wellbeing in all that we truly live for.
     
    To begin with, if nothing else, Philosophy being this very question of the meaning of life, is already in and of itself most worthy. For as Socrates famously admonishes, it is the unexamined life that is unfit for human beings. And there can be no solution finding without first any problem statement.
     
    And all of this is why, as Camus recommends, I remain unreconciled with death. Indeed, going beyond mere Absurdist grand gesture to go down fighting, indeed quite sincerely, I am entirely reconciled with the fear of death. It is better to fear death, the loss of life, than to fear life itself. Both life and death are rightly terrifying. But one of those two polar fears must take priority, because one of the two conflicting desires, survival and escape, must be chosen over the other. Otherwise, what can be recommended of surrender to the snare of consuming ambivalence, let alone denial thereof? Is self preservation nothing but an inconvenient obstacle of evolutionary biology, to the only sensible course of action, being suicide? Does it make any sense, paraphrasing Augustine, to pray: God give me resolve to suicide, but not yet... ? Or doesn't Emortalism, the advocacy of Emortality, of practical immortality via Radical Life Extension research towards the aging cure and eradication of natural death, with Cryonics as interim stop gap to remain thereafter as contingency for death by mishap, make better sense? 
     
    To quote Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself." Well, I am not afraid or ashamed to be so crass as to fear of ever losing my very life. I know and can accept who I am, at least to that extent of such the blindingly obvious. For many aversive emotions are nevertheless of tremendous value. What is so very wrong, so terribly crass, with looking both ways before crossing the street? Indeed, the fear of death is the most wonderful and sensible sign of vitality! Only a greater fear of life in bad faith and denial, then ever at all overwhelm the natural and wholesome survival instinct, desire to continue living, and entirely sensible dread of extinction and annihilation of individual consciousness, of death. Indeed, as we shall see, the only appeal of death, is escapism. So it is the fear of life that must be addressed: The fear of life is the fear of growth and of change, thus the embrace of stagnation and boredom, even unto a veritable living death. Only given simple fear of the unknown, the conceivable limits to life come only at the point of sheer failure of imagination regarding growth and change. And fear rises also at the boundaries of personal integrity and self concept, the most meaningfully abstract side of self preservation, being: clear desire and preference for survival and fearful aversion to any prospect of extinction and oblivion. Existential good faith, thus becoming essential to long term survival, requires that self image must also keep pace and evolve along with the person. A meaningful personal ideal is an eternal striving.
     
    Willfully positive thinking and emotion to the exclusion of all aversive caution, only amounts to proverbially keeping ones head metaphorically in the sand. Every positive right depends upon its corollary as a negative right. The freedom to walk outside at night, and to do so safely, is entirely contingent upon securing the negative right simply not to get mugged. Indeed therefore, just as Mysticism such as the Zen so bitterly complains:
     
    “From the dear comes grief;
    From the dear comes fear.
    If you're freed from the dear
    You'll have no grief, let alone fear.”
     
    — Anonymous, The Dhammapada
     
    Zen cessation in quest of futility, promises liberation and deliverance from fear, only via abject surrender to despair. But that seems somewhat Draconian sour grapes. Indeed, pessimism in protection from disappointment, the surrender to despair, does at first bring relief from the dystress of struggle, but soon depression begins ever deepening. Therefore the seduction of Zen Nihilism might best be greeted with skeptical caution. It makes perfect sense, that every positive desire entails therefore a desire of avoidance, an aversive desire to avoid, a fear of pain and loss. What's wrong with that?
     
    Socrates famously hails Philosophy as the next best thing to being dead. Why fear death? How can the non existence after death be any more painful than the non existence before birth? Answer: It's the wrong question. Again, it would be a poor irrelevant self preservation drive, that only follows Pleasure Principle in avoiding painful experience, in dereliction of forestalling actual harm, no matter how painless. The question then, should be of real harm. How, then, is the oblivion before birth, any less tragic than death, afterwards? Because life is lost when life ends in death. Unless time is actually running backwards from how we perceive, as in the Teleological Science Fiction novel 'Cryptozoic' by Brian Aldiss, life is not lost, retroactively, from the first infantile glimmer of consciousness! Even in Axiology, the inescapability of the subjective, in no way invalidates applicable objective considerations. Axiology though abstract, must remain relevant to external objective conditions of reality.
     
    And yet it is still argued that only the very death throes, suffering in the experience of dying, is of any harm or fear. Thus can the very will to live be trivialized and rationalized away. But this is effete. To quote Nietzsche: Mystical explanations are considered profound. The truth is that they are not even superficial.” Freud's shallow Pleasure Principle, even demystified, is not the whole story. For, in accordance with the observations of G. E. Moore, just as pleasure is only the second order desire pursuant to whatever perceived and understood good, likewise avoidance of pain is only the second order fear or aversive desire pursuant to whatever perceived and understood evil, avoidance thereof being first order desire. Because, emphatically, it would be a poor irrelevant self preservation drive, that only follows Pleasure Principle in avoiding painful experience, in dereliction of forestalling actual harm, no matter how painless.
     
    Truth is correspondence to reality as can be asserted. But what are the intellectual mechanics of such correspondence? Arguably, all comprehension, indeed for that matter perception to begin with, is via metaphor and abstraction of one kind or degree or another. And this applies no less to death. The prospect of oblivion, non existence having ceased to be, is chilling to the bone, indeed, all the more for so boggling the imagination! Any discrepancy of imagination of death with reality as best literally understood, is in turn accepted as metaphor. Thus there is no misconception in need of intellectualizing remedy or denial of the grim truth, corresponding to reality as it already does, perfectly well. We need to stop talking ourselves to death and rise to action!
     
    The painlessness of being dead is therefore quite irrelevant sophistry, indeed most slippery Nihilistic value-destruction! Such sophistry may even be deemed Psychotic in character, in seeking to replace and deny emotion, in this case the desire for continued life and therefore the valuable and entirely beneficial though aversive repugnance of death, all named: self preservation, with abstraction, in this case rationalizing away the very will to live. While controlling anxiety and granting any inner peace in the short term, the end result of such abject surrender, can only be the deepening of depression and (Existential) despair with passive aggressive suicidal thinking. Worse, such sophistry readily lends itself to fanaticism, in that by ignoring Empirically observable human nature, the hypothesis thereby becomes untestable and unshakable. Worst of all, the position can become Zen Moralistic, as ever masquerading under the banner of Stoical pragmatism, by decrying rudimentary self preservation as error or vice, and implicit recommendation of said to be corrected by embrace and Behavioral conditioning instead, into the correct attitude, how one ought to feel, never mind how one does feel. But to quote G. E. Moore: "You can't get an is from an ought."
     
    People are known to risk and suffer greatly in hopes of survival. The fictional character in the Science Fiction movie 'The Abyss' would actually drown, excruciatingly, in a desperate gambit in hopes to be rescued safe and sound and survive, rather than to actually die no matter how peacefully and painlessly fading away in the euphoria of anoxia. Thus the reality of death, no matter how abstractly apprehended, can easily be even more undesirable than the worst transitory suffering associated with the mere pain and discomfort of dying or surviving or living at all. Ontology trumps Phenomena. So it would be a poor irrelevant self preservation drive, that only follows Pleasure Principle in avoiding painful experience, in dereliction of forestalling actual harm, no matter how painless.
     
    Indeed, the siren song of sacrifice was likely placed into the mouth of Socrates, in masterful propaganda, after his followers, is such disarray, failed even to bribe the guard and save their master Socrates from execution. -something of a tradition in Athens at the time. Thus instead of being sensible and escaping, surviving and waiting for the madness of war to blow over, is the threadbare independent autonomous free thinking Socrates presented so oddly out of character: dying as an anal retentive goody two-shoes, enduring a rash, petty and unjust death sentence, simply in abidance to the letter of the law, and in a colossal gesture of suicidal passive aggression, getting his posthumous I-told-you-so when the citizens of Athens soon came to remorse for their rash and impulsive decision. Indeed, though there was only one dose of hemlock on hand at the time, prefiguring the likes of the Reverend Jim Jones, Socrates is depicted as urging his beloved disciples to follow him at their earliest convenience! Even without the glorification of war, the Mystical Pacifist romanticization of death remains pernicious. And what worse example for loved ones, can there be than suicidal passive aggression? What more dysfunctional betrayal?
     
    At the mass suicide in Jones Town, the Reverend Jim Jones assured his flock that the children would not suffer, as he urged parents to share the cyanide Kool-Aid with their families. When a commentator accuses the Reverend Jim Jones of thereby rhetorically shifting ground, that is so much as to say that death in and of itself is obviously the greater concern, and survival a priority, not just Pleasure Principle of avoiding suffering and pain. Indeed, to this day, "drinking the Kool-Aid" remains somewhat contemptuous euphemism for all such weak minded submission to all such dubious ideas as Christian Science & Stockholm syndrome, or mass agathusia and passive suicide.
     
     
    What are the real downsides of survival?
    Insurmountable opportunity
     
     
    What then, is the worst that can befall from Cryonic Suspension? If reanimation does not come about, then the patient is still no more dead than had they gone to meaty rot instead. Another concern is of finding oneself alone in a future in a world with everyone one has ever known, long dead. But the optimal solution to that, is to encourage ones loved ones to make similar provisions in order to share the future. Besides, some may live long enough to benefit from Radical Life Extension. Yes, the first to become emortal will always abide in bereavement for the dead uncryonized and lost forever (barring time travel). Thereby, even in such terrible suffering and loss, still we honor that love. For one would not choose instead to forget, to trade cherished memories for peace and ease. But at least there will be no further bereavement in a world without any more deaths. And in the meantime, Cryonics offer the hope that, if all goes well, separation will be temporary instead of eternal. Moreover, it may be hoped for that many alive today may survive long enough to benefit from the impending advent of Radical Life Extensions, the aging cure and end to natural death.
     
    That only leaves sheer futureshock, a Luddite terror of the unknown future. A common fear is of awakening to some sort of dystopia. This fear should be readily allayed as somewhat unlikely, because of the required confluence of favorable conditions for reanimation: Delayed resuscitation out from Cryonics, actually the recovery of the personality out from preserved but extremely damaged brain tissue, will require significant progress, scientific and technological, for the wherewithal in neuroscience to know what we are doing, nanotechnology for the recovery of neural microstructures, and the sheer computing power to run the necessary simulations for complex reconstruction. But the social conditions also have to be right. That probably means that things have to be fairly good in the world. Because really bad conditions might tend to thwart reanimation, at least temporarily or even permanently if cryostorage is disrupted.
     
    What does the medium range future hold? It seems nigh impossible that conditions will simply remain much the same. Likely, the rate of change will continue to accelerate at an accelerating rate of acceleration. The current futuring scenario is a likely if not inevitable projection, barring interim catastrophe. The above and the following, in the preponderance of evidence, all merely follow well established trends, wherein the proverbial genie, well out from the metaphorical bottle, won't be stuffed back inside again. As we shall see, interim survival, collectively and individually, may at least as likely as not, to be well be worth the trouble.
     
    It seems likely that every tribulation notwithstanding, social and technological progress will continue to advance. And there is always choice how to prioritize allocation of ever increasing resources in technological advance and economic growth. It seems likely that every tribulation notwithstanding, that standards of living will continue to rise, and violent death rates per capita will continue to decline. This is particularly important, because every social good seems connected, for practical purposes, to standards of living. Merely installing electrical utilities to an impoverished village, immediately reduced the birth rate, alleviating overpopulation and shortages. The destitute poor in the world, pollute worse even than the stinking rich. Crime and terror are likewise nurtured by desperate poverty and oppression. And those who can afford education, are that much less supportive of ignorant barbaric practices and injustice. Democracy flowers from rising affluence in free markets. And so on.
     
    Geological history teaches us that catastrophic impact with the Earth, is not a question of 'if,' but 'when.' And a planet killer size asteroid contains more mineral wealth than has ever been used in the entirety of human history. Furthermore, the technology for deflecting asteroids that threaten the Earth, is the same as for safely capturing near Earth passing asteroids into stable orbits, for exploitation of their incalculable bounty. Moreover, among so many other engineering advantages of micro-gravity, solar energy in outer space, unfiltered by the Earth's atmosphere, is nigh limitless. As the cost to orbit continues going down, the vast resources of the solar system become available. As heavy industry transfers into orbit, environmental pollution and the scarcities which drive war, come to an end on Earth. The Space Age has begun in earnest. The wonders of the solar system, and the deep oceans too, open to tourism. The outward expansion of humanity will not be subject to the limitations of new planets, to be discovered or teraformed. Rather, the future belongs to the populous proliferation of space habitats, vast inside out garden spots, spheres and cylinders, even hollowed out asteroids, spinning gently for centrifugal force, artificial gravity, within. -Nothing like the confining and oppressive submarine interiors with which we are currently familiar... In prosperity and plenty of life in outer space, planet bound life will cone to be viewed as an impoverished subsistence existence. Nanotechnology and bioengineering too, will continue advancing.
     
    Perhaps most immediately, with the advent of rapid prototyping for the home, the so-called 3-D printer, the means of production, as with the home computer and the means of communication, will shift increasingly into the hands of the individual citizen consumer end-user.
     
     
     
    Resistance
     
    As we shall see, Deathism is more than a mere cultural curiosity, but an increasing hazard to public health and safety. The adage: "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" might best be amended with the caveat: All things being equal. Because, unlike the precious trained falcon in the hand as referenced in the medieval adage, as regards Deathism, and to mix metaphorical animals, that dog don't hunt!/cock won't fight/isn't a runner! -metaphorical aphorism denotative of a plan or theory that simply won't work...
     
    "More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must diethe worm at the core” of the human condition" motivating such pervasive denial simply in order to cope. Roen Horn expounds upon the vivid parallels between Deathism & Stockholm syndrome. Indeed, whatever fallacious solace in trenchant denial provided by Deathism, however securely available, has become too costly and dangerous, undermining as it does, human survival, always fraught with uncertainty, in that, much as the religion of Christian Science enjoins by taboo its adherents from modern medicine, even in life and death illness or injury, similarly Deathism pacifies and obstructs available treatment and care, the only possibility, ultimately, for survival, for the clinically dead, being the ultimate heroic measure that is Cryonics in hopes of eventual future technological advance in order ever to make reanimation possible. Deathism also manifests in such lukewarm market resistance against research towards Radical Life Extension, the sought for aging cure, closer within reach than ever before, to modern science. Aging which is one hundred percent fatal, need not merely be treated and endured in advancing years, but can be eradicated much as have so many life threatening infectious diseases and plagues that once ravaged the world. But Deathism engenders willful blindness, inaction and underfunding.
     
    Cryonics, going it alone instead of becoming better integrated with available infrastructure, and perhaps also Radical Life Extension research to reverse aging and eradicate natural death, currently function within the restraints produced by Deathism in society. Just as with other kinds of bigotry, practice of Deathism retreats beneath the surface, as bigotry becomes less palatable in society. No one protests: "But my best friends are Emortalists!" Never the less, time and again, initial friendly support, mysteriously dissipates in business connectivity for Cryonics. Follow ups never materialize. Calls and emails are no longer answered. Thus, no one need admit squeamishness and then account for the sly backhanded disrespect of their aggression. Cryonics is widely despised. People are squeamish whether they show it or not. People, even Atheists, will only go so far, in tolerance of Atheism, even their own Atheism in their own minds: It's one thing to embrace reason, outgrow and forgo the empty promise of faith and the hereafter, but its another thing to rise to the challenge and try to do something about it. The offer of help via cryonics, for the terminal or the bereaved, the unique compassion in the very idea of just going as far as it will take to ameliorate profound tragedy, may even be warmly appreciated, but nevertheless rejected. It's just too much, too good for mere mortals so heteronymously enjoined to accept our fate like sheeple to the slaughter.
     
    Tact and pity demand deference to helplessness and comforting Fairy Tales, whether of religion and the hereafter or such as is dished up in secular Deathist apologetics, nonsensical abstraction and all around travesty of genuine Philosophy. Real hope will only enliven despair. And breaching the monopoly of religion and secular Deathism with disturbingly real alternatives hopes, is just unconscionable in such thinking, even nowadays that the possibility of morality without God is commonly acknowledged, indeed it's improvement upon all pious piffle and intolerance. And yet the loss of comfort in Deathism, to the individual and to society, remains more deeply feared, even than death itself. As we shall see, that enduring yearned for comfort is heteronomy, the terrified enemy of autonomy.
     
    All of this, again, is why pervasive and ubiquitous Deathism is more than merely a cultural curiosity, but a very serious hazard today. Deathism, in entrenched bigotry against Cryonics and also against Radical Life Extension, remains subtle and insidious, taking the form of squeamishness and obstruction by passive aggressive non cooperation. Even initial seeming friendly good will, that somehow quickly fade away into calls and emails no longer returned. For, actually only the most vulgar and marginal are openly hostile. Only the most hysterical plot obstruction. And so, our frustration remains with sheer inertia, societally. Cryonics is not taken seriously, and trying to get anything done can be frustrating and lonely.
     
    Social support in any endeavor, as ever may remain amongst the foremost predicate of success, hence deficiency or mismatch to whatever actual needs, of social support, the very recipe for failure. Cryonics still is not integrated into the mainstream of care, thus denied crucially needed infrastructure. Indeed in quest of logistics, the most straightforward of business arrangements and relationships, even initially promising, tend mysteriously to stall and pitter out stillborn. Ironically, it often seems that it is Cryonics itself that displays suspended animation! Saul Kent, no less, has put forth that is self inflicted on the part of the Cryonic community ourselves, by retreating from the main stream and seeking to go it alone. We in the Cryonics community, have not been team players! Integrated Recovery is a new business model seeking to amend the despised reclusion of Cryonics in a big way.
     
    Inevitably, every solution brings new problems. One only hopes that the proverbial cure won't be worse than whatever metaphorical malady, and certainly not actual fate worse than death! Indeed, prolonging life often raises exactly such issues of quality of life, the prolonging only of suffering such as to inspire the yearning for release in death. But Cryonics has no impact upon quality of life, except to offer even rational individuals, the consoling hope that death can be temporary. And Radical Life Extension, the aging cure, will vastly improve quality of life. As we shall see, from a practical standpoint over all improvement can be predicted, while the new problems are less severe than those solved and generally surmountable.
     
    Indeed, for the most part, the problems raised by overcoming death, either by Cryonics, Radical Life Extension, or the former as it will serve as a fallback for the latter, are entirely Existential. Because clearly, both life and death are fraught with Existential conundrum. So, by what rationale should life even in good health and in comfort, at any point in time, be anticipated to become more terrifying than irreversible death? Therefore, the real question is, by what Axiological measure can whatever Existential issues actually be deemed worse than death, death in all the terror not only of its most obvious and tangible ramifications but also notoriously, Existentially? There are also predictive questions, Psychologically and Sociologically, in the foretelling of any suffering before deeming said suffering actually worse than death. All in all, the morbid doomsayers seem, as the expression goes, at the same time both too serious and not serious enough. All in all, Deathism seems incomprehensible to non Deathists. What can it be that taboo ridden Deathists withhold and refuse to explain plainly? Or are they just as crazy as they seem?
     
    Perhaps the fear of unending life, is the fear of an eternity of life's anxiety, with no anticipation of final rest and release. Thus the remedy for fear of life, is better optimism in the prospect of growth and resolution of anxieties at all. The fear of practical immortality, then, is the fear of inevitable and needed change, of responsible autonomy. And all the rhetorical apologetics shielding this truth is nothing more than dishonest Existential bad faith.
     

    “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”

     

    Anaïs Nin

     
    Psychodynamically, most of the kind of people to whatever degree actually finding themselves veritably hanging on by their proverbial fingernails, teeth clenched only waiting for death, adamantly refuse to be honest with themselves about their dismal life strategy. For such abide so shamefully, the loneliness of pent up bad faith and denial eating away at them. And death will only rob them of any last chance for the only release, that of expression met with understanding, that anyone truly needs in order to more wholeheartedly press on and appreciate life. -And of autonomy. There is no self salvation, no dignified exit. Barring intolerable suffering with no hope to give any reasonable point in delaying the inevitable, suicide only comes from dispirited self pity filling that void of yearned for expression met with understanding. And even in case of the worst suffering, may nevertheless actually be the more motivated by the sheer crushingly lonely sense of isolation because no one seems to comprehend their extreme plight, than by the relief from any other and more palpable adversity or even the most searing physical pain.
     
     
     
     
    The sheer heteronomy of Deathism: Emortalism as inextricable with autonomy
    For what Deathism as any other decidophobic manifestation of heteronomy so fears, is nothing less than the Existential burden of freedom. Deathism extolling definition in human mortality, is simply Agoraphobia along the axis of time.

    “The nature of a novel is that it has no opinions, only the dialectic of contrary views, some of which, all of which, may be untenable and even silly.”

     — Anthony Burgess  
     

    Practical Immortality cannot bring with it certain guarantees that Deathism demands of it. Quite the contrary, Practical Immortality brings worthy challenges, affording more time, nothing being more precious than time, in meeting the challenges of life. But Deathism, the ultimate in heteronomy, contends that only time pressure makes anyone philosophical, and that Emortals will be irredeemably callow. Thus Deathism secretly dreads the yearned for recover of innocence as the very loss of their souls into eternal living death! But as we shall see, they fear the opposite outcome all the more. The paralytic ambivalence of heteronomy generally and Deathism most particularly, is positively omni-directional! Such pervasive ambivalence after all, is really nothing less than fear of life.

