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Can We Live Forever?
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Posted 2/17/15
We all want to live for as long as possible, no-one wants to die if they could help it. The reality though, is if immortality did happen then it would diminish the very essence of life.

You wouldn't enjoy anything, it would destroy the humanity that we hold deer. In the end, it would corrupt us if we could live forever.
Posted 2/17/15
If I was immortal, I'd probably be lying down staring at the ceiling for weeks before deciding what to do.
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Can we? No. Would I? No.



KarenAraragi wrote:

Well all I had to do is avoid dying.


You're just 21, that's the time when people feel more alive than anything XD come back when you're 238 please.


The true meaning of immortality is:


the ability to live forever; eternal life.


And yet, you're saying that avoiding death by old age or from a disease is "immortality", I guess, nowadays people can give whatever meaning to whatever they want death is the same no matter the cause (illness, homicide, accident, health problems, old age)


I used to know someone who took care of herself very well. She was vegan, a yoga teacher (her health was excellent) and she died because a ball hit her on the head(baseball? don't remember)....if you want to live longer you have to have good health, eat well, sleep well, live with zero stress but one thing or another will take your life.

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Immortality, while it might sound good in theory, really isn't all that practical. You can live longer but what will your quality of life be? Being hooked up to machines for the rest of your life isn't really an ideal situation. And the idea of moving to other planets is optimistic, but why are we simply creating a more complicated solution to a very simple problem? People are living longer and dying later and it's leading to overpopulation. It doesn't matter if you move to an entirely different planet, the problem will still remain.

The talk of telomeres and the like have been pretty common subjects of debate but we also need to think about other things as well. For instance, a lot of cancers and diseases have only emerged recently because of people's extended lifespans. 200, even 100 years ago cancers and Alzheimer's were much rarer simply because people didn't live long enough to develop these diseases. What other diseases can emerge if we extend our lifespans even further?

Science and practicality aside, it also begs the question about the sanctity of life. If you can life forever, is life really precious anymore?
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Immortality, while it might sound good in theory, really isn't all that practical. You can live longer but what will your quality of life be? Being hooked up to machines for the rest of your life isn't really an ideal situation. And the idea of moving to other planets is optimistic, but why are we simply creating a more complicated solution to a very simple problem? People are living longer and dying later and it's leading to overpopulation. It doesn't matter if you move to an entirely different planet, the problem will still remain.

The talk of telomeres and the like have been pretty common subjects of debate but we also need to think about other things as well. For instance, a lot of cancers and diseases have only emerged recently because of people's extended lifespans. 200, even 100 years ago cancers and Alzheimer's were much rarer simply because people didn't live long enough to develop these diseases. What other diseases can emerge if we extend our lifespans even further?

Science and practicality aside, it also begs the question about the sanctity of life. If you can life forever, is life really precious anymore?


Alzheimer wasn't being diagnosed a hundred years age and the rates of cancer are about the same actually from then as well we just keep better stats then we did back then. When people take average lifespan they fail to take into account infant mortality which was really high back then and is again on the rise we need to get this back under control. As for living forever it is possible and yes I wouldn't mind doing this because imanity is just so darn interesting. That and it is good to have old farts around to remind the kids that free market systems on a large scale don't work and taxes really do need to be higher on the rich. As for quality of life they are working out that problem as well not just making you live longer but reversing aging.

On the topic of Alzheimer they are starting to get closer to a cure for this monster and the same goes for many types of cancers as with all medical research it is just a matter of time and if you can live long enough for them to get the cure well that goes without saying.
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I know that so I going to try not to get kill Everything is possible.
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KesshoHime wrote:

Immortality, while it might sound good in theory, really isn't all that practical. You can live longer but what will your quality of life be? Being hooked up to machines for the rest of your life isn't really an ideal situation. And the idea of moving to other planets is optimistic, but why are we simply creating a more complicated solution to a very simple problem? People are living longer and dying later and it's leading to overpopulation. It doesn't matter if you move to an entirely different planet, the problem will still remain.

