Science continue to turn fiction into fact. Yesterday’s edition of New Scientist’s online magazine featured a report about advances in ‘suspended animation’; in other words, the patient is clinically dead. Many in the transhumanist movement envision a day when their ‘essence/personality’ can be uploaded into a computer. However, current technology cannot accomplish this, so some look to cryogenics and/or suspended animation to keep them alive until technology catches up with human desires. Well, Science Fiction is about to become Science Fact:
The first step is to flush cold saline through the heart and up to the brain – the areas most vulnerable to low oxygen. To do this, the lower region of their heart must be clamped and a catheter placed into the aorta – the largest artery in the body – to carry the saline. The clamp is later removed so the saline can be artificially pumped around the whole body. It takes about 15 minutes for the patient’s temperature to drop to 10 °C. At this point they will have no blood in their body, no breathing, and no brain activity. They will be clinically dead.
Read the entire report via Gunshot victims to be suspended between life and death – health – 26 March 2014 – New Scientist.