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Is Immortality Really Enough?

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032-im11Immortality (or eternal life) is the concept of living in a physical or spiritual form for an infinite or inconceivably vast length of time. ~Wikipedia

The Quest For Immortality

Want To Live 500 Years? One Scientist Says It May Be Possible One Day

By Daniel Schorn

(CBS) How’s this for an offer you can’t refuse: how would you like to live say, 400 or 500 years, or even more and all of them in perfect health? It’s both a Utopian and a nightmare scenario but there are those who say it is well within the realm of possibility.

Though we live longer and healthier lives than our grandparents, 100 is more or less the outer limit because, catastrophic disease aside, we just plain wear out. But 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer talked to one scientist who says that’s old-fashioned thinking, that sometime in the next 20 to 30 years or so we’ll be able to recondition ourselves for the first steps towards immortality.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/12/28/60minutes/main1168852.shtml

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According to Imminst.org (Immortality Institute), their mission is to “conquer the blight of involuntary death”.

I just recently completed a novel by Raymond Khoury titled The Sanctuary. On page 290, a colloquy between two of its characters discusses the possibility of immortality:

“Transplants are about reconnecting nerves and veins and, yes, maybe even spinal cords one day. But this is different. This is about stopping the damage that happens to our cells, to our DNA, to our tissues and organs, with every breath we take. It’s about errors in DNA replication, it’s about molecules inside our body getting bombarded by free radicals and mutating wrongly and just degrading over time. It’s about wear and tear.” ~Mia

“But that’s my point. It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.” “You’re talking about cells getting damaged and breaking down, which is very different from saying they’re programmed to live a certain length of time, and then die. It’s like, if you buy a new pair of trainers. You wear them, you jog in them, the soles wear out and the shoes fall apart. If you don’t wear them, they don’t just disintegrate after a few years in their box. Wear and tear. It’s why we die, right? There’s no ticking clock that tells our body its time is up. We’re not programmed to die, are we? ~ Tom Webster a.k.a Kirkwood

We all know this is one of those debates that has been going on for centuries, yet it’s also one filled with notions of mad-scientists, quackery, and black magic. Even for this non-religious person, I have wondered how those people in the early stages of the bible were said to have lived for upwards of 600-700 years long, as where nowadays, we’re just starting to regain our age limit up to 100, and that is after centuries of being lucky to see the age of 70.

Personally, I see a plethora of issues to be dealt with when it comes to an already over populated planet housing even more humans, however, with longevity perhaps the age for bearing children will come later. There are also natural resources to take into consideration, as well as war and rivalries. Then again, we might actually live to see people realize that the wars were products of their forefathers and are no longer issues. Who knows!?

What’s your take on immortality… even if it means that the body gives up at around the age of 200? Now if humans are on a roll about extending their life, 200 might seem very apt and appreciated. However, once we start living to be 200, or even 400-500 as the above scientist suggests, and we’ve been doing that for a few millenia (since centuries won’t mean diddly squat anymore), surely the humans would try to devise a way of living even longer by creating over-the-counter meds and cosmetics designed to make you live longer and look better as you do, right? When is a good time to die?

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