“Cryonics magazine introduced me to Alcor and cryonics at its best back in 1983. The visions and technological breakthroughs that you will read about in this book continue to shape Alcor’s mission to preserve life through science.”
— Max More, Ph.D., President and CEO of Alcor
“Society’s failure to take cryonics seriously is a tragedy that is probably costing countless lives. Alcor, notably via its magazine, is leading the fight to change that.”
— Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., Biomedical Gerontologist and Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation
“Alcor appears to be the leading organization in the application of cryonics in medicine. I’m proud to be a part of this effort.”
— Michael D. West, Ph.D., Stem Cell Scientist and Chief Executive Officer of BioTime, Inc.
Cryonics is an experimental medical procedure that uses ultra-low temperatures to put critically ill people into a state of metabolic arrest to give them access to medical advances of the future. Since its inception in the early 1960s, the practice of cryonics has moved from a theoretical concept to an evidence-based practice that uses emergency medical procedures and modern vitrification technologies to eliminate ice formation.
Preserving Minds, Saving Lives offers an ambitious collection of articles about cryonics and the Alcor Life Extension Foundation. From its humble beginnings in 1972, and its first human cryonics patient in 1976, Alcor has grown to a professional organization with more than 1,000 members, more than 140 human patients, and more than 50 pets, all awaiting a chance to be restored to good health and continue their lives.
This 570-page book presents some of the best cryonics writings from Cryonics magazine from 1972 to 2012. There are clear expositions of the rationale behind cryonics, its scientific validation, and the evolution of Alcor procedures. Also covered are repair and resuscitation scenarios, philosophical issues associated with cryonics, and debates within the cryonics community itself.
Foreword: Cryonics and Hope, by Gregory Benford, Ph.D.
Introduction, by Stephen W. Bridge
WHAT IS CRYONICS?
HISTORY OF CRYONICS
HISTORY OF ALCOR
RESEARCH IN CRYONICS
ALCOR PROCEDURES AND TECHNOLOGIES
RESCUSCITATION OF CRYONICS PATIENTS
PERSPECTIVES ON CRYONICS
DEBATES WITHIN CRYONICS
Afterword, by Aschwin de Wolf
Biographies of Contributors