What is Cryonics?
Well, Cryonics means ‘Icy Cold’. It is the low-temperature preservation of humans and animals who cannot be sustained by contemporary medicine, with the hope that healing and resuscitation may be possible in the future.[for more info – link]
Doesn’t it sounds similar to the practices of ancient Egyptians,in other words, Mummification. The aim was the same for them, to re-incarnate the dead in the future, by some means unknown to them in that period. And here we are in 21st Century with modern & more sophisticated technology trying to achieve similar goals. Modern science made us a more rational being only to pursue earlier thought superstitious ideas in a scientific way. Wouldn’t you agree? Joseph Campbell seems to agree.(I think so)
“I would say that all our sciences are the material that has to be mythologized. A mythology gives spiritual import – what one might call rather the psychological, inward import, of the world of nature round about us, as understood today. There’s no real conflict between science and religion … What is in conflict is the science of 2000 BC … and the science of the 20th century AD.”
― Joseph Campbell
In the Indian context, many similar conflicts crop up due to our rich unexplained heritage & modern age science. Earlier I used to doubt every aspect of traditional culture. More of skeptical of it i.e. reasoning them out, trying to explain it using modern connotations. And day by day with each new report coming from science world – it looks authentic. Please don’t consider those superstitions which are truly exploitative in character or deal with the psychological aspects of culture & society. I don’t know what more to add to it. I just wanted to make a point here – nothing else. Just like Campbell did.
On another line, although related with the new-age technology is the idea of virtual personalities. The idea of using ones’ online & social activity to create an ever present virtual avatar. Which can be programmed into some android in future. You get the idea. So, I was thinking why wait for someones social activity – why not use data from historical & mythological texts. Can’t we encode the ‘Bible‘ to create virtual persona of ‘Jesus’ or make alive ‘Rama’ or ‘Krishna’ from the great epics of ‘Ramayana’ & ‘Mahabharata’. With so much rich & diverse scriptures , we can have a whole virtual world of Gods & Demons. Then we can have the replay of epics in a virtual world or even get to see new epics getting formed. We don’t even need the god-men who profess of talking to God or preaches Gods’ teachings. I think this must have been already thought by someone .But as it can have heavy repercussion on the religious industry, it must have been suppressed.
Ancient Egyptians would have rejoiced by this technology. Their Pharaoh alive again talking to them from a screen – truly a Gods Work. And we Indians would have had our re-incarnation of ‘Kalki’ walking us to humanities doom.
A fascinating idea perhaps or just a fantasists’ imagination.
P.S – I think this can be one viable idea, that’s why i included it in SHSF (Stay Hungry Stay Foolish) series.