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Meetup : [Montreal] Should we cryopreserve ourselves?

0 Post author: MathieuRoy 22 December 2017 06:54AM

Discussion article for the meetup : [Montreal] Should we cryopreserve ourselves?

WHEN: 12 January 2018 07:00:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: 810 Avenue Duluth E, Montreal

<< You’re on an airplane when you hear a loud sound and things start violently shaking. A minute later, the captain comes on the speaker and says:

There’s been an explosion in the engine, and the plane is going to crash in 15 minutes. There’s no chance of survival. There is a potential way out—the plane happens to be transferring a shipment of parachutes, and anyone who would like to use one to escape the plane may do so. But I must warn you—the parachutes are experimental and completely untested, with no guarantee to work. We also have no idea what the terrain will be like down below. Please line up in the aisle if you’d like a parachute, and the flight attendants will give you one, show you how to use it and usher you to the emergency exit where you can jump. Those who choose not to take that option, please remain in your seat—this will be over soon, and you will feel no pain.

What would you do? >>

Join us to discuss cryonics. The event will be held on James Bedford Day, in memory of the first person to have been cryopreserved.

“Cryonics is an effort to save lives by using temperatures so cold that a person beyond help by today's medicine can be preserved for decades or centuries until a future medical technology can restore that person to full health.”

Join this Facebook group for more information on cryonics in Montreal: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CryonieMontreal/

The main reading for this discussion will be the blog post “Why Cryonics Makes Sense” on Wait But Why (https://waitbutwhy.com/2016/03/cryonics.html). It is widely recognized as the best introduction to cryonics.

You might also enjoy this documentary by Les Francs-Tireurs (in French and English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhkUcqORqtQ, or this one by Motherboard (in English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5KuNAeOtJ0&index=11&list=PLL6Iy2E-Y52vrR8G9E_XZCB__g784eVd8

For additional readings, I recommend browsing the following websites: • Alcor: http://alcor.org/ • Cryonics Institute: http://www.cryonics.org/ • Chronopause: http://chronopause.com/chronopause.com/index.html • Ben Best: https://www.benbest.com/cryonics/cryonics.html

Condition for attendance: Attendees are expected to have at least read the Wait But Why article.

Meetup charge: free

Nature of our discussions/debates: • Opinions expressed are encouraged to be backed by facts wherever possible; • Members should gracefully take criticism of their opinion and not take the criticism personally; • Members should show willingness to provide more facts and explanations in support of their opinion if this is requested by any other participant; • Organizer acts as a moderator as well as a participant in the discussion.

Discussion article for the meetup : [Montreal] Should we cryopreserve ourselves?

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