     
    Of course there are heroes who lay down their very lives. But this they do in extreme exigency, with specific objectives and priorities, never in sheer effete principle of routine selflessness! That makes all the difference in the example which is noble and sterling, versus the example that is simply toxic and self destructive! 
    Heteronomy, mindless loyalty, ideology and dogmatism, are all collective panic response, metaphorically circling the proverbial wagons in times of crisis. But then crisis is perpetuated. The true perpetual Existential crisis has always been death impending. And denial only makes matters worse. Only take death and infirmity off the table, and what will be the ramifications to human consciousness? What does the sheer heteronomy of Deathism really so dread? Peace of mind, the removal of stress and fear, undermines the great crutch of status quo order. More time opens more options which are the very bane of decidophobia. Imagine: Emmortals may finally be able to hear themselves think! The horror, the horror...
    If instinctual self preservation alone will not suffice, nor even the yearning for love to endure, then any motivating enthusiasm for whatever prospect of Radical Life Extension must be predicated upon some or other hope for progress and betterment of one kind or another, preferably free from the decline of aging. For example: Unfolding wonderment in the world of tomorrow. Or more tangibly, rising standards of living. Or perhaps most meaningfully, whatever manner of self improvement and personal evolution.
    Perhaps the true protagonist of the movie TMNT AKA ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV is Yaotl, the world's worst person, an evil sorcerer and merciless conquering warlord, a regular Hyperborean Hitler/Genghis Khan, who has since those mythic ancient days, subsequently grown into perhaps the world's best and most noble person, now living as corporate mogul Max Winters. And it is made explicit, that this transformation, otherwise too great and quite impossible, has been accomplish only by living for thousands of years! And yet, now he must now sacrifice his immortal life, in order to redeem himself and save the world from dire consequences of his own prior schemes unraveling and come back to haunt him.
    The very premise embodies the entire gamut of ever mounting Existential ambivalence in our society today, as expressed in popular culture and entertainment, upon any prospect of Radical Life Extension, and indeed, the very value of life itself at all to begin with. Immortality, more life and therefore life itself at all in the first place, is so dramatically presented as: a blessing, a curse, a miracle, and unnatural tampering demanding price of atonement, all at once!
    Going at all more High Brow, the salient underappreciated Morality Play of the notable and truly forward looking Science Fiction movie 'Vanilla Sky' is subtle in subversion of hoariest cliché: The expectation is built up for yet another cliché Sci-Fi B-movie sermon about how man was never meant to play God. But then no hint thereof ever materializes between interacting characters after all populating a future setting wherein the technological overthrow of mortality, far from hubris, is already common place. Indeed, the very thought never so much as occurs! For in the famous words of Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr: "The more things change, the more they remain the same." To wit: The hardest part of life is living. Indeed, as it turns out, removing the dreadful prospect of death is without secondary Existential ramification, unless of course quite simply, one fears life even more than death. Maybe it makes some sense to fear life more than death. Life is risk, while death is beyond harm. Still, you can have it.
     
    In the words of André Gide: “What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.” Therefore dramatists must ever quest for some downside at all, even to freedom from death. And hack Deathist trope and cliché are easiest and fall most readily within reach. Whereas meaningful Existential exploration is by far the higher dramatic aspiration. And what 'Vanilla Sky' so brilliantly accomplishes is to vindicate the worthiness not so much of life's rewards, as first of all, of life's problems. It is indeed the Philosophical person most suited to rise to the prospect of Emortality: Freud sought to transform extreme neurotic suffering into ordinary unhappiness. A wistful melancholy as the protagonist David Aames arrives to instead of any dire ennui, well qualifies. For while the depths of ennui are long reputed as interminable and dark, the sweet melancholy of even David's saddest might have beens still touch eternity by evocation of hope and value, so that he can confidently choose to continue living and to strive in pursuit of happiness, or at least in rebellion against the Absurd, with the entire richness and range of human emotion, from hope and opportunity to the appropriateness of grief, even given every caveat of all of life's vicissitudes, yes, even indefinably into a mysterious and uncharted future. In the words of R.M. Perry, Ph.D.: The individual ought to endure - for a life rightly lived is never rightly ended. 
     
    Father of Existentialism Albert Camus writes that "it is essential to die unreconciled and not of one's own free will". Does that mean that it is first of all, essential to die? Or would that just be quoting out of context? After all, how could Camus deem it essential to die? Camus only denied intrinsic external meaning to discover, in favor of meaningful human experience to express, as by love, adventure or the arts. For to deem dying essential, would that not constitute reconciliation with death? No: Rather one must be reconciled with the natural fear of death. Survival instinct is good. In like rebellion against the Absurd, Groucho Marx declared “I intend to live forever, or die trying.” And that has become motto for Emortalism. How Absurd a rebellion against the Absurd, an empty insincere griping in collapse under its own weight of pretensions, then to balk as practical immortality actually looms into feasibility! Far better to extend rebellion against the Absurd, fearlessly and indefinitely! If futility in the face of the Absurd should never deter us from unrelenting struggle, then unprecedented new opportunity ought likewise to be embraced undaunted. There can be little excuse for sheer failure of imagination.
     
    As Kathy muses in ‘Never Let Me Go’ (2010) from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro: “Maybe none of us really understand what we've lived through, or feel we've had enough time.” Perhaps the humility of Deathism is actually squeamishness at the prospect of the eternal and therefore boundless inadequacy of the immortal nebbish, therefore cherishing the extinction of thereby finite individual fallibility. Indeed, Existential inadequacy from comparing so poorly to God and Divine perfection, is actually a common complaint. Again, the hardest part of life is living.
     
    In truth, what is attendant upon the appropriateness of grief, suffering that persists with whatever the injurious cause thereof, therefore valued as useful, even howsoever aversive, as often highly beneficial and meaningful motivation, is the impulse of expression and the yearning for understanding, a desire no less that such relief from expression, indeed the reliving of unresolved suffering, cannot actually be called pleasurable. Indeed, such exactly may be all that the suicide seeks to protect themselves from being overwhelmed and from the very catharsis that may ever bring any Psychiatric relief. Therefore, perhaps the fear of unending life, is the fear of an eternity of life's anxiety, with no anticipation of final rest and release. Thus the remedy for fear of life, is better optimism in the prospect of growth and resolution of anxieties at all. The fear of practical immortality, then, is the fear of inevitable and needed change, upon which all true hope resides. And all the rhetorical apologetics shielding this truth is nothing more than dishonest Existential bad faith. Transhumanism, instead, celebrates the nigh inevitability of the most dizzyingly drastic changes in the human condition, nigh inevitable in the face of technological progress and cultural evolution, even as anticipated in the grandest Science Fiction.

    “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”

     

    Anaïs Nin

     
    Again, Psychodynamically, most of the kind of people to whatever degree actually finding themselves veritably hanging on by their proverbial fingernails, teeth clenched only waiting for death, adamantly refuse to be honest with themselves about their dismal life strategy. For such abide so shamefully, the loneliness of pent up bad faith and denial eating away at them. And death will only rob them of any last chance for the only release, that of expression met with understanding, that anyone truly needs in order to more wholeheartedly press on and appreciate life. There is no self salvation, no dignified exit. Barring intolerable suffering with no hope to give any reasonable point in delaying the inevitable, suicide only comes from dispirited self pity filling that void of yearned for expression met with understanding. And even in case of the worst suffering, may nevertheless actually be the more motivated by the sheer crushingly lonely sense of isolation because no one seems to comprehend their extreme plight, than by the relief from any other and more palpable adversity or even the most searing physical pain.
     
    Alas, death may often come as a release more for onlookers who really can't be bothered, those malignant angels of death. For again, in the words of Simone Weil: “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” 
     
    In Augustine's famous prayer: “Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet” he makes ironic confession of what he condemns as his own weakness in such dividedness, in contrast to the blithe ambivalence of Deathism in likewise putting off, essentially, suicide. For such is eventual natural or circumstantial death by whatever avowed preference, sour grapes not withstanding. And many have taken Psychodynamic, Existential and Situational inventory of sexuality, taken opposition to shame and guilt, embracing Eros and Agape both, ideals of Hedonistic sexual liberation and dignity in harmony with the quest for meaningful intimacy. Alas, however, survivor guilt remains even the more intractable and concealed, than frustration with anti-sex!
     
    Perhaps the flimsiest and most gloomy amongst tropes of Deathist apologetics, not to mention patronizing beyond belief, remains the implication that too squeamish for suicide, we need natural aging and death, randomly timed but generally on schedule, in order to relieve us all of just such weighty decisions for us, just as the Pro-Lifers similarly contend that nature must be allowed to take its course in procreation, because without the cycle of nature, people by themselves are simply without autonomy, aimless and bereft of initiative in charting our own destiny or rising to any other opportunities in life as may ever present themselves, let alone family. But this is true only of heteronomy. And heteronomy is learned not innate. Bioconservatism, be as manifest in Pro-Life doctrine or as in Deathist sensibility, simply romanticizes decidophoia. And in truth, life or death is all the same to decidophobia, so long the outcomes are already selected for us. For the decidophobe responsibility in the face of change and the unknown, is actually more frightful than death, and hence the allure of heteronomy.
     
    “The hostility of many people towards cryonics cannot be explained if people categorically believe that meaningful resuscitation (revival) is impossible. It is the prospect that cryonics may actually work that induces severe anxiety. If the antinatalists are correct in their assessment that coming into existence is always a harm, the unpopularity of cryonics might be indirect evidence for their position.”  
     
    — ‘Non-existence is hard to do’ by Aschwin de Wolf
     
     
    Indeed, judging whether life ever can be worth living, and perhaps even under what abstractly possible or conceivable conditions of practical implementation, might even be deemed the most central of all questions to the human condition. And hope for life worth living is either actively vested in the quest for honest integrity together with the pursuit of happiness and functional relationship or else Nihilistically rejected and condemned as by Zen Mysticism that is rightly so often called out as a cowardly religion, being after all so loath even to risk living life unadulteratedly burdened by the human condition of ego and often even morbid Phenomenal inner reflection, conscience that makes cowards of us all ever dwelling upon suffering from misfortunes occurring in external reality, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
    There are indeed those who at whatever level, actually cling with adamantine desperation not even to sheer fantasies of blissful afterlife, but in anticipation of annihilation and release into oblivion, in order to render the burden of life at all tolerable in the interim. Such being the case however, why do they put it off at all? It does rather seem somewhat ambivalent. But then, it is often adversity rather than calm and comfort that spurs the very stubborn will to live that is both so celebrated and so denounced. Alas, some rain must fall into any life, of course. Nevertheless, rejecting all variously and dismally lowered expectations, what conditions, be they of pursuit of excellence, liberating play, or anything else, might ever remain in balance engagingly pleasurable and meaningful enough to finally quell any serious temptation of suicide, even passively? And how long need one live and endure in order ever to discover and attain true fulfillment?
     
    It is often preached that only death gives life meaning so that there must be some vague chronological cut off point to the value of living. How so? Countable or measurable goods are subject to diminishing returns at any given moment, but life is a supply over time. There is never any excess from the standpoint of sheer survival instinct. One moment of life covers one moment of time exactly. And diminishing returns from any one ingredient assumes fixed supplies of whatever other ingredients. In the ongoing struggle against boredom and loneliness, fulfillment essential to human flourishing, is transitory but renewable. That is the only meaningful natural cycle that intrinsically defines the human condition. Otherwise, exactly what value will be exhausted in too long an entirely healthy life? Beyond any healthy dose of sheer gregarious superficial Hedonism, all that longer healthy lives will truly demand at any given moment, will be the hope of a longer meaning thereto, achievable only in rejection of the near and far taboo. Yes, perhaps, like Yaotl/Max Winters, the ever growing and self improving deathless person must indeed become more contemplative and philosophical, but like David Ames and unlike Yaotl/Max Winters, finding the wherewithal to live rather than the resolve to die.
    Even with all that is so clearly corroborated and well known, people continue to take up smoking tobacco, indeed endangering their lives for low quality mass market tobacco at that, and not even in any trade off for whatever real pleasure or gourmet experience. Worse, mass market cigarettes are laced with ammonia in order to hasten nicotine uptake, the more addictively. The history of just all what it took simply to garner public support in order to make safety belts standard in automobiles, is truly mind staggering. And even today, so many people piss and moan, refusing to buckle up. Worst, the drivers who refuses to buckle up, endangers not only themselves. And of course, we all know full well, about the lethality of second hand smoke. The prevailing answers to human mortality are denial that rationalizes despair and acquiescence, and equanimity that is nothing but denial. It is fair to ask, then: Is there some prevailing death wish?! Little wonder, therefore, that the causes of cryonics and radical life extension research, are such an uphill struggle. Alas that those purportedly not wishing to live forever, seem so determined to hold back those of us who do. An aging cure with a fall back to cryonic suspension in the worst mishap, ought to be readily available to everyone and anyone.
     
     
    The philosopher's revenge
    Better than we deserve
    “Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.” — Bertrand Russell
     
     
    Imagine no more dying 
     And no more aging too
     No more fear to escape from
     And no one left behind
     
    Imagine all the people
     Thinking for themselves
     Uh huh
     
    You may tell me that death unites us
     Lest we wander in our souls
     Towards whatever unknown horizon
     Would that really be quite so bad at all?
     
    Imagine no more virtue
     Of self sacrifice
     No more Moralism
     Or austerity
     
    Imagine strides of progress
     Each and every day
     Yay hay
     
    Imagine automation
     Freeing us from toil
     Time and wealth for the having
     And sex appeal too!
     
    But would I even notice?
     Would you notice me?
     Hee hee
     
    Now we see what remains important
     When distractions are improved
     The true currency of humanity 
      The attention economy
     
    Heteronomy, mindless loyalty, ideology and dogmatism, are all collective panic response of terror management, metaphorically circling the proverbial wagons in times of crisis. But then crisis is perpetuated. But behind it all, the true perpetual Existential crisis has always been death impending. And denial only makes matters worse. Only take death and infirmity off the table, and what will be the ramifications to human consciousness? What does the sheer heteronomy of Deathism really so dread? Peace of mind, the removal of stress and fear, undermines the great crutch of status quo order. More time opens more options which are the very bane of decidophobia. Imagine: Emmortals may finally be able to hear themselves think!
     
    In the world of tomorrow, making people do anything they don't want to do, becomes ever more difficult, as liberating automation improves and affluence becomes increasingly secure for all. Ever more resources become available as an ageless undying population seeks arête in worthy occupation to fill increased leisure. The travail of busywork will be abolished. Nevertheless, the prospect of an indefinitely vast future remains intimidating. We are all emotionally dystressed, mentally ill, to some degree. The individual and social psychiatric adaptations, meant only to endure for one natural lifetime at very most, inevitably fray at the edges and begin to break down. The future then, the heyday of psychotherapy for the masses of the worried well, as less extreme psychiatric patients are sometimes called. Because the only real problems with living forever in good health and prosperously comfortable standards of living, appear to be entirely Existential. The future, then, of similar necessity, is a golden age of Philosophy. Existential conundrum is fundamental to the human condition as we know it. The hardest part of life is living. The embrace of Emortality, of practical immortality, signifies the respect to cherish that most Philosophical of quests, the struggle with Existential conundrum and anxiety, as meaningfully valuable and significant, yes, perhaps even forever. Death is no answer, death only silences abruptly, the very discourse. Death is a tyrant, not a sage!
     
    As the saying goes, long childhoods are natural, and very long childhoods are civilized. And as shall be seen, the same might be said of adolescence! For the overthrow of biological destiny has scarcely begun: In the near future, eradication of unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease is complete. Health is secure, and prospective parents must first agree before naturally conceiving. Moreover, aging and metabolic problems such as obesity and all of its complications, will also be things of the past. In the future, everyone is forever young, slim and fuckable! But sex or perhaps more properly: Eros, as any part of life as we know it, can never be safe from the greatest motivating fantasy of all, the greatest yearning, temptation and stark terror of the human condition, which are all one and the same: the emotions and experience of intimacy. Thus, in the vastness of centuries unfolding, there will be no escaping real character development and growth. Or at the risk of becoming mawkish, to quote the Robert Heinlein book title: 'Time Enough for Love.'
     
    And growth may be regrettably perceived as threatening to integrity. We self identify not only with our highest virtues and values, but alas, all too often with so many flaws and limitations, even the most silly and superficial of eccentricities, and just such delusion of ingrained low self esteem can hold us back from overcoming them, even when opportunity arises. Clinging to self identification as mortal, even in the dawning of better options, is only an example of exactly such self destruction.
     
    Vocational Rehabilitation grounded in Theatrical Coaching, must not only circumvent, Behaviorally, but at all address, Psychodynamically, just such identity fixations. Facetious as it may sound, clients are encouraged to think of themselves not as stutterers, but as perfectly eloquent speakers who stutter, not as poor people, but as millionaires without their fortunes, and so on. In this way, it is hoped that progress in overcoming their problems will then harmonize egosyntonically and cease to be egodystonic, clashing with self image and ideals. And in our times, amid the ongoing overthrow of biological destiny, there may be found good reason even for identifying as Transhuman and perceiving ourselves as futuristic immortals burdened with a congenital affliction of throwbacks, to whit: aging, soon fatal if not properly treated. From that standpoint, Radical Life Extension research, with Cryonics as interim fall back, no longer seems half so weird at all, but indeed, the most obvious common sense and long overdue. 
     
    The quest for truth, like progress, is never ending. Likewise, we ourselves are perpetually unfinished, always in need of more time. Leonardo da Vinci said: "Art is never finished, only abandoned." Life however, consisting of the greatest of arts, Philosophy and self-work, that can never finish, nevertheless must never simply be abandoned, either. Life, for the individual no less than the entire civilization, is not being but becoming, and therefore requires no conclusion in death. Not anymore than time itself must yearn for definition by finally ever running out. Nothing can be more natural than eternity itself. Immortality then, is nothing unnatural, but actually perpetuation of the greatest conceivable harmony with nature which is nothing more or less than the global condition of incessant relentless evolution.
     
    Society will also continue to reorganize itself to better address individual social needs in combating boredom and loneliness. Four project proposals to such ends are presented here on FoolQuest.com: Creativity Should be Social strives to address creativity as a neglected and underserved social impulse, the concept of Planet Frolic explores more playful and stimulating alternative to dreary modern mass market recreation, Automated Network Sociometry advocates sophisticated profiling and matching for bringing together and better socially embedding highly compatible people, both in personal connections and relationships and in social circles and groups, while CliqueBusters offers the most radical known though non violent approach to combat pandemic bullying, most malignant among stumbling blocks in the pursuit of happiness.
     
     
     
    Why will the future want us back?
    Why such pessimism?
     
    Will the Cryonics community fade from history? Will the cryonaughts really have no advocates? If we could actually recover time travelling refugees from our own history, wouldn't we jump at the chance? (-much as we would, to contact alien life or awaken sapience in animals or machines...) Let us hope for a future that understands that we are all only as strong as our weakest link, and that this is why a society is to be judged by how they treat the most helpless strangers. It won't be expensive in Robotopia, the automated and affluent leisure society where everything will be free! When Cryonic Suspension is standard in emergency escape procedures, will they actually discriminate against the pioneers thereof?
     
    Culture shock worse than death? Really? If indeed such a terrible disorientation will be anticipated for the returnees to life, and their reanimation is therefore put off for a while so as to take the time in order better to smooth their path, that might not be so terrible. What need of Draconian remedies? Why expect the worst? What support thereof, except 1) the most cynical expectations of human nature, even into the future, and 2) the most cynical assessment of our own enduring worth, to wit: survivor guilt? In the words of Samuel Johnson: “Nothing [...] will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.” What is there in such effete cynicism as under consideration here, that actually deserves serious consideration? For one thing, that not enough has been done to assure the best future. But it never has been. And that not enough is being done in the crafting of lasting institutions, in order to establish and secure the practice of Cryonics. And this is the primary concern of the present work. At any rate, a society that chooses to rescue and reanimate the cryonozed patients, will be a decent and evolved society that values life and respects the individual. And there are just such optimistic futuring scenarios actually supportable by science and the analysis of trends. 
     
     
     
    Fear based?
    terror management theory
    “Death, it turns out, is the mother of all conflicts.”   Mark Z. Danielewski, One Rainy Day in May
     
    Are such gloomy Deathist predictions of eternal ennui testable and scientific? What would be the conditions of refutation? Obviously, there are too many variables. There is no guarantee of happiness or unhappiness alike, in life, even for the moment, much less enduring indefinitely. Paradoxically, it is not uncommon simultaneously to have too much time on ones hands, and yet never enough time. Time weighing upon the individual, passes. But time running out, only ends forever. Better too much than too little! in the famous words of Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr: "The more things change, the more they remain the same." To wit: The hardest part of life is living. That will remain constant, even without death. In the short story 'The Immortal' by Jorge Luis Borges, the unnamed protagonist proffers the illustration of an immortal dog. An immortal dog would not even understand that it was immortal, much less fuss about it the way that Borges does. Whatever found satisfactory in the life of an immortal dog, would so remain and endure. It has frequently been observed how in so many ways, dogs can be so much more sensible than human beings. Dogs seldom complain of Existential angst. Of course, human needs change and advance over time, but such is growth. What other council could an immortal Ecclesiastes offer us but: Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we shall live! Happiness and quality of life are enduringly great and worthy challenges, and the primary focus of FoolQuest.com Deathism is just cowardly and Draconian. Yet they find the temerity to denigrate Cryonics as fear-based! But what does that even mean?
     
    In the words of Arthur Schopenhauer: “A man must swallow a toad every morning to be sure of not meeting with anything more disgusting in the day ahead.” Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, mocked, shunned and reviled for the sheer audacity to order his medical students to wash the putrid smell of cadaver dissection off from their hands before delivering newborns (policy that he corroborated in clinical trials), ended his days confined to a lunatic asylum and brutalized. To this day, one way or another, medicine often actually endangers the public. But even entirely life saving medicine can be thoroughly disgusting. And there can always be too much of a good thing. Indeed, there is such a thing as excessive cleanliness. One not only be coddled from every risk in life and every provocative idea, but one can be overprotected even in anything so crucial and fundamental as hygienic sanitation. Without any exposure at all, no immunity or tolerance can develop. This is the cause of peanut allergy. And the new cure, is the ingestion of intestinal worms! A species that does not colonize the intestines, is used, so that they will simply be excreted in due course. But there is worse: The most effective treatment for debilitating Clostridium difficile intestinal infection, is an enema of a healthy person's stool, in order to restore symbiotic bacteria killed off as collateral damage from antibiotics. For some, fecal transplants are available medically under sterile conditions, but others who do not have such access, feel that they must resort to DIY at home. And just imagine the smell! But for truly raising one's hackles, leave us not forget how disinfected medical grade maggots are used in biodebridement for cleaning wounds of necrotized and infected tissue, even of gangrene, even thereby forestalling amputation.
     
