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Death Shall Have No Dominion: Oxford Philosophers to be Cryogenically Preserved

June 12, 2013, 1:59 PM

Two of the philosophers will have their heads removed and placed in a vat of liquid nitrogen. A colleague of theirs decided to pay more to have his whole body left intact. The three Oxford academics - Nick Bostrom, Anders Sandberg and Stuart Armstron - will be stored after death at a cryogenic preservation facility until technology catches up. At that point, the three philosophers will evidently be revived. 

Sandberg was asked by the Sunday Times what he expected life to be like without a body. Sandberg sees himself - his thoughts and memories - inside a computer. So is that true immortality? Is that even desirable? Let us know what you think, and read more here

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