Waiting for Science to Raise the Dead

The Master Mind of Mars (1969) -- Pulp Covers

[Thanks to Martin for the nooze tip]

At the Alcor Life Extension facility in Scottsdale, AZ, 199 dead “patients” are waiting–if we can speak of dead bodies as “waiting”–for new Science to come along that’ll cure the diseases that killed them and bring them back to life in healthy new bodies (https://www.jpost.com/science/article-719461).

Meanwhile, they’re still dead. Oh–and some of them are just… heads. But it costs $200,000 to have your body preserved in liquid nitrogen, but only $80,000 for your head (kind of gives a new twist to the old saying, “a noggin of rum”). If you can’t scratch up the cash, you can take out a life insurance policy and make Alcor the beneficiary.

Hey, wait a minute! Didn’t Edgar Rice Burroughs get here first–in 1927, with The Master Mind of Mars? Sure he did. In his book, rich and powerful people, dying of old age or whatever, paid out huge sums to scientific genius Ras Thavas to transplant their brains into young and healthy bodies. They weren’t too particular about whose bodies they were or how Ras Thavas obtained them. Abuses abound.

And say–what if Alcor goes bankrupt? What happens to the heads and bodies?

What if, when you’re at last brought back to life, the whole experience has resulted in there being something terribly wrong with you that no one’s ever seen before and no one know how to treat?

Imagine putting yourself to sleep in 1940 and waking up now. Whose sanity could bear up under that?

No, no, they haven’t thought this through. Fear of death has unbalanced their minds.

We have our Lord Jesus Christ, who has won eternal life for everyone who believes in Him. We still fear death, because we’re flesh and blood and we can’t help it. But we do not face it without hope. We do not face it without our Savior.

Liquid nitrogen… fooey.

‘Do You Want to Live FOREVER?’

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They’re popping their buttons over this one.

“The possibility of being able to live FOREVER just became one step closer as scientists proved that they can revive cryogenically frozen life,” The Express exults today (http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/836072/cryogenic-freezing-live-forever-eternal-life).

After 60 years of trying unsuccessfully, “experts” have revived frozen zebra fish embryos. Well, 10 percent of them, at any rate. The other 90 percent, not so good. And they say the little fish are doing fine. If you’re in the market for immortal zebra fish, it’s time to do a cartwheel.

Here we go again–once we get all the bugs worked out, we shall surely be as gods. Just like Satan promised in the Garden.

And we can also use this technology to put astronauts in suspended animation for long space voyages. Failing that, we can always send zebra fish to other planets. I had a zebra fish once: nice little fellow. But I doubt he would’ve found Mars to his liking.

The complicated high-tech process they’re using for this, with lasers and nanotech, etc., sounds like it’d be very expensive. So probably they won’t have the money to make everyone immortal. Guess who’s going to be first in line. Hint: It won’t be you.

At the risk of sounding old-fashioned, I was under the impression that I’m already signed up for eternal life, by means of the power and grace of God and faith in Jesus Christ. I like my old plan and want to keep it. Unlike other plans–for health care, say–the government can’t take it from me. Although there are those who’d certainly try to do so.

Would you really, truly, want to be cryogenically frozen and then brought back to life 70 years from now, as a stranger in an exceedingly strange land?

I already have my salvation, thank you. Jesus Christ obtained it for me, two thousand years ago.