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Cryonics Supporter? 15-30 min survey
Anonymous results to be used in an accepted paper in the Springer journal Sophia
Special journal issue: “Posthuman and Transhuman Bodies in Religion and Spirituality”
Author: Melanie Swan, New School University (futurist and long-time cryonics supporter)
Aim: promote cryonics in a scholarly manner and articulate community member thoughts
Time frame: ongoing - results tabulated regularly, please participate at your convenience
1. What are your principle motivations for considering or enrolling in cryonics?
Life is good, more is better
Possibility of future revival
Technical feasibility (no proof that revival is not possible)
There are things I want to do and need more time
Support forward-thinking ideas
Support research on these topics (cryobiology, organ preservation, longevity, healthspan)
Friends/family/people I know/respect have signed up
Not in conflict with any of my religious/spiritual views
Reasonable cost/value proposition
Death is inhumane, costly, wasteful, or unnecessary
Fear/uncertainty about death
2. Which method of cryopreservation did or would you select?
Leave to discretion of cryopreservation provider
3a. What influences your choice of neuro versus whole-body cryopreservation?
Time to revival
Legal considerations (personhood status of whole-body versus neuro)
Perceived technical feasibility
Recommendation of others I trust
Choice of other persons enrolled
Ability to have cryopreservation facility determine what is best at the time
3b. Would you prefer whole-body cryopreservation if concerns in 3a were addressed?
4. How do you think about your physical body right now? My body is …(e.g.; part of me, a platform, temporary, a current necessity)
4a. How do you think the Star Trek Transporter works? If there is a problem, can the transmission be resent?
5. In what form would you like to be revived?
Whatever is recommended/feasible/standard/normal at the time
Wake me up mid-process and ask (provide information about current norms)
Whatever becomes available first
Whatever is less costly
Whatever other persons (revived or still living) who know me recommend
Biological (flesh-based) body
Digital avatar (corporeal)
Digital upload (not necessarily corporeal)
Depends on quality of experience, maintenance cost, convertibility between forms, etc.
6. How essential is it to cryopreserve your brain versus create only a “digital you” from artifacts such as photos, email, blog, essays, papers?
7. What is the benefit of having your actual brain cryopreserved (versus photos, writings, etc.)?
Fidelity: ONLY my actual brain can be the real me
Fidelity: my actual brain is closest to the real me
8. How would you describe what happens to you when you are cryopreserved? (body, mind, etc.)
9. Do you think that any trauma is experienced in cryopreservation?
Depends on the cryopreservation and other factors
10. Do you think that any trauma is experienced in revival?
Too soon to know
Could depend on many factors
11. When do you think the first revival might occur?
12a. What kind of attributes would you like to revive?
12b. What kind of memories would you like to revive?
13. Why would you like to be revived in the future?
Experience the future world
Continue enjoying life with my friends/family/others
Keep being productive
Less pain, better quality of life (disease cures may have been developed)
Because it might be possible
14. My principle concerns regarding revival are
Impairment/loss during cryopreservation
High-quality revival (memories lost), I won’t “feel like me”
State of the future world
Inability to habituate to the future world
Inability to socially integrate with others in my community or others like me
Boredom, meaning, purpose, ennui, nihilism (I won't know what to do with my time)
Overpopulation, resource-use concerns
Disrupts natural biological birth-death lifecycles; does not make way for the next generation
Ensuring a revived mental attitude in addition to physical functionality
15. Does cryonics bring any of these qualities to the way we approach death in society?
16. The legal treatment and general societal perception of death is
Non-transparent (difficult for individuals to find out information)
Non-agential (out of the hands of the personal agency of individuals)
17. What are you most concerned about in the final moments of your current physical body?
Obtaining a good-quality cryopreservation
Availability of support (medical and emotional)
Disease (onset, progression, cure)
Ability to identify, understand, and address moments of decline
Quality of treatment
Cost of treatment
Ability to go quickly
Ability to exude personal agency
18. Regarding ceremonial aspects, do you (friends/family) plan any of the following?
Celebration of Life
Whatever is appropriate at the time
19a. Does your family support your cryonics decision?
Does not support
19b. Any comments?
20. Which disposition of your body do you prefer (if selecting neuro-cryopreservation)?
Donate to research
Per discretion of cryopreservation facility
21. Do any of the following describe your views?
A holistic view of the world/universe
At harmony with the world
Appreciative of yoga, mindfulness, etc.
Supporting of empathy, compassion
Observing of social and/or ceremonial rites
22a. What are three adjectives you would use to describe the cryonics community?
22b. How long have you been interacting with the cryonics community?
Under 1 year
22c. What would you comment about your experience with the cryonics community?
23. Who should pay for cryopreservation?
Individuals selecting cryopreservation
State or federal government
Health insurance uding with more options concerning end of life choices)
24a. Do you think your cryonics provider is doing a good job?
24b. What would you like your cryonics provider to be doing?
24c. Who is your cryonics provider?
Alcor Life Extension Foundation
25. Any other comments?
26a. Demographic age (optional):
26b. Gender identification (optional):
26c. Highest-level of education completed (optional):
26d. Field (optional):
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