The Suspension of Death. The Cryonic Utopia in the Context of the U.S. Funeral Culture

This article outlines the history of cryonics, starting with fictional novels and movies and the actual formation of the cryonic movement in the 1960s. Cryonics has been considered – by its advocates – to overcome religion by offering a technological way of immortality. Since cryonics never gained s...

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Published in:Marburg Journal of Religion (Band 15)
Main Author: Krüger, Oliver
Format: Journal Articles
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2010
Institute for Comparative Cultural Research - Study of Religions and Anthropology
Online Access:archiv.ub.uni-marburg.de
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Summary:This article outlines the history of cryonics, starting with fictional novels and movies and the actual formation of the cryonic movement in the 1960s. Cryonics has been considered – by its advocates – to overcome religion by offering a technological way of immortality. Since cryonics never gained serious attention outside the United States it is promising to ask for the specific frame of American funeral culture as a condition for the emergence (and the limitations) of cryonics.
ISSN:1612-2941
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/mjr.2010.15.3421