-196: The pioneers of resurrection
Lost through the pages of the historiography of the twentieth century, the Russian cosmists can be recognised today as atypical pioneers of the complex and widespread movement of transhumanism. Fëdorov, the Russian philosopher who first anticipated the human need of a technological revolution that would overturn death, was a real pioneer of modernism. In the philosophy of the “common cause”, his revolutionary thought identifies as the ultimate goal the elevation of man to God. To this purpose, he pushes man to undertake unconceivable challenges, among which the conquest of planets other than Planet Earth, cradle of humanity.
The Russian transhumanist movement takes over from him this challenge of man to his being mortal. The Kriorus company was founded in 2005 and is the first company dealing with cryopreservation in Europe and Asia. At the moment, Kriorus has 57 patients from Europe, United Kingdom, United States, Japan and Australia.
The storage is located near Sergiev Posad, a small town around seventy km north-east of Moscow. Here, one can choose to preserve its own body at a temperature of -196 degrees, for the price of 36 thousand dollars. Immersed in liquid nitrogen, the patients of Kriorus fluctuate, suspended as in the womb, in the wait that the technological progress is capable to bring them back to life.
The eternal conflict between science and God, since always in the heart of man and enshrined by Dostojevskj in his last masterpiece The brothers Karamazov, directly related to Fëdorov doctrine, does not cease to exercise its charm on hearts and minds of men. “I am not rebelling against my God. I simply don’t accept His world”.