You may be a king, or a simple street sweeper
But sooner or later you dance with the Reaper.-The Grim Reaper in Bill and Teds Bogus adventure (I like the quote, sue me)
For all of human history people have been trying to find ways to avoid that one unavoidable fate: Death. The hunt for the fountain of youth (actually, Ponce De Leon came to Florida for gold but that's beside the point), alchemy, Eastern and western mysticism and now it comes in comes in the form of cryonics.
The idea that you can freeze yourself shortly after death so that they may revive you in the future. On first glance it looks like a sound scientific theory.
Delve deeper and look at the facts. It's not; it's just a twenty-first century fountain of youth. The current idea that some people cling to in the hopes they will never shuffle off this mortal coil.
As a piece of foresight when someone brings in religion I'm just going to say this.
I've heard people call religion that but at least religion acknowledges that we do all die, that one day, your heart will stop beating, your lungs will stop breathing and you get a toe tag.
This isn't about religion, Do I believe in an afterlife, yeah I do but I have my own reasons (I've had paranormal encounters before.) and I know a fair amount of science and I know enough to point out that Cryonics is pseudoscience.
Cryonics is the idea that if you freeze your brain in liquid nitrogen it will stop cell degradation to the point where they can revive you from death in the future.
Now lets get this out of the way, Yes, Cold enough temperatures do actually slow cell degradation do a halt. That part is not in question. However the problems with the idea of cryonics lies deeper.
So you die, and your brain is harvested from your corpse and given the whole cryonics shebang. Well one thing is that now, while your cell degradation is stopped visibly. The water in your brain cells is now also frozen. Unfreeze that brain and your brain cells are now completely and utterly destroyed.
Another point is that your brain is already not functioning. Let me point this out. YOU. ARE. DEAD. Your brain is dead tissue. You know that after a few minutes of no oxygen flowing to the brain, you get severe brain damage. The thing is by the time the cryogenic freezing takes place you'd be brain dead.
AND THOSE ARE ONLY THE PROBLEM WE ACTUALLY KNOW ABOUT.
We know nearly nothing about the brain. We don't know why we are conscious, we don't know why we dream, we don't know why we sleep etc.
The likelihood that we are just butchering the brains of our deceased loved ones with extreme cold is a near certainty.
We do this out of fear of the unknown. We don't know what happens after death. It's the ultimate fear of the unknown.
What we shouldn't do is pay 80 grand to basically mutilate your own brain after you die.
There are ways that we seek comfort, some are comforted by spirituality, some are comforted by the natural process in which our bodies will be decomposed by the lowest part of the food web so our our bodies will return to nature. (Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust eh) and some like me are comforted by both of those but we all have to realize that we all die someday, one thing that we have to do in life is just make our peace with it.