    And yet, what is there more rightly disgusting than death, no matter how we try to clean it up or dress it up? Alas, it does no good trying to ignore mortality, rightly terrifying as the truth may be. After all, for all out sophistication and aspiration, we are still made of meat. And meat is perishable. Many find Cryonics repugnant. What, are the other more standard burial practices so much more wholesome and appealing? Mortuaries are professionals who help ceremonialize bereavement and terror management, but behind the scenes, after the the mourners have all gone home, mortuaries are sanitation engineers engaged in waste disposal, sparing the rest of us from the ugliness of what nature has in store, as expendable and replaceable. Whereas, Cryonicists, even more so than abortionists, are real heroes often left to their own devices in contending with great adversity and even persecution, compassionate and ever vigilant care givers building a future that can embrace our loved ones as entirely worthy to live.
     
    Aversions are hygienic desires, desires not. And in every positive desire there are implicit aversions. Fear of death is the obverse corollary of desire to live, to survive. Fear of death, though aversive, is valuable, extremely beneficial and moreover, not at all ego alien but egosyntonic: entirely honest and true to oneself. Why then would anyone seek to overcome it? Answer in short: denial.
     
    As Ecclesiastes observes even in antiquity, despite how the dead cannot suffer, mortality remains a tremendous and incessant suffering and horror. "More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must die the worm at the core” of the human condition" motivating such pervasive denial simply in order to cope with Existential terror and anxiety. Sigmund Freud, the founder of Psychoanalysis, classified religion under “obsessional neurosis”, suggesting that a belief in a God was the result of an “immature infantile helplessness” to then seek comfort in the fantasy of an omnipotent protector. All manner of variant individual and cultural coping mechanisms are catalogued as motivated by terror management. The terror referenced in the very appellation: terror management, is specifically the terror of death. Indeed, Deathism is nothing more than the apologetics. But people individually and in concert can be similarly panicked by far lesser threats, especially to cultural survival or other coping methods and legacy beyond individual death. So many circumstances can even loom as fearful as death itself. According to terror management theory, sublimation of the debilitating inner conflict between the drive to survive with the knowledge of mortality, shapes all human cultures, character and endeavor in quest of meaning, value and self-esteem. Shared denial is reassuring and attractive, while variation thereof raises threatening doubt. Jeff Greenberg, Sheldon Solomon and Tom Pyszczynski, the grandfathers of terror management theory, have experimentally corroborated how reminders of death, more overt or more subliminal, increase both Xenophobia and Moralism in expression and behavior. Indeed experimentally, conscious and unconscious bigoted aversion, both Xenophobia and prudish Moralism, can be triggered by the elicitation of thoughts of mortality. But as shall be seen, values of reason, tolerance and democracy drastically help abate intolerance, and even the more so in the face of death.
    The future as well as the past, is even conceived of as belonging to an eternal now, beyond transience and duration, wherein space-time abides as a seamless whole. The concept originates in a certain Mystically expansive sense of the timeless, of Eternity being an enduring theme of divination with origins in Mystical and religious experiences often as achieved in meditation and prayer by the inwardly focused suppression of spatiotemporal coordination in the superior parietal lobe, a strategy of innate terror management, a neurological denial and coping mechanism evolved in defense from the dreadful eventuality of death and consciousness irreversibly extinguished. Indeed, it was the ambient preconscious timelessness of the mythic Astral Plane that gave rise in the fertile mind of Science Fiction pioneer HG Wells, instead, to the revolutionary Ontology of time frame as an actual fourth physical dimension, for Einstein later to build upon the paradoxical Lorenz Equations, and even, though not to digress, the very concept of time travel.
     
    “Attending a funeral would leave the average person insane, if they truly believed that sooner or later they are also going to die.” opines Mokokoma Mokhonoana. But that is precisely what happens. Most common and rudimentary of terror management strategies is utter denial arising from sheer conflict aversion, not just to interpersonal conflict, but conflict with uncongenial circumstances and even with ambivalence, inner conflict. Thence the most rudimental tactics of just putting on blinders, are procrastination, putting out of mind what is still distant, followed by resignation to what has slowly become imminent. In short: suicidal depression. It doesn't help for very long, but then, it doesn't have to. Such irrelevant refinements of lying to oneself in dishonest subjective coping at the expense of objectively real survival, is an example in psychology, of the integrative yet declining terminal normative phase in the lifecycle of all manner of complex systems, ending in death without rebirth.
     
    We know what happens when culturally reinforced self deception is allowed to compromise the very will to live: Scapegoating is the inevitable result. Reminders of mortality among other threats, increase susceptibility to anxiety, and therefore also in-group support and worldview defense. Terror management, the syndromes of coping with dread of mortality so foundational to all human culture, inspire approval towards the likeminded who bolster the sense of membership in communal terror management, and resentment of outsiders whose sense of membership in conflicting communal terror management, challenges, casts doubt upon and threatens ones own sense of membership in communal terror management. No wonder then, that in psychological experiments, that shameful survivor guilt ridden terror management strategies of Existential bad faith and denial, are found to bring thoughts of death to inspire either or both punitive prudish judgmental Moralism and irrationally virulent Xenophobia. Indeed, in the words of Mokokoma Mokhonoana: “Other than the promise of life after death, nothing consoles the poor better than the fact that rich people are also subject to death.”
    Thence arises the internalization of tyranny that actually rejects non zero-sum win-win solutions, particularly in economics. It is the internalization of tyranny that inspires the endless cycle of of sacrifice and mortification. Sacrifice here refers to self sacrifice individually and collectively, in whatever common cause, and mortification refers to losses extracted from other individuals of groups, their very existence challenging whatever prevailing rightthink, all likewise in the name of whatever greater good. Such is the result.
     
    But membership in communal terror management also demands adherence to values which can include tolerance, democracy and even Eros that is the quest for completion and transformation via the oft frustrated desire for connection, liberating union with alien difference, all counteracting fearful intolerance against those who think differently. Either way, because of innate survival drives and the love of life, it is really death which is actually so abhorrent. Awareness of death can inspire proactive self preservation. While the tragedy of bereavement is also known to inspire wellsprings compassion. Awareness of death brings out the best and the worst.
     
    One might all therefore turn in hope, to terror management theory, in order to explode all manner of dangerous comforting myths. But only up to a point. Alas, there is an implication in subtext, of terror management strategy, even in the very rhetoric of terror management theory itself: This is because terror management is deemed the prime motive of sublimation behind all of human culture, activity and values, the good and the bad. This is classic trope of Deathist apologetics, the suggestion that death is what drives us and hence is indispensible, and worse, the deeper cynical implication being that nothing else in life can adequatly stir us. Bah, humbug!
     
    Heteronomy, mindless loyalty, ideology and dogmatism, are all collective panic response of terror management, metaphorically circling the proverbial wagons in times of crisis. But then crisis is perpetuated. However, behind it all, the true perpetual Existential crisis has always been death impending. And denial only makes matters worse. Only take death and infirmity off the table, and what will be the ramifications to human consciousness? What does the sheer heteronomy of Deathism really so dread? Peace of mind, the removal of stress and fear, undermines the great crutch of status quo order. More time opens more options which are the very bane of decidophobia. Imagine: Emmortals may finally be able to hear themselves think!
     
    In fairness however, to terror management theory and the claim that all human culture and activity is rooted in terror management, sublimation motivated by the dread of looming oblivion, indeed even Emortalism comes in response to mortality. Emortalism is a plea for sweet reason, compassion and tolerance in the name of proactive survival, because death is what we quite rightly revile and the true enemy of life. And with modern technological advance, we can finally do something about it, if only we can find the courage to overcome thousands of years of coping superstition and finally pull our heads out of the sand. Integrated Recovery is an innovative proposal for needing exactly this noble challenge.
     
    Anything constructive in the paper thin defense of sublimation cannot long endure the agitation of mortality emerging into consciousness. Honest threat and rage in the face of death are only part of Existential honesty, sensemaking and the appropriateness of grief. It's all about who we truly are: The reason why thoughts of death can instead motivate compassion and thence generosity is exactly because the vulnerability arousing from the primal fear of death together with human comprehension of mortality, is corollary to love and the appreciation of life. We owe this not to death, but to the will to live. What then is there more noble and sublime, than the aversion to death and the yearning to bring forth good out of tragedy, indeed optimally? Why endure more than we must? It is important to plan for the worst and for the inevitable. Why taboo and repress when we can take prudent action? Why shy away? Shouldn't we at least investigate?

    Group membership co-validates similar terror management strategy and promises cultural survival, while different competing terror management strategies cast doubt and are therefore reciprocally threatening. And then inflated confidence and denial from lying to oneself inevitably called into question, elicits dystress as the bubble bursts. And to begin with, Cryonics is perhaps the smallest minority view. Even Radical Life Extension research, already has its virulent enemies. But Cryonics is like some alien invader, into our society and culture of terror management. Cryonics is indeed rates very poorly by the traditional infaliblist standards of terror management, because it is the very opposite of traditional terror management. The rationalistic materialism of Cryonics implicitly challenges all denial and Existential bad faith, particularly supernatural claims as of religion, doctrine and delusions of the hereafter. Cryonics implicitly challenges all other such sophistry of Deathism as cataloged and deconstructed herein. And terror management is not just psychological, but a vast and significant social enterprise, challenged by Cryonics even more so than by Radical Life Extension. Cryonics begins from Existential good faith, in the embrace of that synergy of animal terror of death together with human comprehension and time bound anticipation of the future, so unique to the human condition. -and the root of all culture, according to terror management theory... Emortalism is humanistic and tolerant of all in the desire to survive, that so often meets with such approbation as unnaturally selfish. Cryonics is rational proactive investigation and implementation towards survival. Cryonics is a long shot of tantalizing engineering feasibility, with no false assurance of certainty. And that is what demands real hope and attitudinal faith, not doctrine. Take a chance! It's better than none. Cryonics is therefore pro-social. Integrated Recovery is an innovative proposal for maximizing the benefit.

    What then is there that is not howsoever fear based? At least in principle, just as every circumstance while true bars other contradictory circumstances simultaneously, similarly every desire for one thing entails aversion, desire against, towards its contradiction, and conversely, reciprocally, every aversion engenders some desire of some or other range of conceivably contradictory possible states of affairs. Thus, again in principle, the assertion that any plan is fear based, seems nigh tautological Ad Hominem failure of relevance. However, in actuality, impulsive desires and overwhelming terrors alike, often do impair judgment. Nevertheless, judgment is characteristic of people and their decisions, and in action subject to Empirical observation, not intrinsic to motivating objects of desire and aversion. Thus, in Ad Hominem, much as an assertion can only be stupid only in so far as that only a stupid person would believe it, Cryonics be fear based only in so far as people interested or involved may ever fear. And likewise, this will hardly constitute any damning criticism except in so far as whatever howsoever fearfully impaired individual judgment, strategically. Why else fear to be afraid?

    The fear of death can also provoke proactive effort towards survival, to forestall death, and not just passive coping strategies of denial or bad judgment and risk taking. All encouragement in that rational, moral and compassionate direction, very much including Emortalism, helps in defusing the intolerance and violence from denial and terror management. And this is inherently pro-social, rational and compassionate. Emortalism fans the flame of every silver lining in terror management, and stands against the violence and intolerance. Integrated Recovery all the more so.

     

    Integrated Recovery and the promise of real progress in the evolution of better terror management.

    There is no validity for a priori dismissal. Like any other desire or aversion, the wisdom of self preservation can motivate prudent or imprudent judgment and action alike, to be considered case by case. Judgment is over assessment of cost and risk over opportunity and benefit. And Integrated Recovery in particular, is a proposal towards minimizing the cost to the individual for the benefits of cryonics' services, while maximizing benefit to society. Thus there can be no emotion psychologically intrinsic to Cryonics whereby it may be dismissed, a priori. Logistics as can and have been applied to Cryonics, may be relatively sound or unsound as with any other undertaking pr project. Logistical soundness or unsoundness is not intrinsic to the very idea of Clinics in and of itself. Rather, it is bigotry of any sort, regarding Cryonics or anything else, which is intrinsically unserious. Beyond such jaundiced and puerile dismissal, there remains every possibility of Empirical observation in earnest, sociologically and psychologically. But more to the point, it will be only prudent to put aside intellectually and emotionally lazy squeamishness in order to deliberate seriously upon the desirability and feasibility of Cryonics and of Radical Life Extension, as well as whatever ramifications. 

    Besides, returning to the question of Cryonics being fear based, and for that matter, fear of what? -of death, presumably, and whatever that means, by contrast, who is berated for hating oppression? Only perpetrators and sympathizers for whatever brand of oppression condemn the love of freedom and autonomy. As for example, the authorities and apologists in formal education as we know it. But I digress again. What then, is so damnable about fearing death, given simply that one does freely prefer to live after all? How is that any different? It isn't, really. For indeed, it is likewise only the perpetrators and sympathizers of natural status quo, that condemn all struggle in overthrow of biological destiny. Indeed, it only seems sensible, even beneficial, to shrink from annihilation, individually and as a species. And all of this is why, as Camus recommends, let us remain unreconciled with death and indeed, just to go one better, instead to reconcile with the fear of death. There can be no robust love of life, without, as entirely appropriate corollary, an aversion to death called: self preservation. Thrill seekers need to seek out danger in order to feel fully alive. Better not to become so jaded in the first place, but to remain in touch with mortal terror and well motivated to survival, compassion and the eradication of death. All manner of entirely appropriate negative emotions are still of protective value, being as they are, aversive to all manner of harm. Fear of death is the most wonderful thing! Three cheers for the fear of death!

    Or else if Emortalism is accused of being fearful of anything other than death, that, again, would devolve into an Empirical question about any given person or persons interested or involved, and not intrinsic to an idea or to a procedure. Still a fairly silly dismissal!

     

    Can people actually become too miserably ashamed to go on living?

    The Existential crisis of survivor guilt: morbid and unnaturally selfish?

    The case of the self-loathing mortals

    Practical immortality, or: Emortality is a profoundly subversive idea: Objection to Cryonics is frequently predicated upon the risk and the expense, but also cynical doubt as regards to progress in very principle, and fear of all that the future may bring. As Mike Darwin points out in Part I of ‘Cryonics An Historical Failure Analysis, Cryonics is inherently disruptive. Cryonics and the tantalizing though uncertain prospects of delayed resuscitation and reanimation, by the very hope offered, extend the strain and dystress of uncertainty and anxiety over life threatening illness into that of cryonic suspension, eliminating the closure and finality of death (of course barring, if ever, whatever any conceivable future prospect of retrograde time travel).

    A taboo is different from an explicit prohibition that can be examined and challenged, because what is taboo is an unspoken injunction against even speaking of whatever is so taboo. Indeed, there are even forbidden thoughts. Unspoken expectations of taboo are detrimental to transparency and open agenda setting. Items barred from open agenda become Transactionally ulterior malagenda. Taboo evokes crimestop demanding the rejection by silent neglect, of interesting and important matters. Taboo is unspoken injunction against even speaking of whatever is so taboo. Indeed, as taboo an expression of sych ambivalence, there are even forbidden thoughts. Taboo is challenged by setting an open agenda in direct violation of whatever said taboo. But arguing with people who can't think straight and won't say what they really men, is frustrating. They seem like fools, not to be suffered gladly. But Mike Darwin discoursing upon THE INHERENTLY DISRUPTIVE CHARACTER OF CRYONICS in Part I of Cryonics An Historical Failure Analysis cuts to the core of all that is unsaid, indeed obfuscated by Deathism, which as shall be seen, is such diversionary hysteria.

    Even beyond terror management to begin with, there is good reason here, for the heteronymous fear of upsetting the social order: Cryonics disrupts every conventional cultural and psychological defense mechanism in the face of impending bereavement. Moreover, unlike the dead and buried beyond all further harm, helpless and vulnerable cryonized corpsicles, like unto the mummified Pharaohs of antiquity, require indefinite care, vigilance and protection, and as history shows, very possibly ultimately unreliable. The logistical challenges and responsibilities therefore must be fulfilled in order to achieve any safety at all of true practicality and real hope out from sheer engineering feasibility in principle.
    And perhaps worst of all, those who act and make the needed preparations in order to save themselves, may reflect in even consuming remorse and Existential despair, upon their failure to act sooner and more aggressively in order to save loved ones already dead without benefit of cryopreservation. But then, rightly or wrongly, we already feel much that same remorse, collectively, over the long overdue elimination of deadly oppression, war and famine, don't we? - feelings that we all hold in check, all the time. Not to mention how the overthrow of biological destiny as manifest in reproductive choice, has already promoted such great cultural upheaval, never mind what is to come from Radical Life Extension, the eradication of aging and natural death into the space age!
     
    It is hoped that the new business model of Integrated Recovery could be just the thing to address syndromes of anxiety, Existential despair and survivor guilt, and finally get more people off the fence about both Cryonics and post mortem cadaverous donation!
     
    In the time honored tradition of all patronizing and pandering propagandistic Gothic Morality Play of monster movies and the like, no good ever comes from the hubris of defying death! "Know thy place" -obey and die!- is the imperative of heteronomy, assuaging the burden freedom, as it is called, being no less than Existential envy of God because of such excruciating inadequacy in very principle with human imperfection, decidophobia, the terror less of risk in and of itself, or even of opportunity, than of responsibility at all in the face of uncertainty. The remoteness of survival via future technology, to so many just makes any distant opportunity for Emortality seem a small sacrifice to ward off such acute personal agony of decidophobia in the short term. Hence, conversely, the very notion of practical immortality achieved by technological advance, may serve as the crux of personal Existential reevaluation and improved autonomy. Deathism, the set of attitudes with or without supporting beliefs, such as that glorifies or at least accepts death and rejects or even despises immortality, typically argues that the elimination of death is impossible, unnecessary because of the hereafter (religion), and otherwise anyhow not so bad, even wonderfully good. Admittedly, death is indeed natural, but what of it? Absurd shit happens! Nature is Hobbesian: All manner of terrible events that we seek to prevent or to remedy are after all, only natural. What of it?
     
    Procreation and memoirs are among the commonly extolled alternatives to simply not dying. All fine things as those may be in each their own right, obviously such are just not actually equivalent to survival of individual consciousness, but somewhat patronizingly transparent bait-and-switchThe drive for procreation and the notion of living on through ones offspring, are often referenced for implying by unsubstantiated invited inference but not valid logical inference, of the twisted purported moral but actually only Moralistic imperative of dying in order to make way for the next generation, without question or critical evaluation of in actuality whatever necessity (incidentally quite refutable), indeed as further implied by implication in turn, that procreation quite naturally and so completely satisfies survival, as quite to obviate individual personal survival drives, or more pointedly but even less explicitly, that it somehow ought to. But all of that seems scarcely any kinder or more rational than defending violence and oppression as, after all, natural impulses.
     

    “I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.  Woody Allen 

     

    So perhaps it is the seeming sheer individualistic selfishness of self preservation against nature, misguided Deathist exhortation to veritable passive mass agathusia (benevolent suicide) that brands both Cryonics and Radical Life Extension as so odious in the often Ludite and heteronymous public perception, all as endemic to the Moralistic formula of mortification embracing both the putative virtue of self sacrifice and the impulse to blame and punish others, along with the pervasive failure of imagination that accepts the current limitations of artificial scarcity of resources and ignores better non zero-sum alternatives.
     
    The last ditch strategy towards the self-loathing and misguidedly yearned for but impossible and unattainable return to innocence and a clean slate, requires not only successive generations of the newborn, but the investment of self sacrifice and ultimate measure of heteronymous faith and devotion manifest in aging, fading away, perishing and making way for successive new generations, the hope of the future. -Indeed, an ultimate self sacrifice coming actually at no real additional sacrifice, but only given sour grapes and resignation to aging and death as natural and inevitable.
     
    After all, any prejudice such as Racism or Sexism never stands out but actually fades from notice within the bigoted milieu or setting, and it is much the same with Deathism here and now. Indeed, the uncertain and anxiety of personal autonomy at all is typically made to seem a small sacrifice in exchange for whatever peace of mind promised by heteronomy whereby at the same time, every effort is made to assure continuity and tradition, even in perpetuation of the fatalistic terminal fanaticism that is Deathism.
     
    So one can see then, how any prospect of Practical Immortality by Radical Life Extension, let alone actually reversing even clinical death itself by means of delayed resuscitation and reanimation out from Cryonic Suspension, might tend to threaten and upset the entire carefully constructed rationalization and adaption of reaction formation. Therefore the proposed strategy of optional universal coverage for Cryonic Neurosuspension (or perhaps neuroplasination?) under Integrated Recovery, re-appropriates the same redemptive formula in a manner that instead resolves its core ambivalence.
     
    The most common indictment against the prospect of Radical Life extension and the prospect of eliminating death from aging, is as likewise against Cryonics, of unnatural selfishness in the face of limited resources to be shared by all.
     
    But actually, it is aging that already presents such a tremendous drain upon the resources of society. And it is only getting worse, as the aging population grows. Indeed, the massive population of the baby boomers is entering into old age, and the imminent projected logistical and economic burden will be significant to put it mildly. Therefore, in truth, far from a burden upon scarce resources due to the increased population, in the eradication of aging, the sooner the better, is actually projected tremendous healthcare and other savings, especial as currently incurred during the final year or so, of the most awful, medically expensive and generally wretched suffering declining years of life into the looming ever nearer horror of death. Research is so underfunded, but finally there is any glimmer of serious funding because at long last, consciousness is rising, that the best way to treat all the various different maladies and infirmities symptomic of the epidemic pervasive degenerative condition called: aging, perhaps even Alzheimer's, will be actually once and for all, to reach to the root of the problem and treat aging itself.
     
