A-2858 became Alcor’s 184th patient in July 2021

A-2858 was a 65-year-old female who had whole body arrangements. Legal death was declared in Minnesota, USA in July 2021 after a daily check by the hospice nurse. Due to the delay in Alcor learning of legal death, cryoprotective perfusion was not feasible. After a straight freeze by strategic partner International Cryomedicine Experts, the patient was transported to Alcor for cryogenic cooldown.

A full case report is being prepared.

A-1845 became Alcor’s 183rd patient in July 2021

A-1845 was an 83-year-old male with neuro cryopreservation arrangements. Legal death was declared in Florida, USA in July 2021. Notification was such it was only possible for one team member to arrive before pronouncement.  After an abbreviated stabilization and field neuro cryoprotection by strategic partner International Cryomedicine Experts (ICE), the patient was transported to Alcor for cryogenic cooldown.

A full case report is being prepared.

Preferred Life Extension Language

In a recent informal survey, I asked what terms people preferred to indicate not only that you want to live not only longer than average, but longer than the current human maximum. That term or another might also be used to indicate that you support an organized effort to enable anyone who wants it to live possibly centuries or more in excellent health. Saying, “I want to live longer” does not convey the intended meaning adequately.  Perhaps the most common term for this is “life extension” or “extended life”.

Out of around three dozen responses, “life extension” was the most popular choice. As expected, almost no one favored “immortality” with several people noting that it was not literally correct and probably impossible and also had distracting connotations. Several liked my suggested “chosen lifespan” or some other term emphasizing choice, such as “personal lifespan”. These have the benefit of conveying individual choice and putting the burden on those who oppose life extension for people other than themselves.

Other terms that got some explicit support:

Indefinite lifespan/extension

Extended lifespan

Superlongevity

Hyperlongevity

Other terms that received an honorable mention:

Age reversal, curing aging, death free, ending aging, expanding lifespan, extended longevity, healthy life extension, immortality, indefinite health extension, life expansion, longer life, managed aging, optional aging, optional mortality, overcoming age-related decline, personal lifespan, rejuvenation, reversing aging.

In an upcoming issue of Cryonics dealing with effective communication about life extension and cryonics, I will comment further on these options. Thanks to those of you who provided input. It’s not too late if you want to add your thoughts.

–Max More

Summer 2021 Meta-Analysis Report

The second quarter 2021 issue of Cryonics includes a report on Alcor Case Metrics 2000-2020. This begins with a selection of case data for the years of 2019 and 2020 followed by a look at the 141 cases in the 21-year period from 2000 to 2020. (2000 was picked as the starting point because that year saw the introduction of vitrification technologies at Alcor.)

It’s not uncommon to find people on the internet making claims about the percentage of cases that are straight freezes, or that involve autopsies, and so on. Sometimes these lack any support and at other times the evidence is limited. The meta-analysis makes it possible to examine these numbers objectively and as accurately as possible.

For instance, in the 21 year period 2000 to 2020, 6% of cases involved an autopsy, 13 or 14% involved unattended deaths, and 23% were straight freeze. Cardiopulmonary support was provided in 66% of cases, cryoprotective perfusion was achieved in 77%, and (so far) 10% of cases have been “field cryopreservation”

See the accompanying article, “Alcor Case Metrics: Scope and Comments” by Aschwin de Wolf and Michael Benjamin for thoughts on the usefulness of the meta-analysis results. Although some factors influencing the quality of outcomes is very hard for a cryonics organization to control, none should be considered completely outside the realm of influence. This analysis helps to show where to focus our efforts. The next step in this project is to identify trends and correlation.

–Max More

Keep an eye on the Meta-Analysis Project

One Alcor-funded research project that I’m personally especially interested in is the Meta-Analysis Project. This project, led by Advanced Neural Biosciences’ Aschwin de Wolf and Michael Benjamin, gathers a vast amount of data on every one of Alcor’s cryopreservations and analyzes patterns. ANB began the Alcor Meta-Analysis Project in January 2019 with the goal of developing a quantitative method to evaluate the quality of each cryopreservation case based on a thorough review of all the available case data. The project has 3 phases.

In Phase 1, researchers review and collect relevant data points from all case reports, all raw data such as temperature data and any relevant scientific papers and, for the last decade of cases, CT scans of cryopreserved patients. In phase 2, new outcome metrics have been developed to look at variables such as cryoprotectant distribution and ice formation from the analysis of Phase 1 data. The goal of Phase 3 is to identify areas where protocol and procedure upgrades would likely have the maximum impact at improving patient preservation outcomes.

