Cryonics is the preservation of the brain by cooling to subzero temperatures.
The goal of cryonics is to preserve the information in the human mind. This includes the memories, personality, emotions, and aspirations of the person, everything that makes them a unique individual. If we could preserve the physical network of neurons with high enough quality, then the person wouldn't really be dead yet. They could be revived with high enough technology
In a lab setting, good preservation quality has been achieved. We have Electron Micrographs demonstrating that some information can be preserved. This has never been extended to real world human patients. Cryonics patients are currently being preserved with protocols that are based on laboratory work, but remain largely unvalidated. One of our primary goals is to validate the human protocols.
Repair and Revival
We can't yet repair or revive anyone yet, not even close. It would probably be 100 years or more before we could revive anyone, but that does not invalidate the practice of cryonics. Repair would require very advanced Technology but no new physics. In other words, it's nothing more than a complex engineering problem. As with other complex engineering problems, it's most likely just a matter of time before we solve it.
There are no alternatives to brain preservation. If a brain is destroyed, the mind is always destroyed with it, no matter how much we might wish otherwise. Brain preservation is the only strategy that has been shown to have even the remotest chance of preserving the mind. The choice is either brain preservation or permanent death.
Cryonics is about celebrating life. It's about being there for your grandchildren who might never have to endure cryonics themselves. Cryonics is about love of family and friends, and the refusal to let a lifetime of memories get destroyed.
Quality preservation doesn't come easily. Most cases are severly compromised by obstructive laws, vast distances, poor planning, and tight budgets. Our mission is to cultivate cryonics clinicians to improve patient care, including building a branch facility in the Bay Area.
This scan demonstrates the complexity of neurons.
Memories are encoded in these structures.
There are 100,000,000,000 neurons,
each with about 2000 synapses (connections)