    Moreover, the problem of resources to begin with, remains that of vast inefficiency of so many kinds, not of demand to begin with. And with or without a regular death rate, as per what Thomas Malthus actually said, the aim of population control remains that of simply restraining the rate of population increase to remain within the rate of production increase. And the most effective means thereof has actually been in raising the standards of living. Indeed, with the extension and even perpetuation of youth, productivity, health and fertility, many people will naturally and responsibly tend to put off procreation first in favor of other desires and ambitions and also in order first to optimize circumstances for planned parenthood and best child rearing.
     
    Aside from logistical misunderstanding of the threat of overpopulation, other even more feeble arguments against Cryonics and Radical Life Extension often begin from current medical and technological limitations of the very kind that will obviously have been overcome long before delayed resuscitation and reanimation out from Cryonic Suspension will ever come to pass. For prime example, the pointlessness of reviving and curing the terminally decrepit, doomed to suffer and quickly die all over again. But the Tithonus Error makes for a silly retort, typically impatient and deaf to all explanation that Radical Life Extension and the aging cure, looming as it does upon the horizon of current scientific progress, is after all far closer to realization than delayed resuscitation and reanimation out from Cryonic Suspension. Therefore, obviously, just as, if all goes well, reanimation would be for purposes of then curing whatever killed the patient to begin with, likewise a cryonized patient would be returned not only to life, but to full youthful vigor rather than merely resuming decrepitude and decline, even eternally.
     
    In all fairness, there is simply no comparing the ordinary and reasonable selfishness any understandable and sympathetic human fear or desire with, for example, and despite nigh exponential inequality to begin with, the level of sheer amoral cleptocratic greed and fraud on such a scale as to continually undermine and threaten global finance. Indeed even such blatant greed aside, there is all manner of outrageous and endemic bureaucratic, military and other wasteful inefficiency on the most massive scale, routinely. Indeed, Buckminster Fuller famously estimated, if anything perhaps too generously, that the world is running fifteen percent efficient. And that's assuming only limited Terrestrial resources and ignoring the vast untapped riches off world and in the deep oceans. Therefore, demonizing Cryonics and even Radical Life Extension, hysteria over the burden of the resources to be consumed by an individual at all less than eager simply to simply roll over, die and make way, is surely as hypocritical, bigoted and intolerant scapegoating as similarly castigating the sick, the poor and the unemployed.
     
    If anything would highlight the obvious desirability of contingencies of Cryonic Suspension, let alone provision of Radical Life Extension, imagine in a Science Fiction story set in a world where either are common place and available to all, the plight of some unfortunate barred from either as any sort of a punishment or discrimination or howsoever whatever unfortunate circumstances or situation.
     
    Indeed, the true anxiety of uncertainty regarding Cryonics, is not in scientific validity of engineering feasibility, but in the building of trust with the rest of humanity to see things through and follow up on behalf of the helpless corpsicles, ironically, the age old fear, all the more, of becoming forever forgotten after death and disappearing completely. Indeed, will the future want us, no matter what one has to contribute, especially to history? After all, our planet, still skirting the edge of ecological disaster, remains embroiled in genocidal oppression and destitution even amid unprecedented affluence. All of which makes raising awareness of the prospect of cheep access to outer space not as some cultural luxury, but crucial to our survival and prosperity, most urgent. But Radical Life Extension research labors in obscurity and Cryonics isn't even on the radar as a priority at all!
     
    Yet we may yet choose to embrace reality not in despair, but as a spur to understand the logistical challenge and striving of Cryonics as inextricable from humanism and the effort towards a kinder and more rational world, an extra nice place where policies of brutal and draconian triage are no longer perpetuated in normalization of deviance, and no one is ever simply abandoned helpless to their fate while their is still recourse. And Integrated Recovery is a proposed implementation strategy from that desire.
     
    “Fear's job is to enhance my preparedness, not stop my progress.  Steve Maraboli
     
    Therefore while it remains all the more disheartening to witness such blithely ubiquitous disrespect towards the individualism and responsible autonomy demonstrated even in looking into Cryonics for oneself and ones loved ones, nevertheless, embrace of the values of reciprocity, give and take, the ideals of social entrepreneurship: doing well by doing good, all as epitomized in the concept of Integrated Recovery, which also addresses the the financial and logistical barriers and inconvenience, can be no less welcome. Therefore, let the dire Necromancy of Cryonics, after all the only true hope of resurrection barring time travel technology, join with our routine vampirism of blood transfusion and the sheer commonplace Frankenscience of organ transplantation, in the respectability of good will and reciprocity within the human family
     
     
     
     
    Nihilism and Patronizing Moralistic Sour Grapes
     
    Of course, if our fable as according to the above Science Fiction plotline, where instead to be themed as typical contrived and sentimental hack Deathist pandering propaganda, then one might well expect to be exhorted to believe how the protagonist comes to appreciate death, and thereby rises spiritually above the healthy long-lived Utopia now standing unmasked as an unnatural and effete Dystopia! 
     
    “The nature of a novel is that it has no opinions, only the dialectic of contrary views, some of which, all of which, may be untenable and even silly.”
     — Anthony Burgess  
     
    Though in the Hebrew Testament, is it so lovely writ, how Abraham died, satiated with days. And not to be outdone, various fictional characters in tropic Deathist propaganda pandering, have committed suicide or submitted themselves to euthanasia, right on schedule, brimming with life satisfaction! In reality however, rising expectations in health care, in life span, in sheer yearning for invulnerability, have continually raised expectations. Yes, even while strictly Hedonic pleasure fully met may be  to result in satiation, rising expectations fuel even the will to continue living. How frustrating! -For Deathist apologetics.
     
    If indeed happiness is contentment, then no moment of truly excellent circumstances could ever become burdensome, much less terminally so, even extended unto eternity, or for that matter, unworthy of pursuit. Because, actually, happiness is not contentment: The creative stimulus of fully engaged challenge is the remedy to boredom amid all too quickly familiar, accustomed and habituated modern safety and comfort free from the suffering of violence and danger.
     
    Nirvana Principle dictates the reduction of needs and desires in order to reduce suffering, but to the contrary, there can be no fulfillment without appetite, and unfulfillment tends to be dystressfull. In truth, Nihilism is itself futile, only the more Absurd. But if nothing matters, then how can anything be upsetting? Well, maybe it oughtn't, abstractly, but as G. E. Moore said: "You can't get an is from an ought." Actually, psychologically, not ataraxia (ἀταραξία), the tranquility of detached (or: nonattached) sublime apathy, but mounting and severe depression, soon accrues from just giving up. Any relief from surrender is transitory. Or to put it succinctly, Nihilism is only a rationalizing expression of severe depression. After all, apathy is really no less arbitrary than any desire or aversion. The Nihilistic value-destruction of Deathism, argues that life doesn’t matter, or life matters only while one lives and cares about anything, and therefore death doesn't matter, long term survival doesn't matter (or is "unnecessary"), species and cultural survival don't matter: The prospect of extinction "is not tragic". All of this just doesn't sound bleak, it is
    Actually in opposition to Emortalism advocating and striving for practical immortality, Deathism, again, is the name given to the morbid glorification of death as actually something necessary, not so bad, or even very good. So good we gotta share! The condemnation of practical immortality is at least a qualified condemnation of life. But such qualification is ultimately disingenuous. For in order so to condemn life, one must condemn the human condition, either situationally or by condemning human nature, or else resolve that human character and circumstances are always intrinsically and irresolvable mismatched, for everyone, and always will be. Indeed, in order to reject practical immortality, without utterly and openly condemning life to begin with, it must be resolved both that no value endures, and that there is nowhere to go from there. -both eternal verité and progress must be discredited forever. And if that is not Nihilism, then what is?
    Struggle with adversity is an aspect of human nature. Any struggle may be impractical and untenable, but only ambivalence is inherently futile. Respect for human dignity inevitably glorifies struggle, as adversity is nigh universal, situationally. Whereas, hardcore Nihilism condemns even hope itself. Hope is the trust that change for the better is even conceivable, that progress, observable historically and even in current events, may continue and flourish. And there is Camus recommendation in confronting the Absurd.

    But if the blame is to be placed upon human nature, no matter how much better conditions of life have become or ever will, there is still
    bio-happiness, the optimistic condemnation of human nature, embracing the prospect of even subtly changing the very brain as needed in order thereby to secure bio-happiness without obvious significant tradeoffs in function and sanity! The irony is whether bio-happiness will be threatening as invasive to individual integrity of identity, remains an Axiological question. The Bio-Utopian defense of bio-happiness is that with future medicine, capable intervention, both subtle and balanced, will respect and preserve identity. The sustained objection to bio-happiness
    arises from the unforeseeability of consequences of intervention in complex systems, and also from affirmation of human nature, rejecting instead the Nihilistic value-destruction inherent to the myth of Endogeny. -Instead embracing the appropriateness of grief. Because happiness is a reactive state variable to changeable circumstances that can be improved. As G. E. Moore contends, pleasure is only the second order desire, an indicator pursuant to whatever perceived and understood good, attainment or achievement whereof being the first order desire, and likewise avoidance of pain is only the second order fear or aversive desire, an indicator pursuant to whatever perceived and understood evil, avoidance thereof being first order desire.
     
    Intervention in to the brain is therefore not appropriate indicated treatment. But if indeed Nihilistic neurochemical Reductionism ever turns out to be true, and reactive happiness is inherently impossible, then perhaps bio-happiness may be proffered as any less Draconian in treatment for thehuman condition than death.
    WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH - and leave us not forget: Death is glorious Life Eternal! The first rule of propaganda pandering, is that anything can most readily be either glamorized or vilified, formulaically, so that vivid illustration will seem like convincing demonstration. After all, seeing is believing, as the old platitude goes, but ultimately, it is the mind and not the eye that sees. Never mind what history really teaches us. In the vivid pandering of unfettered propaganda fantasy that pretends all manner of daring and provocative perspective, slaves can be happy, totalitarianism efficient and even wild sex a real drag, until the protagonist finds God! Even life and survival can be made wearisome and disgusting, heightened and ecstatic only by the thrill of self destruction, so that death itself may be extolled as transcendent and beatific release from all cares and woe, indeed in ultimate crowning fulfillment of the Zen Mystic's quest for futility, committed sacrifice making way for return to innocence in generations to come.
     
    Epicurus insists, that "death is nothing to us," a contention handily refuted by considering, as G. E. Moore contends, how desires are not merely for subjective pleasure, but for whatever object or conditions, objectively as may be signified as pleasurable. Indeed, the abstract nature of desires transcends Pleasure Principle of individual Empirically immediate perceivable experienced gratification, particularly even such desires as altruistically pertain to consideration and anticipation of circumstances after one's own death, as in by writing a will. The supposed harmlessness of death, death being void and therefore painless, is Relativism, an argument from subjectivity exclusively. But the requisite innocence for such a narrow perspective, is vastly overrated. Indeed, when Socrates famously muses that the oblivion after death can be no worse after all, than the oblivion before birth, even Mystical overtimes aside, such is merely rationalizing attachment disordered Psychotic pragmatism in bad faith denial of emotional motivation, via the Nihilistic value destruction that is Nirvana Principle, being the misanthropic ideal of the reduction or elimination of human needs and drives, all ubiquitous themes also of Zen Ecclesiastical futility. We are to be consoled that the proverbial glass is metaphorically half full rather than half empty, or as Kurt Vonnegut Jr. would have it, take gratitude because most mud never got to sit up! But sour grapes and Deathist rationalization for resignation and satisfice be damned! Indeed, it's likely that the entire narrative of the last day of Socrates was just artful propaganda to salvage the reputation and credibility of the routed followers of Socrates who failed even to rescue their esteemed and beloved mentor from execution.
     
    Yet the very prospect of living longer, may even be seen to escalate the very problem of suffering, dissatisfaction and lonely unhappiness, and of ever setting any limits of sheer endurance thereto, the ultimate worthiness of life and the comfort of an eventual release in death. For in rejection of nature's reliable and Draconian remedy, can there truly never be any more desirable alternative? It is argued that death provides definition, the very sort of predictable boundaries from which the randomness of gambling pastimes are extolled as Existential remedy. In truth, neither irresponsible recommendation is any less decidiphobic of fateful free choice and the perceived burden of liberty. Life is enough of a gamble within boundaries, no matter what. And no moment of truly excellent circumstances could ever become burdensome, even extended unto eternity, or unworthy of pursuit. In the words of R.M. Perry, Ph.D.: The individual ought to endure - for a life rightly lived is never rightly ended.  
     
    "More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must diethe worm at the core” of the human condition" motivating such pervasive denial simply in order to cope. The trite observation of movement in cycles, the transitory nature of all phenomena, that death is natural, is narrow-minded popular platitude du jour, as if everything natural is therefore good or fixed and unchangeable, or that the long and leisurely geological cycles and the quick life in a day of a mayfly, are all much the same in consequence and personal desirability. Mortality of course, is neither good nor fixed. Deathism, then, is cowardly luzerly closed minded and stubborn and depressive failure of imagination that insults the intelligence! -As Nietzsche might say: Nothing so profound, indeed not even shallow! In truth, can the myriad conceivable alternatives even be listed exhaustively? Outside of myth and fable, looking to mortality for consolation is no trade that anyone ever really agreed to in advance, but merely the kneejerk of making graceful virtue of necessity afterwards; indeed the ironic ultimate in sour grapes, considering the oppressive morbid sense of Ecclesiastical futility that looming death has always inspired in the first place. Indeed, even though death is well recognized among the roots of Existential depression in the human condition, nevertheless death itself is still generally simply accepted as inevitable while the practice of Cryonics and research into Radical Life Extension, either no matter how rational, remain not merely uncertain, expensive and inconvenient, but perhaps worse: abstract and intangible.
     
    Although, in the alternative, what remains so popular are the most nebulous abstraction of sophistry in place of the outright Fairy Tales of Mysticism, religion and the hereafter! And yet, in truth, only continued individual survival by whatever means can bring the otherwise somewhat abstract and selflessly altruistic promise of future generations within personal reach, by sharing rather than vacating the world of tomorrow. Immortality meaningless? Sour grapes indeed!  Survivor guilt remains the true obstacle. And Integrated Recovery is the answer.
     
    In truth, what is attendant upon the appropriateness of grief, suffering that persists with whatever the injurious cause thereof, therefore valued as useful, even howsoever aversive, as often highly beneficial and meaningful motivation, is the impulse of expression, a desire no less that such relief cannot actually be called pleasurable. That and the yearning for understanding. Psychodynamically, most of the kind of people to whatever degree actually finding themselves veritably hanging on by their proverbial fingernails, teeth clenched only waiting for death, adamantly refuse to be honest with themselves about their dismal life strategy. For such abide so shamefully pent up in denial, and death will only rob them of any last chance for the only release they truly need in order to more wholeheartedly pursue anything better, that of expression met with understanding. There is no self salvation, no dignified exit. Barring intolerable suffering with no hope to give any reasonable point in delaying the inevitable, suicide only comes from dispirited self pity filling that void of yearned for expression met with understanding. And even the latter case of the worst suffering, may nevertheless actually be the more motivated by the sheer crushingly lonely sense of isolation because no one seems to comprehend their extreme plight, than by the relief from any other and more palpable adversity. Alas, death may often be a release more for onlookers who really can't be bothered, those malignant angels of death. For again, in the words of Simone Weil: “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” 
     
    Perhaps the fear of unending life, is the fear of an eternity of life's anxiety, with no anticipation of final rest and release. Thus the remedy for fear of life, is better optimism in the prospect of growth and resolution of anxieties at all. The fear of practical immortality, then, is the fear of inevitable and needed change. And all the rhetorical apologetics shielding this truth is nothing more than dishonest Existential bad faith.
     

    “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”

    Anaïs Nin

     
    The phrase: "sour grapes" is an expression originating from 'The Fox and the Grapes,' one of Aesop's Fables, and refers to the strategy of denial and even howsoever thinly masking of frustration and disappointment, by the evincing of unconcern for anything actually desired but lacking or even unattainable and just out of reach, much like those proverbial grapes so irksomely tantalizing the fox. Ironically, the habitual guile of the fox here is futile, and we must imagine, of slim consolation even to him. A common tragic theme in real life no less than in drama, is failure to attain ones heart's desire, for fear of even trying and failing or meeting with rejection or perhaps worse, eliciting the envious scorn and retribution of controlling bullies for reaching beyond ones station in life or dating out of your league. -And therefore even worse, denial and suppression of the very motivating desire, for fear of the sadness and frustration, or of standing out and never fitting in.
     
    And indeed such rationalized defeat, though once understandable given the formerly intractable human condition of inevitable mortality from time immemorial, may, indeed all to often does, even remain entrenched and ingrained beyond whatever initiating circumstances of such long standing frustration and disappointment. Consider that were gasoline introduced nowadays as a new technology, it would most certainly be rejected flatly as explosively unsafe, let alone environmentally unfriendly. But as things stand, internal combustion technology has long been grandfathered to us, so to speak. In Engineering, all such as above learned helplessness into sins of omission wherein malfunctions simply become accepted, is called: normalization of deviance. Any prejudice such as Racism or Sexism never stands out but actually fades from notice within the bigoted milieu or setting, and it is much the same with Deathism here and now. The Challenger disaster well demonstrated the fools paradise of lowered expectations in the face of standing problems, the unflaggingly exuberant Zen extol of exactly such coping strategies not withstanding. Let us therefore compare different instances sour grapes and consequent normalization of deviance:
     

    Everything that it never occurred to you to ask about

    Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein

     
    Obviously, the following secondary research, though neither peer reviewed nor journal of record, is nevertheless supported by the peer reviewed primary research and journal of record referenced, extensively compiled, cited and hyperlinked, either directly or via other articles and resources online, many including bibliography with hyperlinks. Thus the source information is valid and represents consensus among the pertinent experts, notwithstanding the unfortunate obscurity within science and medicine more widely. Think of this that you read now, as an opening salvo in a vitally important and long neglected public discourse, all from public information, peer reviewed science, though unaccountably remaining so little known.
     
    The intrinsic irresponsibility in the very mandate of the Food and Drug Administration in the United States and similar regulatory agencies around the world notwithstanding, of course caution even towards approved therapies, let alone those as yet unapproved, is only good sense. So how then is the case of Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein so completely different? It is hoped that this will become clear to the reader who comes to understand not only the amazing uniqueness of Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein, but the astounding full implications.
     
    Clearly I am unqualified. Yet whenever I step into the hospital, I remain painfully aware that I am the most knowledgeable person in the entire place, about Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein, a breakthrough central integrative discovery that should have rewritten all the text books and yet remains so obscure. I have nowhere to turn for better information, much less help in order to secure the life changing benefits with unprecedented medical safety, of a Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein therapeutic. This is unacceptable! And as ever, what is the most dangerous, remains the ignorance and complacency of the sheeple, especially of those drones in healthcare.
     
     
       “In labs, we've cured obesity and diabetes in mice hundreds of times” 
      •  Turn Fat People Into Mice blog

     

     

     

     
     
    John Neely on vimeo
     
     
     

     

    Pending long delayed human trials and approval for bringing a ZA2G therapeutic to market, in the interim, can a ZA2G nutritional supplement be found or devised?
     
    Often, medications for oral administration must be formulated in order to protect the medication from the digestive process, in order for said medications to survive through uptake into the body, ever to take effect whatsoever beyond perhaps, indigestion.
     
    However, ZA2G administered orally  in experiments with mice already interacts within the intestines. So perhaps, similarly, dietary ZA2G supplementation is likewise feasible.  But what is the proper dosage of ZA2G to begin with, how much ZA2G would there really be in any given nutritional supplement, and what percentage of said ZA2G content would metabolize in order to interact?  
     
    Diabetes and nicotine are both associated with an elevation of ZA2G production in the body and consequent weight loss. But neither are to be recommended! And: "Little clinical trial evidence supports zinc supplementation as improving adisopathy and metabolic disease."[New-Opathies: An Emerging Molecular Reclassification of Human Disease p.136] But one known candidate for a possible ZA2G nutritional supplement is shea extract, the chief ingredient formulated into shea butter, but for topical application, and the other is -wait for it!-  human ejaculates! So  blow me! And be sure to swallow. It's good for you! 
     
    Seriously though, what is the actual ZA2G content in either substance? Where is the needed science made accessible to the lay person? Who is our advocate?
     
    Another better possible solution: Via Targeted Genome Editing, a nominally edible fresh water algae such as Chlorella Pyrenoidosa can be bioengineered for highest levels of Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein, then processed, packaged and marketed as a nutritional supplement under the brand name: Plomeek Soup Mix TM.
     
     

    The entire difference between the obesity prone and the obesity resistant, is their respective natural Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein levels, so easily and safely correctable.

     

    Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein therapeutic supplementation, with no human trials yet scheduled for all these years, conferring obesity resistance for weight loss and management, thus far seemingly entails risk only from the unknown, because the discovery of Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein remains, on top of everything else, an unprecedented breakthrough in medical safety: All mounting evidence thus far increasingly reveals that the intervention of therapeutic ZA2G supplementation may well actually be safer not only than available drugs and surgery, but even than diet and exercise, every significant inconveniences, continual risks and serious drawbacks whereof have been long so blithely accepted and only managed as best as possible, all for hitherto wont of other better or at least safer alternatives, indeed as if somehow inextricably inalienable to the human condition much as death itself. But what would any insurance CEO give, for a single safe effective medication to eradicate obesity, along with such complications as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, back pain and more, wiping these burgeoning expenses right off their books in one fell swoop?

