Category: Conferences & Other Events

  • Article Published: “No Graveyard” in Cryonics Volume 29.1

    Magazine cover of Cryonics Volume 29:2 2nd Quarter 2008 with transparent knight chess pieces on a black and white chessboard

    Magazine cover of Cryonics Volume 29:2 2nd Quarter 2008 with transparent knight chess pieces on a black and white chessboard “Alcor is no graveyard.”

  • Alcor Conference – Table of Contents

    [11 August 2021 Statement by Richard Leis about Transhumanism, Life Extension, and Related Organizations and Movements] Frontier Channel liveblogging from the 7th Alcor Conference: Event Announcement Frontier Channel at 7th Alcor Conference Introduction Day 1 Steve Bridges Brian Wowk First Break Stephen Van Sickle Tanya Jones Luncheon Ralph Merkle Michael West Afternoon Break Aubrey de […]

  • Alcor Conference – Chris Heward

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] [Recap] Chris Heward discussed his work on the “Kronos Longitudinal Aging Study (KLAS)” as a measurement of human aging. KRONOS Science Laboratory is a research institution in Phoenix, AZ, USA. Heward showed a graph of progress in life expectancy at birth and at 65. Life expectancy at birth has […]

  • Alcor Conference – Christine Peterson

    [11 August 2021 Statement by Richard Leis about Transhumanism, Life Extension, and Related Organizations and Movements] [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] Christine Peterson presented “Good News, Bad News, Surprising News” about life extension. She now spends about half time studying life extension as an enthusiast. She began by stating that terminology matters. Which terms […]

  • Alcor Conference – Calvin Mercer

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] [Recap] Calvin Mercer asked “Cryonics and Religion: Friends or Foes?”  Cryonics, Mercer believes, will require support from more people than just scientists, including religious people.  How should cryogenics supporters present these ideas to religious people? How the discussion will play out, according to Mercer, will include debates between liberal […]

  • Alcor Conference – Morning Break

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] Popcorn, cookies, and pretzels. We talked to a couple who are musicians and Alcor members about how art can be used to promote life extension and transhumanism.

  • Alcor Conference – Calvin Mercer

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] [Recap] Calvin Mercer asked “Cryonics and Religion: Friends or Foes?” Cryonics, Mercer believes, will require support from more people than just scientists, including religious people. How should cryogenics supporters present these ideas to religious people? How the discussion will play out, according to Mercer, will include debates between liberal […]

  • Alcor Conference – Steven Harris

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] [Recap] Steven Harris is a researcher developing “Rapid Body Cooling for Prevention of Brain Damage.” Rapid body cooling technologies are important to both cryonics and emerging short-term treatments. Hypothermia induced by lowering the body temperature by 4 degrees Celsius in five minutes could allow sufficient time for medical care […]

  • Alcor Conference – Morning Panel

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] Day two of the Alcor Conference. The day began with the “Human Cryopreservation and Critical Care Medicine Panel,” including Alcor’s Tanya Jones, critical care physician David Crippen and bioethicist Leslie Whetstine and moderated by Aschwin de Wolf. [Recap] The panelists discussed the various definitions death, including legal and biological, […]

  • Alcor Conference – Alcor Board of Directors Panel

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] Stephen Van Sickle, Ralph Merkle, Michael R. Seidl, and Brian Wowk of the Alcor Board of Directors answered questions from the audience for the last session of the day. The Board addressed questions about the current state of Alcor finances. Alcor is financially stable, with the following sources of […]

  • Alcor Conference – Aubrey de Grey

    [11 August 2021 Statement by Richard Leis about Transhumanism, Life Extension, and Related Organizations and Movements] [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] [Recap] Does Aubrey de Grey really need an introduction at this point? His public proposal for repairing and reversing the damage of aging, SENS, and his public admission of being an Alcor member […]

  • Alcor Conference – Afternoon Break

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] Ice cream! Networking! Being nearly run over by busy organizers!

  • Alcor Conference – Michael West

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] [Recap] Another approach to recovery of cryonics patients, or patients prior to requiring cryonics, is regenerative medicine, that is, the ability to use stem cells to rebuild tissues. Michael West from Advanced Cell Technology discussed “Immortal Cells: The Prospect of Regenerative Medicine.” The biology of aging remains a mystery, […]

  • Alcor Conference – Ralph Merkle

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] [Recap] Nanotechnology. Once only an obscure buzzword among fringe techno-progressives, nanotechnology has emerged both as a multi-billion dollar industry and a controversial technology that could lead, according to some, to a prosperous future of plenty, or, according to others, the destruction of the Earth. The word has become increasingly […]

  • Alcor Conference – Luncheon

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] It is time for lunch. These breaks, lunches, and dinners are includes in the conference package and sponsored and funded by organizations or wealthier Alcor members. These sponsors have been mentioned between talks.

  • Alcor Conference – Tanya Jones

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] [Recap] Tanya Jones is the COO of Alcor. She has also participated in over half of the members’ cryopreservations. She talked about “Improving Cryopreservation Technology at Alcor.” The moment the heart stops and legal death begins, Alcor must act quickly to stabilize the brain and body. This is most […]

  • Alcor Conference – Stephen Van Sickle

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] [Recap] The next speaker from Alcor was Stephen Van Sickle, Executive Director, discussing the “Research Direction at Alcor.” There was a time when Alcor did not conduct much research, focusing instead on their services and gaining new members. However, eventually Alcor leaders decided that research could definitely help the […]

  • Alcor Conference – First Break

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] [Commentary] Break time! Time to mingle, network, eat snacks, or catchup on liveblogging… The accommodations are very nice here at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort. About 100 people are in the audience, with water, gum drops, and notepads on the tables. Three livebloggers are sitting here at a table on […]

  • Alcor Conference – Brian Wowk

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] [Recap] Brian Wowk discussed cryobiology, the field of cold tolerance in nature and cryopreservation of biological material. In nature, organism survive freezing temperatures by ice avoidance and ice tolerance, using cellular “antifreeze” or cryoprotectants. By studying these organism, researchers hope to apply their findings to improving cryonics. The use […]

  • Alcor Conference – Steve Bridges

    [Alcor Conference – Table of Contents] [Recap] A former Alcor president, Steve Bridges opened up the conference with a question: “Why are we here?” His answer: “Alive = Good. Dead = Bad.” Over the past 100 years, technology and medicine have improved our ability to revive people who early were considered clinically dead. Although there […]