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During chromosome replication, the enzymes that duplicate DNA cannot continue their duplication all the way to the end of a chromosome, so in each duplication the end of the chromosome is shortened. Telomers are bits at the ends of the chromosomes which protect them during the replication process, and they become shorter after each cell division. SOOO.... in theory it is possible to stop aging completely if you stop the telomers from shorting after each cell division.

The other way is a bit primitive and is not inertly considered immortality but can be seen as eternal rebirth. I am of course talking of Turritopsis dohrnii aka the immortal jellyfish. Once they are at the end of their life cycle they revert back to polyp state and start the life cycle again, this can go on indefinitely but after each cycle of rebirth the jellyfish has less and less genetic diversity and becomes "genetically impure" in a sense because you would be making a clone of a clone of a clone and so on. But nevertheless it is a form of immortality!!
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In a sense, cancer is immortality.
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iRAWRasaurus wrote:
In a sense, cancer is immortality.

I bet you use that line on all the ladies.
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Let me think about this, distributing over networks was a good Idea.
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Any form of immortality in the real world would almost certainly involve massive body mutilation, therefore it technically wouldn't be immortality since your body wouldn't live forever, only your mind.
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Possible? Yes. How possible in this day of age? Highly unlikely.

Though if humans do find a way to become immortal, how would we preserve our bodies? We would become so frail and possibly sickly as well. Before we can even think about immortality, we got to figure out a way to stop the aging process of hour skin and organs at a certain point.
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bathroom64 wrote:


iRAWRasaurus wrote:
In a sense, cancer is immortality.

I bet you use that line on all the ladies.


B)

But in all respect, immortality is the inability to die. Cancer cells process the ability to continuously divide, resist death signals from other cells and proliferate non-stop.
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It's a real drag after the first few centuries.
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i personally feel that to be in history books is to be immortal
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Taoist alchemy had a lot to say on the topic, but you had to sift through the encoded language in their tracts and separate allegory and a form of shamanism from insightful health and meditative processes. And that's not even including the frills of the religious sects. Essentially the idea was the energy of the body was purified and collected into the dan tien, and as various channels in the body opened and strengthened it grew into an "embryo" of your other self which would then rise up the spine and be eventually birthed through the crown of the head. Since it was considered to be separable from the physical body and you could switch back and forth, that was considered to be immortality (as opposed to having the flesh forever). The only reason their school survived is their bulletproof natural philosophy (insert yin-yang symbol here) and an abundance of practices that make the body healthier and stronger, but there's definitely that area that was clearly defined by some measure of fantasy and lack of medical knowledge. They also originated acupuncture and the little statues with all the acupuncture points were sometimes used in diplomatic negotiations, so their culture definitely had a lasting impact.

There you go, a history lesson on archaic knowledge that you will all forget tomorrow.
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Tron guy seems to think that posting in an online forum imortalizes a user for as long as there's an internet.


But I think a brain can be mapped and the owner of said brain can be stored as they were at the time they were scanned.
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Absolutely. We are actually programmed not to die. Aging is caused by free radicals in our bodies that slowly but surely destroy our DNA. They come from various sources...the food we eat, medications, environmental intruders, even from our own mitochondria. When we learn how to make free radical absorbing substances, we can conceivably live indefinitely. It may not save you from being eviscerated by a pack of wolverines, but otherwise we can live forever. And this isn't meta-physical pseudo science, which I detest. These are facts that you can look up for your own bad selves.
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if it comes down to the rest of humans dying off in a few thousand years (maybe sooner who knows) and your the only person who can't die on a dying planet, to me that is a living hell
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VenussKiss wrote:

Possible? Yes. How possible in this day of age? Highly unlikely.

Though if humans do find a way to become immortal, how would we preserve our bodies? We would become so frail and possibly sickly as well. Before we can even think about immortality, we got to figure out a way to stop the aging process of hour skin and organs at a certain point.


Aging is effectively just death in slow-motion, so unless magical powers and evil gods and genies are involved, any way to become immortal will necessarily involve preserving (or repairing or replacing) our bodies.


iRAWRasaurus wrote:


bathroom64 wrote:


iRAWRasaurus wrote:
In a sense, cancer is immortality.

I bet you use that line on all the ladies.


B)

But in all respect, immortality is the inability to die. Cancer cells process the ability to continuously divide, resist death signals from other cells and proliferate non-stop.


Fun fact: In that sense, Canine Venereal Sarcoma is an immortal dog that's thousands of years old.
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But I think a brain can be mapped and the owner of said brain can be stored as they were at the time they were scanned.

Why would anyone want to map that guy's brain...
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