     

    You out there, reading with such a jaundiced eye, with your indiscipline, your gluttonous hunger and pleasure in always eating, eating, eating, your lazy sedentary sloth, your sullen and obdurate resistance to virtuous diet and exercise. Do you understand what sort of hapless worldly fat lump that makes you? Normal! Natural! Human! That's what you are. Condoms, CPAP, diet and exercise, just like chastity, are all, in the blithe irony of Rush Limbaugh: "one hundred percent effective when practiced consistently." However, such is not medicine but obsession of irresponsible Moralism and the cult of austerity, shifting the blame to human failure. True enough, though. Nature is Hobbesian but human nature and drives oppose the tyranny of biological destiny. Any social program of brutal Behavior Modification, including of healthcare, that conflicts with human nature, is doomed to extremely high rates of noncompliance and therefore of abject failure. But just as with PR for gambling, to deflect therefrom, there will always be the handful of success cases, of big winners, to held up as shining example of somehow beating the odds. And it's much the same in formal education: There will always be that handful of eager approval seekers that thrive on whatever abuse and excel. So, why can't we all be just like them? To all of that: Bah, humbug! A simplified actuarial table might help drive home the point: Any program, measure or treatment that so dystressfully conflicts with human nature will indeed fail, consistently. The statistical failure rate of diet and exercise is only brushed aside, by judgmentally blaming the patient for folly and indiscipline, Moralistically, seeking compliance via Behavior Modification and reaction formations of brutal self manipulation. No truly effective treatment regimen needs thus to be excused of such an abysmal failure rate, or shored up with such blithe Moralistic tyranny and obsession.

     

    Worse, the restriction of caloric intake only triggers the body to become even more efficient at storing fat. Moreover, the metabolic triggers for weight gain and attendant complications may be more difficult and less controllable than hitherto suspected, indeed even the reverse. In his TED speech, 'Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?,' Peter Attia tearfully apologizes for ever being judgmental of his patients, and condemns the processed foods smuggled into our diets by manufacturers, as the real culprit. "But what if we have it backwards? What if obesity isn't the cause of insulin resistance at all? In fact, what if it's a symptom of a much deeper problem, the tip of a proverbial iceberg? I know it sounds crazy because we're obviously in the midst of an obesity epidemic, but hear me out. What if obesity is a coping mechanism for a far more sinister problem going on underneath the cell?" But the greatest clue that Attia among so many others, seems to have missed, is how increased production of Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein production corresponds with weight loss at the onset of diabetes. What is that telling us?

     

    In any case, better nutrition, by whatever standard or criteria, remains something desirable in its own right. Often, it tastes better, too! But ubiquity and popularity of the Moralistic cult of austerity notwithstanding, dieting, reduced caloric intake whatsoever, is at best only an exchange of one stressor for another. There is every perfectly understandable reason why people like to fuck and to eat more, not less. Food is fun! In accordance with Pleasure Principle, it should come as no surprise to anyone, that people prefer to enjoy the pleasures of eating to enduring the singular mounting dystress and irritation of resisting hunger and desire, let alone all of the cognitive dissonance so inevitable from all of that convoluted and dishonest Behaviorist self manipulation and willful positivity simply in order to pretend not minding. All in all, diet and exercise are as humanly unnatural as chastity and monogamy.
     
    Will power is a limited temporary short term resource, for application in self control as situation arises. The misapplication of individual will power over the long term to ongoing crisis, more often engenders judgmental bitter envy and resentment than sympathy or any true moral rectitude or goodness, indeed playing a role in virtually all psychopathology. Hence, the availability Zink Alpha 2 Glycoprotein supplemental therapeutic, already a crucial public health issue, becomes no less crucial in public mental heath, happiness, sociability and good cheer.
     
    And if exercise is so innocuous, why is there even such a thing as sports medicine? Diet and exercise are really no more risk free than anything else in life. And the boring tedium of repetitive exercise, is even more discouraging. A better way to get people more active, is to provide more readily and conveniently, physical activity that is actually any fun. That need among others, is clearly underserved, and this is addressed in the proposal: Planet Frolic TM. After all, sedentary inertia, or in a word: rest, remains an entirely natural response to ill health and fatigue, not to mention boredom and neglect. However, to overcome said inertia, the best solution remains to treat the underlying problem of relative Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein deficiency relative to environment and lifestyle, that only worsens with age. And the miracle cure remains ongoing therapeutic Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein supplementation, still denied to us for our own protection.

     

    The most effective and congenial avenue to healthy active lifestyle remains the correction of Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein levels. Because lipids remain in the blood when uptake to the adipose tissue is downregulated, overfed mice treated with Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein, as well as remaining slim and trim, became more energetic, manifesting also, adaptive thermogenesis, shedding excess calories via increased body heat instead of gaining weight, all just like naturally slim individuals who already produce higher levels of ZA2G. ZA2G even increases skeletal muscle mass, effortlessly and without any of the harmful side effects of steroids, lowers urinary glucose and increases insulin sensitivity among other benefits.
     
    And even somewhat obviously, the ability to eat for energy, without instead becoming torpid and gaining weight, is highly adaptive to hectic and affluent modern lifestyles. There are many obvious health benefits for brain and body, from a steady and plentiful intake of nutrition, only barring the worst adverse effect, being obesity replete with attendant complications. - In other words, only given correct or corrected zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein levels.  
     
    According to 'Zinc α2-Glycoprotein: A Multidisciplinary Protein': "A direct relationship has been established in the expression of ZAG in cancer cachexia and their concentration in urine, and hence, subsequently, ZAG is also termed as a biomarker for cancer cachexia." Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein overproduction as associated with cancer, lowers melanin synthesis. This effect is even exploited in a patented method for modulating melanin production. Murine melanocytes are the cells in the skin that produce melanin pigments and in which most melanomas arise. So that might make sense as an evolutionary adaptation for the body to suppress cancer. The obvious downside remains excessive runaway weight loss, cancer cachexia and rapid wasting away, treatable with Halsa Pharmaceutical's Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein blocker according to CEO Phil Speros, but also still so long perpetually suspended in preclinical limbo. How many lives cold have been saved?
     
    "However, most if not all the biological data on ZAG has stemmed from biochemical preparations of the molecule isolated from various biological fluids. The inherent heterogeneity of these preparations might explain the plethora of biological functions ascribed to this single molecule" according to 'Lipolysis is altered in MHC class I zinc-α2-glycoprotein deficient mice' edited by Robert Barouki. This was published in February of 2007, but apparently methods have yet to evolve significantly. Halsa Pharmaceutical's ZA2G therapeutic might be advantageous in laboratory application as well.
     
    According to Wikipedia: "Zinc-alpha-2-glycoprotein is a protein that in humans is encoded by the AZGP1 gene.[1][2] This gene expresses a soluble protein that stimulates lipolysis, induces a reduction in body fat in mice, is associated with the cachexia related to cancer, and is known to be expressed in secretory cells of lung epithelium.[3] In 2009, it was found that smoking increases expression of this gene, which is why smoking cessation leads to weight gain.[3] Zinc-alpha-2-glycoprotein levels also rise with onset of Diabetes 2, which accounts for weight loss thereafter." Indeed, "almost ubiquitous in body fluids [and] also present in stratified epithelia", " downregulated in human obesity." ZA2G even increases skeletal muscle mass, effortlessly and without any of the harmful side effects of steroids, lowers urinary glucose and increases insulin sensitivity among other benefits. Again: Because lipids remain in the blood when uptake to the adipose tissue is downregulated, overfed mice treated with Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein, as well as remaining slim and trim, became more energetic, manifesting also, adaptive thermogenesis, shedding excess calories via increased body heat instead of gaining weight, all just like naturally slim individuals who already produce higher levels of ZA2G. And even somewhat obviously, the ability to eat for energy, without instead becoming torpid and gaining weight, is highly adaptive to hectic and affluent modern lifestyles.
     
    The problem results because no living organism is adapted to its environment, but rather the environment of its forbears. Humans are adapted to an environment where exertion was plentiful and food was scarce. But now we live in an environment where food is plentiful and exercise is scarce. Only those skinny folks running high metabolisms, who can eat as much of whatever they want, without gaining an ounce, are properly adapted to modern living because they maintain naturally higher levels of Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein production. And with therapeutic Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein supplementation, we can all share their good fortune.
     
    Even perhaps howsoever misguidedly, weight loss in remedy of obesity, remains so long the standard recommendation to help all manner of physical and metabolic disorders, including type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and back pain. The dubious remedy of diet and exercise, with time honored exhortations to discipline, is not medicine but Moralistim in demand of Behaviorist compliance. Nor instead, ought equally Moralistic sour grapes compel surrender and acceptance of any misfortune, should that suffering become unnecessary. Indeed, consider the ready parallels in discourse upon fat acceptance before the prospect of a Thin Pill, either preferably the approval at long last of a Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein therapeutic to supplement deficiency, or else perhaps even off brand use of angiogenesis inhibitors*, with debate over Deathism or if you will: death acceptance, in the face of such prospects as Radical Life Extension by some curative treatment of the complex degenerative condition known as aging, let alone delayed resuscitation, reanimation out from Cryonic Suspension in actual reversal of clinical death.

     

    * Both cancer growths and fat deposits stimulate development of new immature blood vessels to feed them. Angiogenesis inhibitors starve tumors and beer bellies alike, of their blood supply. Alas, different angiogenesis inhibitors intervene at different points in a long and complicated chain of precursors, hence risking adverse side effects, indeed in 60% of cases, hypertension (high blood pressure), unlike Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein which, you guessed it! -actually down regulates blood pressure. Interestingly, angiogenesis inhibitors do not impede would healing.
     
    Elevation in production of Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein and consequent weight loss are associated with both nicotine and diabetes. Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein was discovered in runaway overproduction by cancer tumors, thus revealed as the cause for cancer cachxia and rapid wasting away, according to CEO Phil Speros, treatable with Halsa Pharmaceutical's Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein blocker, also still so long perpetually suspended in preclinical limbo. Another byproduct of oncology research, angiogenesis inhibitors also seemed promising in weight loss and management, because both cancer tumors and fat deposits trigger the development of new immature blood vessels. Thus, angiogenesis inhibition helps to shrink both tumors and beer bellies alike, similarly vampiric, by starving them of their blood supply. Alas, 60% of patients treated suffer increased hypertension from angiogenesis inhibitors, each different angiogenesis inhibitor drug, interviewing at a different point in a long and complicated chain of precursors, therefore prone to unexpected side effects. -Although, interestingly enough, angiogenesis inhibitors do not interfere with wound healing. Of course, Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein actually down regulates blood pressure. So why are we messing around with anything else?
     
    By contrast with any other treatment options, the remarkable lack of undesirable side effects of therapeutic Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein supplementation, acting far more directly it seems, is but one of its amazing features of the novel multidisciplinary protein. Undesirable side effects and adverse tradeoffs are seemingly inevitable in all treatment, yes, including diet and exercise. This is because all treatments only at all approximate any conceivable ideal treatment. They fit only so imperfectly. For such is life! And the more inventive the therapy, the more irritating if not actually dangerous, the unintended results. But not a corrected level of Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein, which will fit with such unusual perfection, because correcting levels of Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein is not any sort of invention at all, but a major discovery of exactly what so many of us are missing, so badly needed. This alone is unique. Precious little in life, indeed few treatments and medicines even over the counter, let alone by prescription, are ever anything near as risk free as Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein supplementation is known to be, for an external intervention so precisely targeted that it actually restores internal harmony, thereby transcending the categories of Allopathy and Homiopathy.
     
    Actuaries may work for insurance companies and consulting firms, the government, employee benefits departments of large corporations, hospitals, banks and investment firms, or most generally, in any businesses prudently seeking to manage financial risk. An actuary is an arithmetically competent and inclined business professional who analyzes the financial consequences of risk versus benefit, by the application of mathematics, statistics, and financial theory in order to study uncertain future events, especially those of concern to insurance and pension programs. Consider for example by way of illustration, the pros and cons of electronic cigarettes, invented as a pleasurable and hoped to be more effective means of assistance in overcoming tobacco addiction, in alternative to the nicotine patch. Alas, as it turns out, electronic cigarettes pose new health hazards all their own, including addiction. There is no question of waiting for conclusive evidence of their safety. The responsible question of risk versus opportunity, is whether electronic cigarettes pose more harm at greater risk, or offer more helpful benefit and safety, and under what circumstances. And that is the responsible question for any option or decision whatsoever. Whereas the question is so difficult and the answer elusive when posed in regard to electronic cigarettes, with Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein the same question indeed becomes rhetorical, the answer being all too obvious. Who then might one suppose would get better odds of good health and long life, from a Los Vegas bookmaker or any capable actuary? -An overweight patient with access to therapeutic Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein supplementation, or the control subject without?
     
    But stalled progress towards safe accessibility of Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein supplementation is only an unfortunately obscure and important special case of a far more pervasive and systemic obstruction. Indeed, for a less obscure example, there is far greater public awareness of the cases of children dying while waiting for access to different forms of medical marijuana. But all sensible and responsible questions in fallibly confronting uncertainty when making decisions, are routinely sidestepped by heteronymous appeal to authority and procedure, sheer inertia whereof quashing all rational doubt and sense of alarm. Thus all that is well known is systematically ignored because of all that is not deemed conclusively certain. Epistemological and Methodological standards of experimentally conclusive results for testable hypotheses with clear and specific conditions of refutation, remain ever indispensible in keeping science honest and relevant. But as a matter of practicality and conscience in the actuary's estimation of foreseeable outcomes, the responsible question remains how best to proceed in the interim until consensus upon conclusive results by whatever standard, even in the face of inevitable uncertainty no matter what. The irresponsibility Reactionary answer currently embraced in medical regulation, is paralysis and obstruction. But responsibility is response-ability, autonomy and the capacity for considered action honestly informed by circumstances. Whereas, irresponsibility is response-inability, an incapacity for considered action honestly informed by circumstances.
     
    Alas, in typical colossal and flagrantly irresponsible miscarriage of regulatory public safety, we are all kept in the dark and restricted from access to life changing therapeutic Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein supplementation, because, despite the lack of any sign of risk in all these years of research, the safety of therapeutic Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein supplementation has not been deemed conclusively determined. The actuaries should be up in arms! In terms of sheer decidophobic boneheaded failure to compare the advantages and disadvantages of all available options, this is almost as bad as waiting to be sure that Cryonics will work out, and dying in the meantime without any such contingency! Worse, it seems that human trials for Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein remain indefinitely stalled. Thus we are left to the hazards of conventional treatment, including dangerous amphetamine derivatives, toxic diabetes medicine, the medieval torture device that is CPAP, and mutilating surgery to the intestines, the jaw bone, or any other body part the disfiguration of which might be deemed an acceptable loss. You can even get a scratchy irritating plastic patch sewn into your tongue, to kill the flavor and pleasure of eating! How barbaric. The nineteenth century operations to cure men of masturbation, inspiring such pathetic gratitude, and the hysterectomy for frustrated women, cannot but spring to mind. Heroin is also very effective for weight loss. It's illegal, but so what? Narcotics are plentiful and easily available. In all of the passive hostility of ubiquitous bureaucracy, I am only effectively overprotected from the medicine that would actually help me!
     
    Surely guilt free and healthy gluttony and gusto, is no less important in the overthrow of tyrannical biological destiny, than sex without shame and adverse health consequences. Of course metabolic problems of obesity impact health and longevity. Disposition to obesity increases with age, as levels of ZA2G production decline. Obesity is an indicator of relative ZA2G deficiency!
     
    Zinc alpha-2-glycoprotein is secreted by epithelial cells, both normal and malignant, with over expression by tumors implicated in cancer cachexia, wasting away. So perhaps reduced production over time, is a result of cellular aging. Indeed, among many benefits, ZA2G is even cited as anti-inflammatory, which has often been the "code-word" for when cautious hopes are raised of counteracting aging in and of itself. (Only recently has the FDA officially recognized a new category of anti-aging treatments.) Indeed, ZA2G supplementation back to more youthful and slimmer more obesity resistant levels of ZA2G, essentially restoring nature, may offer the ideal adaptation to modern living that has so reversed the natural order by making food plentiful and exercise scarce, so that older people, once so much less able to fend for themselves and survive, no longer need better fat retention. Another symptom of aging, is the difficulty in staying fit and retaining muscle mass. But ZA2G is known to increase skeletal muscle mass, effortlessly and without any of the harmful side effects of steroids, and also lowers urinary glucose and increases insulin sensitivity among other benefits.
     
    Indeed, the novel multidisciplinary protein ZA2G should be an obvious ingredient to be included in the hoped for anti-aging medicinal cocktail, that latter-day elixir of perpetual youth, quested for by Radical Life Extension research and anti-aging medicine. For by down regulating lipid uptake into adipose tissue, keeping all that fat in the blood stream, ZA2G supplementation producing increased lipolysis, lipid mobilization and utilization, thereby rendered overfed laboratory mice not only slim and svelte but actually more energetic! ZA2G even increases skeletal muscle mass, without any of the harmful side effects of steroids, and lowers urinary glucose and increases insulin sensitivity among other benefits.
     
    "Similarities have been drawn between the onset of diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, leading some to consider the two to be interrelated. Could Alzheimer’s be treated as another type of diabetes?"
     
    Food For Thought: Is diet-induced Alzheimer’s Disease Type 3 Diabetes?
     
    Considering how the novel multidisciplinary protein ZA2G even helps to clear grit that builds up in the kidneys over time as ZA2G production declines with aging, I wonder how a supplemental ZA2G therapeutic might likewise effect plaque buildup in the brain, as associated with Alzheimer's and Parkson's.
     
    Any sensible person is rightly leery of any as yet unapproved medication, despite being fully cognizant of the worst failures of food and drug regulation, allowing the most unsafe treatments while at the same time obstructing and delaying vital lifesaving medicines, as most notoriously with AIDS. But in the case of Zink Alpha 2 Glycoprotein particularly, even among all other myriad completely effective treatments for obesity in laboratory mice, there are salient and particular reason to be skeptical of all the enduring red tape:
     
    1) In the decades of foot dragging towards approval, no hint of adverse side effects has been found, only further different beneficial and healthful functions of the novel multidisciplinary protein. - indeed, "a disconcerting range of biological activities, which collectively are difficult to reconcile with the action of a single molecule [...], and therefore need to be sorted out." [Lipolysis is altered in MHC class I zinc-α2-glycoprotein deficient mice] It's all good! 2) To reiterate, even diet and exercise actually appears to be more dangerous! 3) If you now understand the hazards, frustrations and dangerously real metabolic dilemmas of diet and exercise, in contrast to the remarkably efficacious and unusually harmless cost effective ease of applying a supplemental Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein therapeutic, and perhaps even more amazing absence of any downside with therapeutic ZA2G supplementation, being sik precisely what is needed, then you should be entirely dissatisfied the current state of affairs! 4) Even still after all the decades of needless delay, and still no human trials, nevertheless a human test group has already long existed in nature, because those skinny people who can eat whatever they want without gaining an ounce, that's simply because their bodies continue to produce higher levels of Zink Alpha 2 Glycoprotein, rendering them obesity resistant. The rest of us remain obesity prone, worsening with age as Zink Alpha 2 Glycoprotein production and therefore obesity resistance in our bodies, declines.
     
    There are no known hypotheses in regards to any possible or conceivable adverse effects whatsoever of any supplemental ZA2G therapeutic, in order to guide research in discovering any unsuspected hazards. But the first search for adverse effects of Zink Alpha 2 Glycoprotein, in homo sapiens, that somehow haven't turned up in laboratory animals such as mice, despite how evolutionarily, all simians inherit metabolism from rodents, might be guided by an examination of negative side effects associated with being naturally slim with a higher metabolism, obesity resistant, as we now know, due to naturally higher levels of Zink Alpha 2 Glycoprotein production if our existing human test group in the wild.
     
    Ah, but might there be other differences between those naturally skinny folk who can eat as much of whatever the want, without gaining an ounce, and the rest of us? -such that supplemental Zink Alpha 2 Glycoprotein might pose some unforeseen danger? Answer: It sounds plausible, but there is no particular reason so to suspect, much less known evidence, or even any coherent hypothesis. Whereas even still pending unconscionably the long awaiting human trials, the continued dangers from withholding the benefits Zink Alpha 2 Glycoprotein therapy are manifest. Are there then any negative side effects associated with being naturally slim with a higher metabolism? Please post to the Kriosgrad blog for this webpage on KrioRus.ru or email if you are aware of any such.
     
    Socio-psychological deconstruction?
     
    What might it be that lends the directly above somewhat undue catastrophism such likewise undue sense of plausibility for so many? Why does it seemingly make sense to so strongly suspect that there just must be some catch, even while investigation remains so tentative or else actually deep dark secret? If the encouraging results already published, despite all mounting corroboration, even in the long ongoing the timid state of current published research, are still to be deemed inconclusive, then why all the hesitation towards conclusive experiment in the light of day? Is this question perhaps cultural and psychological? Returning then to theme: Is whatever the real problem, still howsoever related to Deathist squeamishness and taboo?
     
    But precisely how so? Answer: To elaborate, if gluttony and sloth are sin, then gluttony and sloth without consequence is immoral. Indeed, by such misanthropy, the body beautiful reflects the virtue entailed in its achievement in ennobling resistance to the fallen state of humanity as manifest in ongoing corruption of body and spirit, with admiration and sexual opportunity the rightful reward, undeserved by the unworthy who require and deserve only motivational chastisement. Physical fitness after all, is deemed by this stinking thinking, the manifestation of Darwinian reproductive fitness. And thus, by such witless Reactionary anxiety, whatever might so effortlessly level the playing field, risks undermining not only longstanding social order, but thus the very biological integrity of the human species that society exist in order to protect! For such is the hysteria and racket of vested interest and the fear of all change, embracing, manipulatively exploiting and preserving a conveniently natural sex economy.
     
    Indeed, some actually even do so Moralistically decry that effortless weight loss and management facilitated in the advent of the Thin Pill, even in the face of perpetually ecstatic gluttony, all without effort and sacrifice, would by such worldliness, eliminate the virtuous discipline and character building derived from the self chastisement of arduous exercise and diet under the natural punishment for unnecessarily consuming food; food, for shame! so desperately needed for immediate survival by the masses of those inescapably trapped in impending sickness and death by ongoing famine, starvation and malnutrition. But at least no one seriously predicts the moral downfall of modern society from the improved per capita mass market sex appeal as resulting from an on average vastly slimmer citizenry, the way they so often do population explosion as somewhat erroneously projected consequence from indefinite youth and life via Radical Life Extension!
     
