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Immortality: if it’s real.

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I’ve always wondered, what if we were all immortal? What if our life has no end? What if we live forever? Well, being immortal have several consequences, some of which are obvious. Each day we change into different persons. A 10-year-old is not the same as a 20-year-old. If all the human beings were immortal, where would we all fit? Yes, earth is big, but thinking about immortality it is not as big as we think it is. Moreover, a person will hardly remember what he did at an age of 5. If a person has trouble remembering what he did at an age of five how will he remember what happened a thousand years or even a million years back? Also, being immortal doesn’t mean that you’re safe from any diseases. If you have a chronic disease you will most likely live with it for probably a million years and more! Imagine the hospitals, they would be crowded by people. Everything would change for the worse. Everything would be crowded and tight. It would be a total nightmare.

If you are interested, this is a ted talk about immortality:

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To me, a better option than immortality is an increase in lifespan. If I have the opportunity to increase my lifetime to 200 years I would take it, because then I would have more time to contribute more to the world. But we never know what science can do. They will maybe invent a pill or a vaccine that will increase our lifespan. “Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists.” The plan restricts calories to between one-third and a half of normal intake. When humans tested out this theory of restricting calories, within three months they had reduced the causes linked to aging, diabetes, cancer and heart disease as well as cutting overall body fat. Essentially it tricks the body into aging more slowly.

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What are your thoughts on this topic?  How will immortality or an increase in lifespan affect our daily lives? Which might be a better option: immortality, an increase in lifespan or maybe neither?

Dana Rammal

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2 thoughts on “Immortality: if it’s real.

  1. Interesting post! I enjoyed the ted talk- an alternative method to approaching aging is definitely a more viable solution than current methods; preventative care, I think, is better than secondary treatments, because then people won’t have to suffer from disease as much in the first place. I find your comments on age extension interesting, because in my mind, if everyone lived to 200 we would experience vast overcrowding, just as if everyone was immortal (although admittedly on a smaller scale!). In our already overcrowded world, I don’t think age extension or immortality is something that we can morally pursue if we are concerned with the future of the planet. I also think that living longer would be a futile experiment if that science isn’t coupled with a delay of age-related issues- you raise the valid point of living for an extended period with chronic disease, and i agree- it doesn’t seem pleasant to me to spend say, for example, an extra 50 years living with arthritis, or losing my vision!

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  2. Great post. I think everyone at some point in their lives has thought to themselves: “I wish I could live longer/forever” and I’m certainly guilty of that but as I got older I started to consider the scenario more rationally. I think what people really want is to be young for longer. Of course, even if you spent 120 out of the 200 years you live on Earth with an extended life as a very old and frail person, you can certainly contribute to society with all of the knowledge and experience that you’ve attained in your lifetime, but at that point, you’re really just a well of information that can’t do much else. I feel like if we’re spending 50 to 60% of our lives being considered young as of 2017, it’s only fair that we spend an equal amount of time being young with an extended life thus allowing us to be young for up to 100 years as opposed to only 40 or 50. And as far as living forever, I think there’s no doubt that at some point in time the Earth with be reduced to rubble and we would just end up floating through space for all of eternity if we’re talking long-term and I imagine that must get pretty boring after a while.

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