Cryonics is the practice of preserving human and animals at cryogenic temperatures, with the hope that one day science and technology will advance to the point in which we are able to revive and restore them to healthy living condition (Best 2008). Cryonics however, is not without controversy – It is a science based on assumptions, giving rise to a multitude of ethical, sociological and legal implications which must be considered.
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The Definition of Death
When faced with the possibility of extending our lives, we are inevitably lead to question our very definition of ‘death.’ Only one hundred years ago and even as recently as the 1950’s, cardiac arrest was believed to be an irreversible state – leading to the declaration of death (Shanbhag 2017) (Best 2008). Today, through medical procedures such