    True, it is, indeed, manifestly unfair, how the rich, but not the poor who starve, can pay inflated prices for food during crop failures. Moralism dwells upon that aspect of the problem to the exclusion of all practicality, entirely ignoring how even the most virtuous diet and exercise, transmit not so much as one calorie of food to the hungry. In the end, Moralism, angry judgment and sacrifice without compassion or generosity, is as heartless as it is irrational and impractical. Rather, Hedonism is what inspires sympathy for any who suffer, and efficiency is what drives solutions to all wont.
     
    Regrettably, it is true, for prime example, that greater sexual freedom is indeed often experienced as pressure by those who are squeamish and ambivalent about sexuality. Therefore sexual freedoms are so often obstructed, curtailed and even persecuted, all in the name of propriety or for appearances sake, whatever any of that really means, by "Pro-Lifers" so-called, controlling bullying prudish culture warriors actingout in whatever abuse of power and unwilling to own whatever their own motivations of irrational and cognitively dissonant hostility.
     
    Therefore, should better and easier treatment of obesity be likewise suppressed in order not to insensitively pressure and offend fat accepters? Actually, what is the current state of the art in metabolic disorder treatment practice, but a craven conservative embrace of status quo? And is it impolite, by ones own insensitive example of skepticism and resistance to mortality, to agitate and discomfort the complacent resignation of the sheeple to the slaughter? Because why else the logistical nightmare in cadaverous donation, much less Cryonics, all best addressed by Integrated Recovery? Is is right to stifle progress and value for everyone, out of the sheer squeamish Reactionary Nihilism of, if you will, death acceptance?
     
    In the famous Isaac Asimov novel 'Bicentennial Man' adapted into a movie starring the late Robin Williams, a robot makes himself human and then to complete the process, sheds his immortality, embracing natural death simply in order to win the approval and acceptance of humanity at large, all just to fit in at long last. The irony is in how just such desperate approval seeking is both so robotic and so human, not to mention so calamitous and even fatal. Indeed, given how the masses revile even the seekers of Emortality, how much more might they resent it's achievement? Nevertheless, there can be hope that they might become at all the less motivated by even homicidal jealousy at least, once Emortality becomes available to all. Bioludditry will then evaporate!

     

    In the words of James Arthur Baldwin: “Sex is like air. It's not important unless you aren't getting any. Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.” And in the overthrow tyrannical biological destiny, the eradication of hunger into gluttony made safe, is a related imperative of transhuman progress in the facilitation of authentic wellbeing. All likewise, with Emortality achieved, Existential despair of Ecclesiastical futility over looming death might haunt us ever any less, as death is eradicated.
     
    In most every important way, any modern day vagrant sleeping in the back of their car, lives better than an 18th century French nobleman in their palace. With technological advance, all standards of living rise to unprecedented new heights. Moreover, in the imminent future, everyone will be young, fit and suitably fuckable indefinitely! -minds ay long last liberated from the tyranny of biological destiny, scarcity and wont, unfettered by such privations and anxieties of the human condition as ever we have known it. Can it then simply be unbidden thought and pent up emotion that is actually what is so frightening, unknown and taboo? After all, what is Deathism but the prime manifestation of heteronomy? Perhaps there are greater real dangers, responsibilities and and secret terrors to confront, than in the callow misanthropic scenario of becoming blasé and ennuied as per all such dread to be stirred and conjured up in all of that inane Nihilistic Luddite propaganda of sheer anticipatory ingratitude!
     
    • In defense of the Hedonic treadmill  How, far from terminal ennui, raised expectations promote the will to continue living
     
    Yes, even in the struggle for continued survival at all and over all, let alone any lesser related priority in its own right such as weight management, realistic actuarial cost-benefit equation must first be pondered responsibly without hysterical catastrophism and taboo!
     

     

    Weak praise in favor, yet such virulent hostility in defense, of death

     

    “To die, and to be dead, that must be glorious!”   Count Dracula

     

    The worst of of all are not the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, regarding humanity as a blighting cancer upon the face of the Earth to be eradicated lest we migrate into Outer Space and contaminate the Universe! Alas how much public sympathy for any such misanthropy. No, the most extreme are the suicide martyrs of course. But there are less direct means of self annihilation, dragging others down with you. And they too are showered in praise by their ideological comrades, and more socially acceptable.

    'Herbert Marcuse on the ideology of death' by Aschwin de Wolf

     
    Anything can change the context for anything else, and lend it new meaning. Therefore anything gives meaning to anything else. And conversely, so does any absence thereof. Hence, indeed, it is trivially true, that death gives meaning to life. So the eradication of death will profoundly change whatever meaning that we each assign to living. The implication remains that only death gives meaning to life. And this can only be true if life in and of itself, is inherently meaningless and futile. And this is Nihilism. It is also trivially true, because there is no inherent meaning because meaning is constructed, assigned by individuals and shared in societies. Nihilism, after all, is less an Ontology than a depressive strategy of terror management, a malaise of Existential despair in consequence of mortality that will be much relieved by the eradication of death, obviously something to celebrate.
     
    And such is ‘The Meaning That Immortality Gives to Life
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  • Bio-Luddite oppression: Alas that Deathists are not always content simply to go quietly into that dark night
    As Eliezer Yudkowsky concludes upon death and character building “Only things unvirtuous of themselves, must be excused by philosophizing them into excuses for virtue.”
     
    Indeed, no inspiration is ever truly intrinsic to the source, but to the individual. And should it ever really be the case, anyone that actually needs death in order to appreciate life, may indeed find themselves that much more prone even to passive self harm, and would be far better off to discover any other, better, saner, generally safer Existential adaptation.
     
    For ostensibly spiritual longing, indeed the appreciation of death, is often actually predicated upon the extol of virtue and sacrifice under adversity that amounts to an admiration of drama ever heightened by raising the stakes, which mortality indeed accomplishes to the utmost.
     
    But all of this is entirely forgetful that what makes for good drama in fiction are what would be in reality adverse circumstance and suffering. Bad decisions make good stories, and martyrdom is not to be sought for.
     
    After all, it is the same issue of mortality that has always fueled the no less dramatic questing for immortality. And the attainment of true practical super longevity and the conquest of death, is hope for a happy ending, the outcome in doubt being necessary in Technique of Suspense plotting.
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    “[Ray Bradbury] opposed vast extension of the human life span not because it would result in stagnation, or social injustice, but rather because it would lead to the diminution or termination of those elements of human suffering and weakness he considered essential to being human. Without death, and forgetting and constantly being “reset” to that fraction of our libraries each human generation might be able to absorb before, in turn, being extinguished, there could be no pathos of the kind that was Bradbury’s stock and trade. Bradbury saw, quite clearly, that practical biological immortality would transform man into something fundamentally different, alien even, from his current state of being and he was deeply repulsed by that. To be human is to be mortal and to suffer and to die and to live out a history of error and folly over and over, indefinitely. A history that would recede into the dim mists of living memory. A history that required the storyteller to shape the critical parables for mankind to live (and die) by. A history that required men like Ray Bradbury. His final remark in our conversation was that he would have immortality through his books which was the only kind of immortality to which men were entitled.

     

    Ray Bradbury: When the Writer Mistakes His Books for Himselfby Mike Darwin

     

    But the emortal person, however growing in Philosophical sagacity, nevertheless must remain fallible. And the same story tellers are ever reshaping their parables anew for the same people in different times and life passages, never mind only to successive forgetful generations. The Transhuman will only present fresh new demand for culture throughout the long road ahead before any true dawning of the Post Human. And even the Post Human, however advanced, strange and unrecognizable, will be shaped by evolution of whatever their own unprecedented and hither to alien motivation and necessity.

     

    The very notion of deliberate preservation and institution of death, even after death can be eradicated, all simply as a cynical strategy of artificial scarcity in order to prevent inflation of the value of plentiful life, seems an amazingly farfetched, fraudulent and misanthropic sham. And it will never happen. Not all pathos is equal: Resignation by preference, is neither heroic nor dramatic but merely Post Modern and depressing. Senseless vicissitude is mere melodrama. Practical immortality will open new chapters in human adventure. The future is not doomed to indolence. Even with the elimination of adversities of privation, fresh drama awaits in the striving towards new challenges. What is better? The mortality, the eventual extinction, of humanity ourselves, by even willful failure to adapt? Or else the mortality merely howsoever and to whatever extent, of the human condition in the limited frame thereof as we have known it, simply because of progress, growth into any way of life at all truly new under the sun?

     

    In the end, it will be history and the changing needs of the author's public, that brings the values of Literature into synthesis with those of Science Fiction. And can any of that truly become so boring and irrelevant for capable and incisive creative writers and commentators? - that, perish the thought! they might some day confront an audience at all the less naive and therefore the more worthy of the author's respect? How insufferably patronizing!

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  •                            And here I thought that trashing hubby's comix collection was belligerent!
        
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Is Reactionary Deathism, after all, truly so fearful of stagnation, 
                                   or indeed, rather, of reflection and progress?

    “If man were immortal he could be perfectly sure of seeing the day when everything in which he had trusted should betray his trust, and, in short, of coming eventually to hopeless misery. He would break down, at last, as every good fortune, as every dynasty, as every civilization does. In place of this we have death.”

     

    Charles Sanders Peirce

     

     
     
     
     
     
    But stagnation is not a factor of time alone, of long life, but rather of various circumstances that can be addressed in order to sustain even intense engagement of meaningful breadth and depth of individual human character growth, learning, autonomy and progress, not to mention just havin' fun, so that death remains the most absurdly Draconian solution given any other viable options.

    “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”

    Anaïs Nin

     
    Indeed, jadedness ever for fresh novelty, seems the best protection from future shock! Not everyone is in such a rut, or at least not so completely and irrevocably. And not everyone indeed in a rut, even knows it or suffers therefrom, certainly not suicidally!
     
    Indeed, in the famous words of George Santayana: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." And longevity is an effective safeguard for progress against short memory, as attested by calamitous historical repetition, generationally, with the loss of living memory and lessons of the past learned only by the survivors. Must we nevertheless all then abide by the suicide pact of the Bio-Luddites, regardless? Is not any conceivably wider range of option the more desirable?  
     
    In truth, the greater problem is nothing so trifling or abstract as any purported specter of perpetually adolescent ennui: It is suffering and tragedy that so builds and mounts in life to crush the spirit so. The bane of mythical immortals has always been ever renewed bereavement outliving their loved ones again and again. But not if only they are permitted to share their gift! And that exactly is what the future holds for those who will only live to see it. Generations to come will never experienxe the loss of bereavement. That is the only feasible realization of the yearned for mythic return to innocence for humankind, and without deception and oppression in heteronymously stupefied preservation of naivety. The elimination of bereavement will redefine the very human condition even no less than individual practical immortality in and of itself.
     
    The palpable Morality Play of ThunderCats 2011 Episode 4 - ‘Song of the Petalars,’ an entertaining rendition of the romanticized thematic trope of ephemeral life, remains no less elusive to many who miss the real point of how Lion-O, the young and brashly impressionable Lord of the Thundercats, enchanted and beguiled by the earnestly optimistic fatalism of the Petalar Emerick, then very nearly leads his comrades into a desperate, grand and hopeless  last stand against their enemies; all but for the deus ex machina that they are conveniently rescued in the very precious nick of time, by the older, wiser and far more experienced Panthro, with all the preparedness a real survivor, embracing technological novelty and making his grand entrance in the Thundertank, thus routing the enemy.
     
    For even howsoever valid priority of quality over quantity or duration, how well one has lived rather than merely how long, exactly as so beatifically extolled by the quickly wilting Petalar, Emrick, may often tend to be anything of a false dilemma somewhat arbitrarily ruling out both at once.
     
    Indeed, Sturgeon's Law states that: "90% of everything is shit." Therefore, quality is often a function, first of all, of quantity from which to choose, the wheat sifted from the chafe. By trial and error, quality must often be ferreted out out from sheer quantity, which takes more time. For sagacity accrues from experience, not naivety. Indeed, as Kathy muses in ‘Never Let Me Go’ (2010) from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro: “Maybe none of us really understand what we've lived through, or feel we've had enough time.”
     

    And yet, there endures the distorted romantic nostalgia for the adventuresome life quick, merry and bold. Indeed, Parkinson's Law which states that the work expands to fill the time allotted, has actually been speciously advanced to contend, without supporting evidence, that longer life and health only accrues further procrastination instead of greater productivity. Need that be dignified with response? There is even the implicit misanthropic Moralism to the effect that mounting decrepitude is constructive as a necessary punishment for the callow false invulnerability of youth! This of course devalues experience in its own right. Lastly, there is the canard of immortality and ennui, even doctrine to the effect that life and worldliness is intrinsically dull eventually necessitating drastic escape.

     
    Why, just imagine all the people: Historically, the entertainments of affluent culture was actually invented in order to stave off the boredom of peace and plenty sans the adaptive stimulation from violence, suffering and the struggle for survival. Imagine, then, if per chance practical immortality will similarly spur human culture by producing the effect of raising the stakes and therefore sharpening the focused priority of ongoing fulfillment and richer true to life drama of greater and better free choice and autonomy in order to nurture, sustain and intensify experience of meaningful breadth and depth of individual human character growth and progress, moment by moment even indefinitely into the vastness of the looming future, an immortal ocean of time with no far shore, into at long last replacing the long standing passive reliance upon the Deathist melodramatically decidophoic coward's way out, then all the world will be as one, in the same proverbial boat, stewing in the lonely boredom of underserved needs and desires from frustrated intrinsic motivation.
     
    “Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”   Susan Ertz
     
    “Unless a man has been taught what to do with success after getting it, the achievement of it must inevitably leave him a prey to boredom.”
     
    Bertrand Russell
     
    Imagine an unprecedented new era ensuing, not only of comfort and affluence, but of expanding human fulfillment. So can the playing out of so plainly happier a futuring scenario truly be what anyone is so desperate to avoid? In a word: yes. Indeed, what could be more dreadful from the vantage point of anti-intellectualism? Because, it is children of any age, who get set in their ways. In time enough, they must set childish things behind them. And if neither simple Hedonism nor blithe complacency cannot sustain perpetual superficiality, then Radical Life Extension will eradicate the unexamined life once and for all!
     
    “The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy.” 
     
    Oscar Wilde
     
    For stagnation is not inevitable, ultimately only reflection, the waning of innocence and growth into sagacity. Only change itself remains constant. Whether for people or for societies, time is the cure for stagnation. Only annihilation forestalls further change. Under any circumstances, mass ennui may be among the most fruitful motivating challenges ever to confront humanity throughout history, and well into the foreseeable future. Competition within the species first drove evolution of engorged human cerebrality well beyond the needs of environmental adaptation, resulting in the motivating intrinsic human stimulus needs and thence struggle with boredom. That was the first loss of innocence, mourned as the mythic fall from grace and celebrated as the mythic theft of fire. Again, what Deathism as any other decidophobic manifestation of heteronomy so fears, is nothing less than the Existential burden of freedom. Deathism extolling definition in human mortality, is simply Agoraphobia along the axis of time.
    • In defense of the Hedonic treadmill  How raised expectations promote the will to continue living
    Emortalism, the quest for Practical Immortality as expressed in Radical Life Extension and anti-aging research and in the practice of Cryonics, is of special significance to the struggle for autonomy, first of all by liberating even the burning desire, without apology, for indefinite personal survival for oneself and ones loved ones, along with unabashed passionate curiosity as to feasibility. Where the objection, for whatever reason, truly mere honest skepticism as to the feasibility of overcoming death, scientifically, technologically, even psycho-sociologically or otherwise, then there ought to be more enthusiasm then in problem solving in order to overcome whatever obstacles instead of so blandly surrendering to them, any recommendation of hope in progress towards a better tomorrow and even better still, seeing it for oneself. -Even with cheerful optimism in any long shot to that end, especially with nothing to loose, instead of learned helplessness, frightened resignation, beaten and apathetic moribund obsessive disinterest and aversive taboo. What we all sorely need can be nothing less than or short of practical immortality which is the hoped for fruition of promising Radical Life Extension research, affordably for everyone.
    Yet the very prospect of living longer, may even be seen to escalate the very problem of suffering, dissatisfaction and lonely unhappiness, and of ever setting any limits of sheer endurance thereto, the ultimate worthiness of life and the comfort of an eventual release in death. For in rejection of nature's reliable and Draconian remedy, can there truly never be any more desirable alternative? It is argued that death provides definition, the very sort of predictable boundaries from which the randomness of gambling pastimes are extolled as Existential remedy. In truth, neither irresponsible recommendation is any less decidiphobic of fateful free choice and the perceived burden of liberty. Life is enough of a gamble within boundaries, no matter what. And no moment of truly excellent circumstances could ever become burdensome, even extended unto eternity, or unworthy of pursuit. But unless there are any pleasures and/or values in life at all, then even momentary survival, let alone longer, must be of little concern. However, in the words of R.M. Perry, Ph.D.: The individual ought to endure - for a life rightly lived is never rightly ended. 
    "More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must die “the worm at the core” of the human condition" motivating such pervasive denial simply in order to cope. Deathism, sour grapes in the face of death, even in morbid glorification of death, as not so bad and even entirely wonderful, all in all, the profound Psychological oppression that is death acceptance, in frightened resignation actually -colossal denial not withstanding, let alone anything the more obsequious and even hostile, is a crimestop taboo of heteronymous and dishonest antiprocess anchored to the depths of the psyche where resides the very dread of annihilation so readily discounted or invalidated and quelled. Heteronomy propagates together with panic because heteronomy is the primal Psychological panic reaction, mechanism and social institutions of denial and unity in case of crisis. And as with most any Psychiatric disorder, the condition may long outlive whatever initiating trauma or issues. While dogmatic, anti-critical, suspicious, closed minded and obsequious heteronomy in particular may well outlive any whatever supporting rationalizations of religion, ideology or creed. Furthermore, mortality is the single worst long standing and perpetually unresolved crisis universal to the human condition as ever we have known it, to reiterate, death being so well recognized among the roots of Existential depression. Hence the coping heteronomy that is Deathism. And what Deathism as any other decidophobic manifestation of heteronomy so fears, is still nothing less than the Existential burden of freedom. Deathism extolling definition in human mortality, is simply Agoraphobia along the axis of time.
    Deathism, then, is cowardly luzerly stubborn and depressive failure of imagination that insults the intelligence! -As Nietzsche might say: Nothing so profound, indeed not even shallow! In truth, can the myriad conceivable alternatives even be listed exhaustively? "More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must die “the worm at the core” of the human condition" motivating such pervasive denial simply in order to cope. Outside of myth and fable, looking to mortality for consolation is no trade that anyone ever really agreed to in advance, but merely the kneejerk of making graceful virtue of necessity afterwards; indeed the ironic ultimate in sour grapes, considering the oppressive morbid sense of Ecclesiastical futility that looming death has always inspired in the first place, first place. Indeed, even though death is well recognized among the roots of Existential depression in the human condition, nevertheless death itself is still generally simply accepted as inevitable while the practice of Cryonics and research into Radical Life Extension, either no matter how rational, remain not merely uncertain, expensive and inconvenient, but perhaps worse: abstract and intangible. Although, in the alternative, only continued individual survival by whatever means can bring the otherwise somewhat abstract and selflessly altruistic promise of future generations within personal reach, by sharing rather than vacating the world of tomorrow. Immortality meaningless? Sour grapes indeed! Survivor guilt remains the true obstacle. And Integrated Recovery is the answer.
    Only the depths of denial and sheer question begging warrant the following gruesome though succinct belabor of the obvious: There is a general preference for any comfortable, dignified and peaceful end, as for example, to die in one’s sleep and never see it coming, or to pass through some deep altered state of mind in the dying process as if such fascination to the Mystics. No one wants the agony of a mortal wound infected and smelling of death, to shit themselves in blind terror, the tragedy and desperation of lonely terrified regression into childhood crying out for mother. Indeed, what is there nobler than to comfort the dying, except instead to save their lives by any means possible? Death is the ultimate indignity. There really can be no such thing as a dignity in death. Even whatever consolation in going down fighting remains only yet more Ecclesiastical futility and denial, except if you mean it, and may yet triumph!
    Cryonics is experimental. But under the circumstances, so what? What is essentially any worse about Cryonics than a protective coma? After all, protective coma does seem a step closer toward any prospect of human hibernation, if not complete stasis, suspension, of life. For the best answer from mature autonomy in confronting mortality, with nothing left to lose, is to hope, to pursue Radical Life Extension, even to dare experiment at any long shot at Cryonics and delayed resuscitation into reanimation, even so seemingly abstract and intangible, an unprecedented deferred gratification of survival instinct, even without such impossible guarantees as only available by recourse to Fairy Tales of Mysticism and religion and the hereafter. -Then failing that, even such false hope extinguished, taking comfort their equally desperate and popular surrogates, the most nebulous abstractions of sophistry. Deathism remains Mystical if only in stubborn obscurity! That such is allowed to pass as Philosophy!
     
     
    Debunking the hereafter, still
    Mystical explanations are considered profound. The truth is that they are not even superficial.”  — Friedrich Nietzsche

    Never the less, they remain enshrined in taboo:  

     

    Screenwriter Edmund H. North's script for the movie ['The Day the Earth Stood Still'] (itself an adaptation of a 1940 Harry Bates' short story titled "Farewell to the Master") originally called for Klaatu to simply be resuscitated from several hours of clinical death, and thereafter to go about his functionally immortal business.  Unfortunately, the Breen Censorship Board (an autocratic self-censorship mechanism of the movie industry especially active during the cold war years) was scandalized at the idea of Gort bringing Klaatu to life, saying "Only God can do that!"  North's protestation that the movie was science fiction and that the action in question involved genuinely unearthly alien technologies, got nowhere.

