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Cryonics as a Social Catalyst
A paper which discusses the many hurdles cryonics (the preservation of deceased individuals for later re-animation) must overcome before attaining its place as the next social catalyst.
# 17122 | 1,053 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 22, 2003 in Philosophy (Science) , Biology (Bioethics) , Religion and Theology (General)

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The paper shows that that the freezing (or ?suspension?) of deceased individuals, to be later revived, is becoming more feasible to the established scientific community. However, religious conservatism akin to Luddism has hampered public acceptance. The paper shows that numerous church-backed politicians have stubbornly refused to tolerate any scientific advance in the field, branding it as heretical and immoral. Cryonics, therefore, must overcome its trials and tribulations in order to become the next social catalyst. The paper covers many issues on the subject of cryonics including its advantages and possibilities, a scientific explanation, the Church's opposition to Cryonics and a defensive argument in favor of this science, reasons cryonics won't cause starvation and, finally, many unanswered questions that cryonics raises.

From the Paper:

"?Every man dies, not every man truly lives,? says William Wallace, the thirteenth century Scottish hero. His words echo in many self-proclaimed "thrill-seekers" who intend to enjoy everything that life has to offer. But what if there was no death, everyone lived to fulfill whatever dream they had, accomplish every desire, regardless of hindrances? This is the future offered by cryogenicists. A world where death is no longer feared; where crippled icons like Stephen Hawking and Christopher Reeves casually amble through gardens, strolling as any being would be expected to. Families are always complete and wars are obsolete. Many people desire this as a future; as well they should, because it describes the next step in social evolution. Cryonics will allow the dead to be resurrected; the helpless and enfeebled to live normal lives through science."

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