The talk of telomeres and the like have been pretty common subjects of debate but we also need to think about other things as well. For instance, a lot of cancers and diseases have only emerged recently because of people's extended lifespans. 200, even 100 years ago cancers and Alzheimer's were much rarer simply because people didn't live long enough to develop these diseases. What other diseases can emerge if we extend our lifespans even further?

Science and practicality aside, it also begs the question about the sanctity of life. If you can life forever, is life really precious anymore?



What scientists are trying to do is make you live longer and healthier life. There now starting to figure out to cure most of the diseases you mention or finding possible cures. Life would not stop being precious just because you can live a very long time. Also if they can figure how to fix the Telomeres, they can stop your body from degrading and make you live longer or forever until something kill you.
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Well even if we somehow managed to decrease the degradation and mutation of DNA over time (which is likely the biggest cause of aging), you could still run into the Hayflick limit on cell regeneration, which I believe theorizes that humans can not live more than 125 years.

I don't think humans will ever have the technology to achieve immortality. But I do believe we will unlock the secrets of greater longevity at some point in the future.
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I don't understand how living 1000 plus years would make me take life for granted? I may just be on the outside of the looking glass then, 'cause the longer the more wisdom I gain[I love knowledge] thus my love for this planet and its contents could only multiply even taking the negatives into account as you'd clearly have to be mentally and emotionally prepared as you could live through literally thousands of negative scenarios if one thinks they would be so unlucky with their newfound longevity; If I had that much more time to delve into what I love, study, research and theorize(or anybody for that matter) I could easily beat out any "new disease" that pops up because I'd have generations of knowledge under my belt, as would all these millions of other scientists(hell we'd all be einsteins with that amount of time, but as I stated we'd have to SERIOUSLY think about what this would do to our preconscious, I wonder how many memories at that point we would be able to hold onto and actually consciously remember and not just subconsciously forget- just to think about the effect it'd have on us sociologically/behaviorally would be drastic) plus once we learn the full ecological and biological/anthropological aspect of ourselves its not like we wouldn't see "future problems" that may occur(such as we know of and see today I.E cancer or other genetic diseases).

edit-" Well even if we somehow managed to decrease the degradation and mutation of DNA over time (which is likely the biggest cause of aging), you could still run into the Hayflick limit on cell regeneration, which I believe theorizes that humans can not live more than 125 years.

I don't think humans will ever have the technology to achieve immortality. But I do believe we will unlock the secrets of greater longevity at some point in the future."- To this I'd say there is specific kind of "jellyfish" that will instead of regenerate it cells, due to the hay flick limit, actually regress itself to its previous fetus stage therefore not involving itself in the process of cell regeneration or destruction(death... from a cellular standpoint i.e. it can still be murdered)
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Serrota wrote:

Yea extended life sounds nice but do you wanna be stuck in bed, frail, and not be able to do just about anything so you watch a little more anime? Sorry to get dark but living over a hundred in reality isn't that great.


What about an increase in quality of living?

After all, most of the problems caused by age are kinda the reason people die of old age.


Anyways, we just need to have an unlimited number of telomeres. They're kinda the key to immortality.. And the cure to cancer, now that I think about it..
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Of course its possible our ancient human ancestors lived to be from 200 to 900 years of age. Now that's not forever ,but if you live for 900 years it seems like forever. I think this question should be changed to "can we live forever in this physical world". Technically life is eternal just look up "Ankh" or African spirituality.
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Is it possible to live forever? Probably, though some technological / medical sorcery. And it would (will?) be a great day for science.

But I wouldn't want to live forever. To truly live is to make your time meaningful, and if your time is unlimited it's meaningless.
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We can live in people's memories forever
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No, just accept the fact that death is inevitable. So, you and I are gonna die, anyway. Who knows? maybe I will be able to give a life for a life.
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We're literally born to someday die. I personally woudnt want to live forever. Immortality sounds like an accursed thing to me. You see the world breeze by you and everyone you know die. Noooope.
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