     

    Eventually, a compromise was worked out:  Klaatu's invocation of deity and his promise not to live forever were inserted, and the Breen Board, apparently satisfied that it had protected the public from the un-American idea of scientific immortality, withdrew its ban.  The scene remains as a jarring monument to the inability of many people to consider (even in fiction) the idea of dealing with death on any but supernatural terms.

     

    'The Day the Earth Stood Still Cryonics and the Resurrection of the Mythic Hero' by Steven B. Harris

     

    If wings, robes and halos, strumming upon the lyre whist reclining upon cotton candy clouds, seems in our day, cartoonishly absurd, and countless inter-dimensional realms of reincarnation likewise ever more far fetched, then with a quick and superficial update in stage dressing, there is still no end of comforting Rairy Tale supposition, pandering unscientific sophistry to tickle the ears, and special effects to wow the eyes, of Hollywood mass marketed Mystical experience; ever the same trope and cliché no less Epistemologically and Methodologically abusive of doctrinal faith undermining any value in genuine attitudinal faith.
     
    Is the very observation, how tyranny is so pervasive, really very much of an argument to oppose or invalidate democracy? -or just cynical, even misanthropic? Then why is similar even greater non sequitur of Deathism, such silly travesty of genuine Philosophy, even taken so seriously? To begin with, the trite observation of movement in cycles, the transitory nature of all phenomena, that death is natural, is narrow-minded popular platitude du jour of sour grapes and kneejerk of making graceful virtue of necessity, as if everything natural is therefore good or fixed and unchangeable, or that the long and leisurely geological cycles and the quick life in a day of a mayfly, are all much the same in consequence and personal desirability for parameters of survival. Mortality, aging and even death, is of course neither good nor fixed, but conditioned upon no end of other factors and therefore amenable to scientific investigation and technological intervention, indeed as any other natural processes.
     
    And by the further stretch of actually uninvited inference, such appeal to nature, death, as proclaimed as in the movie The Fountain (2006), is the gateway to awe. Such is the notion in application of sympathetic magic, that consciousness expands together with the dissolution of the physical form into the soil, the trees and the wind. A majestic notion indeed, appealing to expansive and riveting sensations and altered states of mind without sense of time, ever tantalizingly beyond normal consciousness. But such claims blatantly violate all common sense of the formal stance, a central idea of modern science, that everything is whatever it is, by integrity of its unique configuration or, Socratically: form. And that consciousness too, is an epiphenomena contingent upon constituent form and function, neurologically.
     
    Eastern Ontologies replete with the myth of the eternal return, of reincarnation and recurrent theme and character in the eternal drama of life, even that after having taken every other form or configuration, finally the individual will re-coalesce, perhaps as circular time repeats itself. Well, if time itself is actually circular, then it's the same single lifespan, no matter changeless infinite repetition, and otherwise, not likely at all.
     
    After all, imagine Dr. McCoy, as usual, grumbling as he steps into the transporter beam. There is a malfunction, the pattern buffer shorts out, and Dr. McCoy never rematerializes! No problem, declares Mr. Scott, switching on the replicator, setting to continually randomize the parameters and repeat indefinitely. As the replicator begins belching forth all manner of random shapes and substances, Scotty rubs his palms together in anticipation: Surely Dr. McCoy will pop out from the replicator any minute now! It's just bound to happen, insists Mr. Scott.
     
    Implausible, of course! And yet here we are asked to pretend to seriously believe that precisely such is how nature really works! But the number of variants conceivable, for everything that exists at any given moment, is infinitely more, even than however infinite the number of everything actually existent at any moment. That makes the odds of random duplication by cyclical return, ever, somewhat poor. Or are we expecting to be bidden back from oblivion by the sheer power of love? For such is typical conflation of Karma with Dharma. Mark Twain observed that while history never repeats, it often rhymes. And yet in truth, even eventuality of mere similarity to any degree at all, much as with procreation, makes for only vicarious satisfaction at all, instead of actual personal survival, such substitution all in order to placate survivor guilt, far better resolvable by recourse to Integrated Recovery, and the sooner the better. The evidence that consciousness is generated by the brain, both however poorly understood, remains overwhelming.
     
     

    A Cryo-evangelical interfaith outreach

     

    Cryo-Zen? Zen arguments in favor of Cryonics and radical life extension

     

    What attachments are more insidiously malignant and unwholesome than those of Deathism? Embrace any prospects of Cryonics and Radical life Extension with unperturbed equanimity. Support the grand mitzvah pf Integrated Recovery out of Buddhist compassion.

     

     

    Epistle to the Theists in imminent critique: Emortalism in the sight of Almighty God?  

     

    Emortality glorifies God

    "Adam" said God, "I look about you, even in your travails, and I see that you are really making headway digesting that bite out of the apple of knowledge. I did try to warn you away from that apple tree. Do you remember how bad was your indigestion at first? You ran screaming from Eden, hallucinating a pursuing angel with a fiery sword! But that was only poor befuddled Prometheus handing you the firebrand." "And for that heresy he was chained to a rock." "No, Adam, it was humankind, pining for Eden, that castigated hapless Prometheus. He eats out his own liver, in unmitigated chagrin! But never fear Adam, for now Prometheus is vindicated: Adam, I am very proud, for soon you will be ready for the next course, the apple of life! You can all be free from the shadow death once more!" "No Lord, I am not worthy. We are unworthy." "Adam, you let me worry about that. Have I not promised salvation?" "No Lord, surely this is another test. I have learned my lesson. I will not trade away salvation." "Oh Adam, how many rainbows must you see before you can trust again? Adam, I can see into your heart, and now you are just sulking!" "Pining for the love of God, passive aggression and sulking is all that we mere mortals can ever know even how to imagine, oh Lord!" And with that, the Lord sighed: "Still no one understands me! Adam, sulk away for as long as you like! Soon death will be no more." "When that finally comes about, I'll just pretend that I never complained!" realized Adam "Lost innocence shall be recovered!" "Prometheus will be jubilant!" grumbled the Lord, sardonically.

     

    Even those most misguided of wretches determined and set forth upon whatever personal road to Damascus, as it where, yea, even in the most virulent persecution against Cryonics, may yet come to their senses! Is the God who brings us to life opportunity and new understanding, some trickster testing our faith, not to take the bait? Or is the God who guides us ever forthright, good and true? Why fear Cryonics and Radical Life Extension, any more than any other uncertain life saving measure that always has the Lord's blessing? Let us never mistake growing pains for looming damnation: What power reserved unto the Lord is never meant for humankind, and what amazing birthright only awaits our dawning maturity? Rather than yielding to any manipulative emotional blackmail in propaganda rationalization of oppression and obstruction, Moralistically and Masochistically shunning all the great gifts of social and technological progress and freedom in such monumentally arrogant ingratitude, instead we should all strive to become more worthy thereof, better organized and proactive thereby to hasten improvement in our lives. For what is the yearning for global peace, but the dream of a world full of people who refuse to die and refuse to kill?

     

    Remember: Every prospective Cryonaut is a trailblazer! Everyone who opts for Cryonics, helps in making it "okay" for others even to dare hope.

     

     

        “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”  Corinthians 15:26

    Let who so has an ear, hear, and and even one eye, only look about them: Does everyone so obsessed with reading prophetic signs and portents, ignore the skies above their heads, and the ominous weather of global warming and climate change? And are they likewise bereft of all sense of history and current events? Lo, if there is a time for all things under heaven, for every task that falls to the human hand, then the time of Cryonics as a fall back in case of whatever personal fatal mishap is already beginning, and Radical Life Extension enfolding the aging cure and practical immortality, is surely nigh as the space age in earnest is finally dawning.

    Oh, why then, do those who believe that God wants us to prosper, to become wealthy and productive, extol faith, perseverance and hard work as partners in creation together and ever closer with the loving God, but those who believe that God intends, as they proclaim that it shall come to pass, to smite down the Angel of Death and raise the dead eternally, therefore extolling in passive submission and humility, discourage the privileged exaltation and inspiration of, to putting it al in such Theistic terms, rising together in quest of harmony with His/Her mysterious ways, to take any active part in unfolding history thereby still be counted among God's elite together striving to advance what must surely be hailed, blessed and praised as God's greatest work for ultimate salvation for all humankind from the woeful tribulation of mortality?

     

     

    Alas, the most obvious assay of motivation remains the surmise of sheer pigheaded monopolistic protection of the opiate of the masses as the only pacifying solace of pious piffle and resignation in the face of human mortality. For shame! Is not the saving of life the very highest priority under Jewish law? What then does it even mean to hold a person's conscious life sacrosanct?

     

    First of all, funeral ceremonial requirements should never take priority even over any long shot at survival. Lincoln Cannon has gone so far as to proclaim that Resuscitation, by Cryonics or Otherwise, Is a Religious Mandate. But many others often argue that individual survival is but one among several high priorities in responsible crisis decision making. Indeed, lives are sacrificed in order to save more lives, or even for the sake of collective survival in cultural identity and environmental preservation. But the average Joe is seldom consulted. One actual competing priority in private life, will be the often exorbitant cost of heroic measures in medicine, a crushing financial burden upon the surviving family. But that shouldn't be a factor, except in case of medical futility. And as argued herein, Cryonics remains the best option in case of medical futility.

     

     “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:20

     

    Indeed, in this case, one might even go so far as to venture that faith without works is death!

     

    Wishing doesn't make it so, nor however should the ubiquitous wishful thinking and outright sour grapes of Deathism (explicitly Theistic or otherwise), the morbid cultural glorification of death, in short: utter despair masquerading as hope springing eternal, obstruct attainment of desires and even survival. Martyrdom is to be bourn courageously as ever may befall, but never sought for, not actively nor by passive sins of omission. And that's a fine line. 

     

    Alas that the solace of coming to terms with mortality, emotionally battered into submission to grim inevitability, is so hard won as to inspire the secret terror that even the very glimmer of hope in Radical Life Extension might refresh and enliven long lurking despair out from hitherto rationalization and deep denial into the unconscious, freshly welling back again into conscious suffering dread.

     

    "All is vanity. There is no new thing under the sun" comes the lamentation of the preacher as recounted by Ecclesiastes, in such monumental ennui at life of lonely sore travail, long and empty. Yet to insist that life, like any other material goods or economic resources on the market, must be scarce in order to retain value, only strives to obfuscate the most cynical denial of the moment by moment, remembered or anticipated individual personal end user value of life all in its own right, or continued positive impact in the world, much less even the supreme or paramount value of life. But the hope which Ecclesiastes finally latches onto, is in values no less eternal for humanity, than the blazing sun in the blue sky. Two or better yet, three, are stronger than one for heat and help, and a live dog is better than a dead lion. And so, we soldier on. -until paradise, or simply until tomorrow and indeed, many new things under the sun given any patience.

     

    For those who maintains, in the words of John Gillespie Magee, Jr. that: God is my copilot” then how most exaltedly best to glorify Him? For to quote Epicurus: “Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.” Even in most fervent supplication for succor from On High to the most helpless and not only those that help themselves, dare one therefore like unto the pious Ludite in wringing their hands and rubbing the book of scripture as though Aladdin's Lamp, simply presume upon miraculous Divine Intervention? What hope or faith at all be vested in whatever entirely sanguine and passive sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life [The Anglican English Book of Common Prayer] if indeed the resurrection be deemed certain and preordained? "Sure and certain hope" is oxymoronic! For what need can there be of hope in any sure thing or certainty? Is it not more noble and sublime, first of all, to rise, aspire and strive for ones own strength and clarity in whatever comfort of prayer or meditation? Indeed is there not a better example for us all in the mariner resolved in finding himself set sail upon uncertain seas, who takes heart and gives his all to the task with every means at his disposal, and who by that act of faith is said to put themselves in God's hands and thereby the utmost to glorify Him in the noblest works of humanity? What truer act of faith is there than Cryonics? Take a chance! What is there to lose? Support the grand mitzvah of Integrated Recovery.

     
     
    Graceful dying?

     

    “It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.”

     

    Epicurus (Quoted in Epicurus, 1967)

     

    Those who have experienced dying second hand, by witnessing the transformation that comes over the psyche of a dying person, those who by friendship, by relating to the dying with compassion and respect, and who are even seduced thereby, indeed even concluding that there is something that they have indeed thereby observed, are actually correct as far as that goes: dying is something. Any near death experiences, whether one recovers or not, whether one may skirt oblivion or ultimately succumb, Phenomenally, near death experiences unfolding, are tautologically experiences no less than any other experiences, and may even be deemed profound, by whatever criteria of profundity. It is said that because of how dying can be misunderstood by such metaphors of life, as of how death grows within the dying person, indeed as cancer, that is alive and actually does grow, that perhaps together with wishful thinking, confusion sets in so that dying and death actually seem somehow pregnant and life bearing, with or without fantasy of hereafter for which suicides may actually be known, symbolically perhaps, to pack their bags. Indeed, there is a transformation, a passage. But that hardly rules out that it is a passage to nowhere and to nothing. Perhaps the dying are wont to cope by classic Freudian identification with the persecutor, in this case, mythologically thinking, Death himself. And in poetical ambiguity or polysemy, the line blurs between bearer or agency of death and essential telos thereof, final cause or aim, being the cessation of the condition of living. But there can be no such thing as nothingness as an entity. Nothing is nothing. Nothingness is the empty set. And death itself, being dead, inert, lifeless, no matter the process thereto, is nothing, the extinction of consciousness, the end. So, even if the near death experience truly strives, opens and grows towards anything ineffable, just as any other life and thought, whatever that is, if ever achieved, even whatever mysterious sense of eternity, is intimately nevertheless and nonetheless transitory as any other satori, and dies as well forever and is lost, ending all the more completely along with life itself.

     

    Even without overt hallucination, the private long goodbye, ongoing intensely lonely introverited intimacy with gradual bodily deterioration and the innately Mystical profound inward turning even anally retentive self involvement with dying often brings about those very changes in attitudes and values that are so prized of Zen Mysticism that quests for emptiness extolling apathy while cursing desire and hope. Therefore, can we then be so parochial as to dismiss the sincere conviction so often attendant upon an altered value system that must be deemed as innate to the human condition as eventual dying itself? In a word: Yes.

     

    Obviously, psychological adaptation to dying, is otherwise survival impaired, even Masochistic and self destructive. Let us never abandon our fellows, or console them to meek resignation, but bear one another up should we fall, and strive to save and protect those who sicken and become vulnerable, even unto erosion of the very appetite to live that is the first thing to return with restored health and sane autonomy. Even the most dispirited terminal patient recognizes the efforts to save their lives as love, and appreciates the gesture, even if they have lost the initiative to reach out for help and cooperate. Becoming so profoundly frightened, beaten and submissive, even if that finally gives them whatever false sense of peace, what they may often need is actually to be given permission somehow, especially by an authority figure that they have come to depend upon. Likewise, there are those who appreciate the gesture of Cryonics as a contingency, but being mortal, thus even in preconscious sheer anticipatory identifications with the helpless regression into childhood and heteronomy of dying, already need anything the likes of Integrated Recovery in order to afford them the sense of moral permission. That's what love is: Love and respect, among other things, first of all, encourage well being and survival. Let no one say otherwise. What emerges, then, is that how very taboo notion of practical immortality and the eradication of death, truly opens subtle new frontiers of consciousness in autonomy: the challenge to imagine no longer identifying as mortal. Indeed, what is the yearning for peace, but the dream of a world full of people who refuse to die and refuse to kill? For such is the next step forward comparable to the difference between infection, squalor and ignorance amid the black plague, and living in modern affluence, sanitation and comfort with full health care. Or can we seriously imagine that at this stage, at the cusps of unprecedented medical and biotechnical advance, that progress will somehow grind to some near halt, preserving all the ills of the familiar human condition along with all of our complacent parochialism?

     

    Indeed, typical of Deathist sentiment is a certain Zen admiration for graceful death of animals, how loving pets make their goodbyes and become consumed with the work of dying. For other animals than the human species, are unselfconscious and without time binding consideration of past and future scenario planning as characteristic of the human ego. Nevertheless, innocence is once again vastly overrated. For in truth a dying animal, to begin with feeling increasingly run down just physically, all the more therefore simply becomes understandably depressed with their impending fate, that they do, it would seem, at all experience any intimation of what lies in store. And what really shows how sensible animals can be, is that should the animal instead recover, then there is no sign of any yearning for death in a frisky pet very much relieved to survive their ordeal! And that is what should be our lesson in context. Animals do not seek for meaning where this no particular meaning, and therefore never mistake clinical depression for the Existential variety. Indeed, what other animal than human beings ever hesitates to draw breath so long as they remain adequately healthy? Given the fait accompli, finally we won't, really.

    Medicine may soon be capable of selective removal or suppression of memories, on demand. Amnesia, if it could only be had, would spare one from the pain of loss, but memories may be all one has left of any past happiness! And death, the end of
    consciousness, is bereft even of thought at all. Any wish for death, immediate or eventual, or perhaps instead merely if not for amnesia, then sublime apathy, is sheer escapism, the yearning to end suffering which is natural. But the most radical pain management strategy of whatever mode of annihilation cannot be the preferred solution, despite the manifest efficiency and availability as ever the craven cynics are so quick to point out. Suicide and death, like rape and violence, are grand dramatic themes romanticized in fantasy spoiled by excessive realism. Deathism simply panders to the yearning for escape, generally a fantasy more safely and productively processed Psychodynamically than ever taken lightly and blithely enacted, even passively howsoever by simply allowing nature run its course into terminal aging.

     

    In truth, what is attendant upon the appropriateness of grief, suffering that persists with whatever the injurious cause thereof, therefore valued as useful, even howsoever aversive, as often highly beneficial and meaningful motivation, is the impulse of expression, a desire no less that such relief cannot actually be called pleasurable. That and the yearning for understanding. There is no self salvation, no dignified exit. Barring intolerable suffering with no hope to give any reasonable point in delaying the inevitable, suicide only comes from dispirited self pity filling that void of yearned for understanding. And even the latter case of the worst suffering, may nevertheless actually be the more motivated by the sense of isolation because no one seems to comprehend their extreme plight, than by the relief from any other adversity. Actually, death may often be a release more for onlookers who really can't be bothered, those malignant angels of death. For in the words of Simone Weil: “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” 

     

    When a dying person ceases to display agitation, this may be interpreted as the dawning of inner peace as Earthly cares begin to fade away, at the very least: comfortably numb. Or actually have they have sunken into an abyss of despair? Perhaps much as with lost innocence, likely resignation too is simply over rated by the angels of death, those who encourage discouragement as the end looms near in the conditionality of their dubious comfort to the most desperate and alone. For quiete defeat is conflated with peace and therefore cherished over desperation and despair. Such are those angels of death, friends, family and care professionals alike, those angels of death ever present for throwing anvils to the drowning, that they may clutch for cold comfort on the way down, and not even straws of hope for them to grasp.

     

    For indeed drowning men are said to grasp at straws, straws that with foresight may woven into raft even for many a dauntless mariner who have braved that angry dark sea of annihilation. And is not such a raft Cryonics? Just don't put it off for too long...

     

     

    Graceful striving!

     

    The individual ought to endure - for a life rightly lived is never rightly ended.”  R.M. Perry, Ph.D.

     

    Cryonics is the ultimate heroic measure in the striving to save lives, the last resort beyond all other last resort, the proverbial hail Mary pass, the veritable prayer if not to Jude, patron saint of the impossible, then instead, whatever hopeful investment in sheer possibility of engineering feasibility. Some argue that first further advances in cryopreservation technology are required. Indeed, the same may be said of cancer medicine, though no one would dare such murderously contemptuous dismissal, because, obviously, so many have found themselves without the luxury of time to wait. Therefore we must be ready to make best use of tools currently available. Even the most significant differences between chemotherapy and Cryonic Suspension are moot as regards this single fundamental parallel. Of course, the success of any round of chemotherapy in staving off impending death from cancer, can be seen soon enough thereafter. Whereas, the success of Cryonics, being the hoped for delayed resuscitation out from Cryonic Suspension into healthy reanimation and cure, will remain on hold indefinitely. -That's rather the point: Buying time for the requisite technological progress. For what is more precious than time, and what is more powerful than progress? Only life (the process of consciousness) and hope! Both chemo/radiation therapy and Cryonics are heroic measures and remain uncertain. And so, the criticism against Cryonics because the results can only come in the future, is actually nothing more or less than an aversion to deferred gratification in very principle! How immature and petulant. But then, such is often the natural effect of the mortality and the abiding terror of death: regression into childhood, vulnerable to heteronomy. In the alternative, Camus recommends that it is better and nobler to remain unreconciled with death. Say, what? Dead, am I? Cryonics is just a way of seeking second opinion from better qualified more advanced medicine of the future, even as to the diagnosis of death!

     

    Epistemologically and Methodologically, heteronomy rejects all real and uncertain hope, demanding instead, impossible guarantee such as in religion, or failing that, despairs into Nihilism, and even then therefore still typically strives to quell doubt viewed as weakness, often by sheer commitment as measured by all manner of personal investment and self sacrifice, whereas autonomy striving in uncertainty, nevertheless to solve problems and improve life, instead embraces fallibility and seeks to dispel doubt by investigation and experiment. Thus Heteronomy is notoriously reluctant to relinquish any position no matter how bleak, until manifestly untenable, and even then, only surreptitiously. Any prejudice such as Racism or Sexism never stands out but actually fades from notice within the bigoted milieu or setting, and it is much the same with Deathism here and now. Perhaps out of sheer decidophobia, more common milder degrees of Deathism are purposefully designed so as to allow gradual and surreptitious progress, but without surrender of all manner of investment in complacency of status quo, instead to the investment and opportunity, of hope and desire implicit to open embarkation upon the anxiety provoking experimental fallible uncertainty of anything as yet seemingly so distant in abstraction as of practical immortality.

