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This is a discussion on To be or not to be... inmortal? within the Science and Technology forums, part of the Hobbies category; @ sunlight: lol! Mostly, I think I agree with guitarfool. On one hand, I'm terrified of death. But, there are ...

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Old 11-13-10, 01:40 PM   #11
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@ sunlight: lol!

Mostly, I think I agree with guitarfool. On one hand, I'm terrified of death. But, there are so many unknown consequences to making this fundamental shift to immortality in human society, I fear for what would result. Nature works in cycles of life and death, and to mess with this is risky. Not to mention the even vaster social inequalities that would develop based on who got to be immortal and who didn't...
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Yeah, there's no doubt humanity will live longer and longer as our technology evolves. I mean we're living twice as long now than just couple hundred years ago. We will reach immortality at some point, there's no question about that...assuming there won't be some catastrophe that wipes us all out.

Anyway, if it were the reality right now...I don't know. Suppose it'd depress me more.
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I wouldn't want to live past what I am suppose to live. Living means pain and hurt..And I'm not sure I could handle much more of that.

I know, such a cheerful answer, eh?
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we're living twice as long now
Actually, that's not completely true. The reason that the "average age of death" keeps going up is because infant mortality rates keep dropping. With less babies dying at birth (or just after), it artificially inflates the average age of dying.
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Actually, that's not completely true. The reason that the "average age of death" keeps going up is because infant mortality rates keep dropping. With less babies dying at birth (or just after), it artificially inflates the average age of dying.
Fair enough. But I still think humanity will keep on truckin' towards immortality and will reach it at one point.
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Fair enough. But I still think humanity will keep on truckin' towards immortality and will reach it at one point.
My only other argument against this is that our diets are getting worse and worse. Obesity and our couch potato life styles are already taking a heavy toll (so to speak)
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My only other argument against this is that our diets are getting worse and worse. Obesity and our couch potato life styles are already taking a heavy toll (so to speak)
were talking about the aging process not the lifestyle,you could still die from obesity(covering more than one thing).
if your say 18=ME! and i stop the aging process i would look 18 for eternity, well i'll die insome sort of accident.

anyway id say yes bring it on
i only still breath BC i want to see were our technology goes, what we can occomplish.

and when we do discover an advanced alien civilization and learnt about them, only then i would ask for the aging process to be resumed :')
and then die happy with the last thing i will ever see bieng the stars
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If we did reach immortality there would come the time when we would no longer need to procreate and humans would eventually become extinct. I think genetic manipulation is the answer to eventually erradicating diseases, then we'd just be left with accidents and suicides as the main causes of death.
But I have a feeling that all the technological advancements we are seeing today will be destroyed in the next couple of hundred years, and we will go backwards. There is no answer to what is the meaning of life, other than that there is none, and because this is so difficult to accept we need that other big question mark, what happens after we die?, which is one that we can safely make all kind of assumptions and theories in which to invest our desires and expell our deepest fears. There is no way we can survive without that element of hope, which is why we must retreat into ignorance again.
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which is why we must retreat into ignorance again.

ignorance is bliss isn't it.


as for meaning of life, there is,
the meaning of life is to survive, its also been the main goal of evolution and all life in the entire KNOWN universe.
but how you mean to live your survival............ thats up to you, and luck
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ignorance is bliss isn't it.


as for meaning of life, there is,
the meaning of life is to survive, its also been the main goal of evolution and all life in the entire KNOWN universe.
but how you mean to live your survival............

thats up to you, and luck
Better to be lucky than good!
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