Alcor and cryonics as a whole can expect to benefit from the outcomes of this work, including:

  • a complete secure database of all the important case variables gleaned from case reports, raw data, and CT scans that can be updated with new cases.
  • important information about trends and outcomes of Alcor procedures.
  • a single or set of case metrics that provide a quantitative result that measures the quality of each patient preservation
  • information about the range of typical patient scenarios, including the modelling of unusual scenarios
  • Recommendations to improve procedures, case work, and case logistics
  • A paper to be published in a scientific journal including the exposition of the cryonics case outcome metric(s) and experimental validations

You can read the initial report in the third quarter 2020 issue of Cryonics. Next report will be published in the second quarter 2021 issue.

Please donate appreciated cryptocurrency to Strengthen Alcor

In recent years, Alcor has benefited from cryptocurrency donations. In fact, our largest ever research donation of $5,000,000 from Brad Armstrong was in the form of donated cryptocurrency (Stellar). This immediately led to the creation of the Hal Finney Cryonics Research Fund. Although we don’t have a formal survey, it’s clear that Alcor members are far more likely to own some cryptocurrency as compared to the general public.

With Bitcoin up several hundred percent over the last year – and larger gains for some other currencies such as Ethereum – some of our members may be sitting on heavily appreciated assets that are increasingly coming under scrutiny by the tax authorities.

Are you one such member? If so, consider donating to Alcor. Because you would be giving to a tax-exempt non-profit organization, you would both benefit and strengthen Alcor and reduce your tax liability. This is a relatively painless way to contribute.

Donate with Bitcoin

Recent media about Alcor and cryonics

On April 26, Alcor welcomed YouTube interviewer David Allen to Alcor. David’s show, Abnormal Voyages, spotlights “the more unique and unusual places that people may not have heard of before”. David’s goal is to be both educational and entertaining. I found him pleasant and fun as an interviewer. The results reflect that. Hopefully, this video will reach a new audience. Check it out!

A New Tomorrow – (Exploring Cryonics with The Alcor Life Extension Foundation)

Some other recent news stories of interest:

“The Weird History of Cryonics, or Freezing People to Bring Them Back to Life in the Future”, by Brent Swancer, Mysterious Universe, April 28, 2021

“Not so sci-fi: Could humans harness cryonics?”, by Chloe Tenn. Mancunion, April 30, 2021.

–Max More, Alcor Ambassador & President Emeritus

A-3024 became Alcor’s 182nd patient in April 2021

A-3024 was a 68-year-old male with inoperable brain cancer who had neuro cryopreservation arrangements. Legal death was declared in Northern California, USA, and the stabilization team arrived seven hours later, four hours after being notified. After stabilization and field neuro cryoprotection, the patient was transported to Alcor for cryogenic cooldown.

A full case report is being prepared.

Tell us your favored podcasts if they might be interested in cryonics

As a tax-exempt non-profit organization, an important part of Alcor’s mission is to educate the public about cryonics. The final plank of our Mission Statement is: “Awareness and growth of cryonics by educating the public.” We have done that though one-on-one conversations, media interviews for radio, TV, and documentaries, by giving talks at conferences and online events, and by giving tours. We have done very little with podcasts, with one or two recent exceptions – but those came to use rather than us approaching them.

Do you enjoy listening to podcasts? Do you think podcasts could be a productive venue for Alcor to educate a wider audience? And potentially to attract new members? If so, which podcasts do you think would have a good audience for Alcor?

Personally, I much preferring reading to listening, so I don’t pretend to know much about the podcast universe. Even so, to stir your brain up, here are some possibly-promising podcasts that I had either heard of or found with a search:

The Joe Rogan Experience

Stuff You Should Know

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe

The Naked Scientists Podcast

The Science Show

Science Friday

StarTalk Radio

Big Picture Science

Flash Forward

Here We Are

Science Talk

Get WIRED

Exponential View with Azeem Azhar

The WIRED UK Podcast

Would you recommend any of these? Or do you have better options? Do you have any connections with the hosts or producers?

As we look ahead to the near future – when we have the conditions in place for faster growth – we want to develop better knowledge of previously unexploited opportunities to have an informative and appealing cryo conversation. We want your input! Email me.

Max More

Ambassador & CEO Emeritus

Close Up Radio Spotlights Cryonics Expert R. Michael Perry PhD

Alcor Care Services Manager R. Michael Perry, PhD, gave a 30-minute interview on Close Up Radio on February 18. It is available on the web at

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/closeupradio/2021/02/18/close-up-radio-spotlights-cryonics-expert-r-michael-perry-phd