     

    Hence even the taboos against Cryonics and Radical Life Extension may be regarded as only a special application of the much broader taboo upon relevance itself and even upon hope at all, so blithely dismissed as pipedream for wont of prior authoritative foundation or justification. But it is precisely the rational capacity for abstract reasoning along with every beneficial accomplishment therefrom, that differentiates the human condition, and embrace whereof that defines Humanism.

     
    Will the future be a good place? Seriously? Better than what, death? Who would refuse to bail out from a sinking ship, even if the only lifeboat where a leaky time machine into the future? But the future unfolding from the advent of Radical Life Extension, is simply the same ever changing world we already live in, minus aging. And the future with the technology to restore frozen and pickled people to life, will be nothing short of amazing! We can, therefore, be optimistic or at least curious. Progress means that human needs will be better met, and all manner of privation of our time will become virtually unfathomable. But more than this, exploration of the universe and direct technological impact upon the very human condition, has only begun. How can people already be so timid and blasé? What has become of our pioneering Hedonism?
     
    Raising awareness and changing thinking seems so crucial to quicker much needed progress because, thus far, none of the hoopla even of the most momentous scientific breakthrough ever quite seems to reach the front page. Indeed, even bearing in mind astounding recent developments in the partial reversal of aging achieved in mice not to mention exciting promise in mitochondrial antioxidant development, it bears mention at this juncture, how, simply because of the multidimensional complexity of the problem of aging, rather than exploding onto the scene dramatically, it remains just as likely that new treatment and even cure first for the various aspects of declining health with age and only thereafter the first glimmer of Radical Life Extension, may more gradually manifest in the public eye via what will only be perceived and accepted as the steady advancement of Geriatrics. The questions are begged: Suppose, say, that you discovered that you would eventually hibernate instead of dying naturally, would you commit suicide simply in order to prevent future revival into full health ad vigor? If you had eternal youth, would you actually take poison simply in order to begin aging? Would you do it like Andrew Martin in Isaac Asimov's 'Bicentennial Man', out of sheer desperation for recognition? Many sacrifice their lives, and take others down with them, only to win the admiration of their peers. Seriously: Exactly what dire readjustment in the world of tomorrow, will be so much worse than any of our contemporary vexations? How is oblivion truly preferable? By enlarge, Ludites exhibit the poorest appreciation or sense of history. Therefore, in the end, far from histrionic future shock, those now in most Ludite phobic denial of so momentous impending change in the very human condition, will have become the most jaded and blasé, forgetful of the past, blithely inured to change, and never come even remotely to appreciate neither our good fortune nor the ramifications thereof. heteronymous fear of upsetting the social order will yield, and the public will accept practical immortality and even cryonics, when they feel that the social order has absorbed and neutralized the novelty. "More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must die “the worm at the core” of the human condition" motivating such pervasive denial simply in order to cope, according to terror management theory. Indeed, Roen Horn expounds upon the vivid parallels between Deathism & Stockholm syndrome. But in many cases, even Stockholm syndrome begins to abate once captivity ends.
     
    So, who wants to cheat death and live forever? Everyone, really!
     
    Mokokoma Mokhonoana complains: “You need to be greedy or ignorant to truly want to live forever.” Were that truly the case, then I might still recommend greed over ignorance. Indeed, again to quote Mokokoma Mokhonoana: “Even those who want to go to heaven would rather kill than be killed.”

    “If we had an immortality pill, the demand for it would be instant and overwhelming and I’ve noticed that in myself, with all my ambivalence, when I read a newspaper story or exciting journal article in this field and suddenly that goal seems plausible, I can tell the world would look very different to me and to everyone if you could go to drug store and buy those pills tomorrow. I really don’t think we would hold back, or governments could hold us back.”

     

    Jonathan Weiner interview

     

     

    “Human tool-makers always make tools that will help us get what we want, and what we want hasn't changed for thousands of years because as far as we can tell the human template hasn't changed either. We still want the purse that will always be filled with gold, and the Fountain of Youth. We want the table that will cover itself with delicious food whenever we say the word, and that will be cleaned up afterwards by invisible servants. We want the Seven-League Boots so we can travel very quickly, and the Hat of Darkness so we can snoop on other people without being seen. We want the weapon that will never miss, and the castle that will keep us safe. We want excitement and adventure; we want routine and security. We want to have a large number of sexually attractive partners, and we also want those we love to love us in return, and be utterly faithful to us. We want cute, smart children who will treat us with the respect we deserve. We want to be surrounded by music, and by ravishing scents and attractive visual objects. We don't want to be too hot or too cold. We want to dance. We want to speak with the animals. We want to be envied. We want to be immortal. We want to be gods. But in addition, we want wisdom and justice. We want hope. We want to be good.

     

    Margaret Atwood, ‘In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination’

    And the proposed strategy of optional universal coverage for Cryonic Neurosuspension (or perhaps neuroplasination?) under Integrated Recovery, recommends the wisdom of best facilitating hope of personal practical immortality by the greatest good for others as served by cadaverous donation.

     

    'WATERSHIIP DOWN' "No, we need dignity, and above all, the will to accept our fate." (Instead of the drive to live and new tricks for cheating death.)

     

     

     

    Deathism: The passive suicide pact of the Bio-Luddites

    Because death is so good for you! So good we gotta share!

     

    “To die, and to be dead, that must be glorious!”   Count Dracula

     

    This entire addendum on Deathism only strives in further attempt first of all to fathom, then to rebut, the prevalent and frankly mystifyingly misanthropic unserious decoy objections to Cryonics and Radical Life Extension and in preservation instead of status quo mortality under deepest despair masquerading as hope itself.

     

     

    Kindness to animals and the prospect of meat without animal suffering? Brief digression into another innovative new business model:

    Temple Grandon famously declares than animals make us human. How so? By bonding under our nurture, or by dying at our hand? Or is the secret thrill in the combination thereof, and in the anticipatory Masochism of going the way of all flesh ourselves? Can it be that humane sensibility is precisely what Deathism, indeed: death worship, truly so abhors? Has the Nihilistic dark catharsis of animal sacrifice simply gone underground both into the meat industry and into the collective unconscious? The very thought can only elicit redeeming Existential disgust. And so, what is to be done?

    Vegetarianism is not sweeping the world. Vegetarianism only washes the vegetarians' own hands of guilt. Existential good faith demands due acknowledgment of the Absurdity of how Vegetarianism doesn't really help the livestock very much. Nor need we wait upon pending advancements in vitro meat tissue culture or: shmeat*, because, fortunately, there is already an entirely feasible much safer and simpler immediate piecemeal engineering solution, than mass conversion to vegetarianism pending shmeat*, just staring us in the face: So, why wait? Given that because of the needs of mass production, livestock in battery farms must suffer such miserable penned up immobility awaiting their fate, then why not bring modern ranching to its logical conclusion? Why shouldn't livestock from hence forth be caused, by invention to stunt the development of higher brain centers, to be born into a permanent vegetative state, braindead? It's only the decent thing to do.

    After all: There is nothing that confined and immobilized penned up food animals in battery farms need to do anymore for themselves. All that animal consciousness provides for any longer in mass production animal husbandry for meat and eggs, let alone any proposed more exotic medical applications requiring genetically engineered livestock, is only needless suffering all around. Moreover, feed, maintenance, sanitation and therefore endangered public health, will all be vastly simplified at considerable savings, and butchery will become innocuous, a boon to the currently beleaguered conditions of mental health for labor in the slaughter house. Then the only farm animal consciousness will be of placid and tended to dairy livestock along with the pampered denizens of petting zoos. Wouldn't that be nice?

     --footnotes --
    * SPACE  

     

      SCIENCE

      Food of the Future: Fish Flesh Grown without the Fish

     

    From:  Artificial Rabbit Penises, In Vitro Meat, and Other Breakthroughs in Tissue Engineering  

    In Vitro Meat – Money may never grow on trees, but meat can grow in labs nowadays. Scientists already have the capability to grow synthetic meat tissue or in vitro meat (IVM) from animal cells, but the cost is currently too prohibitive for it to be used widely. Plus there is the problem that many recoil from the idea of eating lab-grown meat. But as the cost comes down and as public awareness of the food industry's practices grows, aversion to IVM might also diminish. From better safeguarding the environment, healthier and tastier food, and acceding to the moral antipathy towards killing animals for their meat, this technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we live.

     
    Point being how we really feel, deep down, and how in human affairs, we can generally do better and happier, quite simply, without death. And this is Empirical observation, not futurological forecast. Death is not necessary, nor is death in any way our friend, even in vanquishing our foes or feeding us through the much benighted cycle of life. Of course, even to say this takes liberty with expressive figures of anthropomorphism and Pathetic Fallacy, because only people can truly be held to account for conditionality. To wit, leave us face the truth that despite our higher intelligence and awareness, we have domesticated ourselves no less than our animals.
     
    And well may we ask: Where does that leave us? Answer: With the responsibility for deciding our own civilized condition, troubled conscience and mercy to ourselves no less than for the domestic animal life in our charge. 
     
     
    Sheeple to the slaughter
     
    Should any doubt endure the already vivid historical lessons as of the Holocaust, and as further attested by fearful urban mythology that organ donors will be denied full treatment, in order to kill them in order to harvest their scarce organs, allegorical trope of lambs (or sanctimonious tribal rabbits, or docile English organ donor clones cuing up like good little Brits!) to the slaughter all drive home the point that blithely meek resignation in the face of death is a disturbing ideology, and rightly so. Indeed, perhaps the most pervasive, frightful and strident of Masochistic Moralistic taboo remains Deathism, the acquiescent resignation and even outright glorification of death as not so bad or even wonderfully good, indeed even as some sort of selfless moral imperative.
     
    And Deathism actually finds the sheer kneejerk temerity to denounce Cryonics as morbid!
     
    “The nature of a novel is that it has no opinions, only the dialectic of contrary views, some of which, all of which, may be untenable and even silly.”
     
    — Anthony Burgess  
     
    WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH - and leave us not forget: Death is glorious Life Eternal! The first rule of propaganda pandering, is that anything can most readily be either glamorized or vilified, formulaically, so that in the slippery slide from willing suspension of disbelief into the tenacity of utter credulity, vivid illustration takes on the very semblance of airtight convincing demonstration. After all, seeing is believing, as the old platitude goes, but ultimately, it is the mind and not the eye that sees. Never mind what history really teaches us. In the vivid pandering of unfettered propaganda fantasy that pretends all manner of daring and provocative perspective, slaves can be happy, totalitarianism efficient and humane, and even wild sex a real drag, until the protagonist finds God! Even life and survival can be made wearisome and disgusting, heightened and ecstatic only by the thrill of self destruction, so that death itself may be extolled as transcendent and beatific release from all cares and woe, indeed in ultimate crowning fulfillment of the Zen Mystic's quest for futility, committed sacrifice making way for return to innocence in generations to come.
     
    And thus is the greatest compassionate nobility of comforting the dying is indeed all too often monstrously perverted by any trace or subtext of conditionality. For reciprocally stalling and peer pressuring one anther unto death is indeed monstrous and abominable. "More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must die “the worm at the core” of the human condition" motivating such pervasive denial simply in order to cope. "More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must die “the worm at the core” of the human condition" motivating such pervasive denial simply in order to cope. Indeed, Roen Horn expounds upon the vivid parallels between Deathism & Stockholm syndrome. Behold the the cruelty and depraved indifference of all such cult like\ exhortation to willful positivity, often demanding the embrace of misfortune, illness, injury, loss of gainful employment, yes even dying and death, all extolled as a journey and a blessing! How cruel and lonely, how bereft of all animal compassion, to deny those who suffer, even dying cancer patients, their fear and anguish, and all in such pigheaded heteronomy to relentlessly willful positivity!
     
    Indeed, are worst amongst Deathists, those casual "Angels of Death," clinicians, friends and family, soothing and comforting the terminal slowly crumbling in their despair to go quietly and comfortably without agitation, or just those exasperated doctors and bureaucrats, eager to be rid of the most aggravating and vulnerable of the psychiatrically impaired among the dying, abusing such patient's desperate trust by pressing them to relinquish even such simple maintenance as intravenous hydration? After all, Nihilistic resignation and sublime apathy are so widely exhorted as they key to life in the first place! Yes, great is the power over the human psyche of myth for good or ill, to revolutionize or to canonize social attitudes, to inspire tenacious hope, true or false, either towards action and inspiration or else into taboo and status quo inertia.
     
    Sour grapes excuses for death may be deemed understandable given the formerly intractable human condition of inevitable mortality from time immemorial, but now circumstances are finally changing. If the aphorism is true, and freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose, then why, nevertheless, such paralysis obsessing for wont of impossible guarantees? Of necessity, we experiment with life and death continually. Why not make every best effort openly and responsibly? Why are experimental drugs, no matter how highly effective but still pending approval, withheld even from the imminently terminal? Precisely what are they being protected from? Indeed one such medicine is Halsa Pharmaceutical's Zinc Alpha 2 Glycoprotein blocker, to counter the run away production from tumors that brings about cachexia. And we have all been acquainted with people who have so horrifically wasted away from cancer.
     
    Once doctors in America where often arrogant, rampant and unaccountable, even to their professional peers closing ranks in mutual protection. But now we have the opposite problem. Only the most courageous dare stick out their necks at all. Opposing camps of doctors subvert authority in order to persecute one another, instead of conducting scientific experiment and controversy. Doctors live in terror of the own tyrannical examiners boards, however qualified medically, often arrogant, rampant and unaccountable, if not actually intimidating bullies prone to abuse of power, then at best nonetheless so clearly untrained, unconcerned and unfit for what is a judicial process and sensitive responsibility. There remain however two exceptions, two kinds of doctors unbowed nevertheless: For the outright career criminals in medicine are in the end answerable only to the police and the courts, while at all short thereof, the worst malpractitioners are typically too burnt out to notice or care about the regulators who, after all, tend to ignore rather than to redeem or to punish the true burnt out malpractitioners. All in all, the practice of medicine has become such an HMO cookie cutter operation. Doctors may deem themselves exceptional for keeping abreast of approved therapies, but never research or discovery, actually happy to be kept in the dark, because their number one priority is to avoid controversy. Hence, with routine and livelihood and careers to protect and families to feed, their foremost responsibility is to remain heteronymous and perpetually irresponsible. In any better spirit of autonomy appropriate for dealing with institutions that are both indispensible and dysfunctional, they should be far more activist and democratic, taking part in their own community of peers, organizing and agitating for improvement within medicine in behalf of their patients, instead of abandoning us, simply leaving us to our own devices. But who has time?
     
    As a generality, no doubt that the time and expense of lengthy and convoluted safety approval process stifles competition and innovation even in the very domain of safety itself! But what about protection of the vulnerable public? Those haughty Radical Libertarian Social Darwinists who decry all nanny state intervention, advocating instead, complete freedom for natural selection so that fools may eliminate themselves, seldom imagine how they themselves often resemble that very remark! Instead, to be realistic, one among many more nuanced problems is how the Food and Drug Administration and equivalent regulators around the world, follow a mandate of approving therapies for safety in their own right. But that alone is actually irresponsible, taking part in the myth of inherency. Safety in do more inherent than any other aspect of circumstance, but contexted in any larger situation. Indeed, it may well be that the authorities are accomplishing as much harm as help, by doing exactly as they are supposed to. Scientific results, conclusions from experiment and research, may ever be deemed conclusive, however one sets the bar. And yet it remains that nothing can ever be truly certain. But what remains even the more complicated and salient, is how responsible decisions can follow only from weighing whatever preponderance of known evidence in the assay of projected cost and risk versus benefit at any given moment in time. The risks and benefits of providing any treatment option under any range of foreseeable circumstances, must weighed against those of howsoever withholding it, and also compared to those of whatever other available options. Moreover, the time needed for testing and whatever approval process, must be estimated, with the cost and dangers of such possible and likely delay estimated and considered. But none of this is even pondered, at least not routinely and systematically.
     
    The malaise that is Deathism
     
    “Immortality - a fate worse than death.”  Edgar A Shoaff
    Indeed, why does anyone prefer mystical or stoical striving towards quiescent acceptance of status quo to arousal and hope in Humanist progress and change for the better by overcoming adversity? Answer: Because heteronomy to the former introverited strategy in striving more directly assuage unpleasant emotion, is therefore so evangelically extolled and proselytized as more reliable, being entirely within individual power as well as societal approval. Denial, emotional survival instinct, often overwhelms true relevantly extroverted survival instinct. When desire and value are kept dormant by denial mechanisms of sheer willful of failure of imagination, no yearning beyond status quo is allowed to awaken, merely put out of mind. Deathism is suicidal escapism from the dread of futile and meaningless lives.
     
    Sheeple reconciled with death are dignified and comforted by knowing ones place, as if such where ever changeless. For the embrace of progress is not hubris but the appropriate humility to inevitable fallibility, and realization, with due respect and apology to Ben Franklin, that not even death and taxes can remain certain forever, because, as Heraclitus realized, chance is the only true constant. Suicide and death, like rape and violence, are grand dramatic themes romanticized in fantasy spoiled by excessive realism. Deathism simply panders to the yearning for escape, generally a fantasy more safely and productively processed Psychodynamically than ever taken lightly and blithely enacted, even passively howsoever by simply allowing nature run its course into terminal aging.

    Relative and sufficient peace with ourselves is perhaps braver even that the Transhunanist aspiration to god-like social and technological evolution. And hope in fallible progress is the greater challenge to faith, than all precisely such reconciliation and resignation as so often rationalized by clumsy abstraction to the effect of implicit limitation by duration, even upon the very value or motivating desire for survival. Such a gloomy outlook is even less prudent than the historic and persistent lack of foresight into the explosive demand for computing and telecommunications that was imminent. -fresh new demand for hither to unimagined novelty.

     

    The psychopathology of Deathism

     

    Suicide and death, like rape and violence, are grand dramatic themes romanticized in fantasy spoiled by excessive realism. And the passive self aggression, of simply allowing nature and aging to run their course, may appeal to decidophobia. Deathism simply panders to the yearning for escape, generally a fantasy more safely and productively processed Psychodynamically than ever taken lightly and blithely enacted, even passively howsoever by simply allowing nature run its course into terminal aging. Deathism assumes that boredom and ennui, that are a part of life, are cumulative over time, whereas, rather it is novelty and progress that accumulates over longer stretches of time, ever more profoundly. The anti-intellectualism of the Zen condemns the loss of innocence as characterized by the very capacity for subjective inner refection. Perhaps the true downside more specifically, is the capacity for melancholia and suicidal brooding, or worst and even more specifically, any such as the misguided succor of assisted suicide for extreme depression in the Netherland. In In the struggle against whatever deepest grief, let alone mere boredom, surely the embrace of death should come only as very last resort, not determined routine fallback!

     

    Deathism, the sentimental morbid glorification of death. For whatever desperate solace of whatever fantasies or rationalizations, explicitly religious or otherwise, is no longer even arguably harmless. For Deathism is to any dawning prospect of Radical Life Extension, much less to the ultimate heroic measures that are Cryonics, what Christian Science is to all life saving Medicine! More over, if death isn't so bad, what can be terribly wrong about murder, especially as via Deathist propaganda pandering, by manipulative taboo, pressure and persuasion alone? Ob the contrary, such is the appropriateness of grief to the harm of death and loss, that we are compelled to remember the dead because we need to. As Mark Twain: observed, funerals are for the living. Only the bereaved may seek for whatever solace. The only possibility at all of ever actually helping the dead remains with Cryonics.
     
    Perhaps in truth that oft praised dignified face in confronting death, after all, is a matter of courtesy to onlookers, so as not to alarm the other sheeple! For in truth, is it not actually themselves whom those Moloch worshiping angels of death so struggle to comfort? How cruel is the demand for willful positivity, to strip away from the suffering, even the validity of their own grief instead even of sharing their sorrow and showing understanding with compassion, ultimately not by consolation alone, but by the life affirmation of taking any possible measure improve matters if at all possible.
     

    Do people want only to avoid or blot out the emotion of sadness, or don't we actually desire to prevent and to avoid or at least minimize actual misfortune? Pain persists until cause is removed and injury healed. Negative emotion, even howsoever aversive, is often highly beneficial and meaningful motivation. For even though nowadays many threats are psychological rather than physical, the same primitive impulse to destroy the threat yet arises. And the ability to quickly discern friend from foe is essential to survival because mistaking either can be deadly. Disgust motivates the avoidance of all that which is toxic and corruptive. Contempt distances one from the unworthy. Suffering mobilizes escape from harm while pity thereof raises alarm and succor. Fear of death is the good sign of life! And there can be no happiness except in life, and no profit in simply giving up a-priori.

    The glorification of abject surrender is characteristic of Nihilistic corruption of the instinctual will to power and survival exactly as bewailed by Nietzsche in The Antichrist. “I call an animal, a species, an individual corrupt, when it loses its instincts, when it chooses, when it prefers, what is injurious to it. [...] the values of decadence, of nihilism, now prevail under the holiest names.”

     

    Deathism is a pure faith, the residue of Mysticism and religion, even without advancing any Ontology, making any assertions about reality. As we have seen, a baffling range of other intellectualizations and apologetics of denial can be employed instead. Does Deathism then envy the hope and courage to defy death as manifest in Radical Life Extension research and the practice of Cryonics? Or is it worse than that? It is said that even despair must be livened by even so much as a glimmer of hope. Perhaps what Deathism actually so abhors in such anathema, is the risk of becoming inspired by the example of Radical Life Extension research and the practice of Cryonics, and losing their own heteronymously hard won solace. Why then so disrespect their heartfelt convictions, and risk robbing anyone of such a treasure? Obviously, to stop them from sharing it! To help stave off such proselytizing and the infection of resignation. To save all of our lives, if at all possible. For prevailing Deathism is defensive denial, malignant, weird and dangerous. Deathism is the psychological barrier to long term survival and progress. Bah humbug then, and a long over due decent burial, to Deathism! Because all such convoluted denial can only undermine responsible action towards survival, happiness and well being.

     

     

     

     

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