If you had the option to "live forever" would you take advantage of this opportunity?

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    Oct 22, 2008 8:32 AM GMT
    This is a hypothetical question:

    Let's say you are randomly chosen to become part of a long study. Scientists have discovered a way to keep your cells and DNA structure from deteriorating. If you take part in the study your body will be regenerated to it's peak and you will be able to rejuvenate any part of your body that is temporarily damaged (i.e. broken bones, gun wound, sun damage, etc). You will not however have any super powers nor will you be indestructible to accidents leading to instantaneous death. But your body will be impermeable to the natural aging process. As long as you take care of yourself in theory you will never die. You are assured that nothing will go wrong with the test, as they have already tested a handful of people all of which show no visible side effects over the past ten years.

    Would you take advantage of this?


  • Delivis

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    Oct 22, 2008 8:54 AM GMT
    As long as i could kill myself at some point, sure thing.

    I will avoid writing a long bit about how the human population as a whole would have to be managed because of a discovery like this and just stick to the question on an individual level.
  • silverfox

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    Oct 22, 2008 8:54 AM GMT
    to quote my Jewish mother,

    "Such a deal!"

    Most definitely.
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    Oct 22, 2008 8:56 AM GMT
    No absolutely not. There are days when I feel life is too long as it is. My goal is a happy, healthy 70 years. I need eternity to catch up on all the sleep I have missed in the past 5 years!
  • Delivis

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    Oct 22, 2008 8:57 AM GMT
    I plan to live to 100 at least..icon_smile.gif

    Long enough, perhaps, to upload my mind into a computer..icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 22, 2008 9:04 AM GMT
    Delivis saidI plan to live to 100 at least..icon_smile.gif

    Long enough, perhaps, to upload my mind into a computer..icon_smile.gif


    Well I wish you luck on hitting 100. Are you still going to be posting on RJ? I am wondering if the flame wars for the American Presidential Election in 2084 will be as intense as this year's? icon_lol.gif
  • Delivis

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    Oct 22, 2008 10:02 AM GMT
    If there turns out to be an aferlife, i'll let you know.
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    Oct 22, 2008 10:11 AM GMT
    Why would you want to live forever? life is finite, its suppose to end, you are suppose to learn, pass on that learning and then move out of the way for the next generation to take what you have learn, put it to use and make the world a better place.

    So no, although it would be tempting, I wouldn't want it and its not about being natural or unnatural, its about just not wanting to be here forever.
  • Delivis

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    Oct 22, 2008 10:13 AM GMT
    The finite nature of life is what gives it meaning, i agree. Which is why i would not take the option of pure immortality where i could not die, but simply living much longer with the option of ending it at some point is fine with me.
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    Oct 22, 2008 12:00 PM GMT
    Sign me up for the live-forever program!
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    Oct 22, 2008 1:11 PM GMT

    We'd be part of the 'no' group.
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    Oct 22, 2008 1:39 PM GMT
    I tend to be a curious guy, always reading about new ideas, new discoveries and theories. If I had the chance to stick around and find out how to crack the time travel paradox, or how to fold space to travel long distances, visit other planets, cure AIDS and cancer and see/help this world become a better place, I think I would like to stick around and find out. Sign me up. icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 22, 2008 1:39 PM GMT
    I can hardly stand a weekend with myself let alone eternity.

    No thanks.
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    Oct 22, 2008 1:56 PM GMT
    I'd do it, but hope not too many others did. The problem with being the evolutionary product of a closed ecological system (the Earth) is that the old generation must make way for the new. Otherwise overpopulation occurs. Unless, with human intervention, you restrict offspring to offset just those numbers killed by accident.

    I actually had a BF who absolutely insisted that he was going to live to be 160, and his doctor said it could be done. I never met this doctor.

    Believing his dream of doubling the average life span was a requirement of remaining his BF. Doubting or debating this with him was grounds for "dismissal."

    I found it a fascinating irrational form of obsession, and learned to simply not debate or discuss it with him. And as he was a nice guy in other ways, we got along pretty well. After all, I've learned that almost every person I meet has at least one screw loose somewhere.
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    Oct 22, 2008 1:56 PM GMT
    I think I'm young and naive enough to want to say yes. I'm not afraid to admit that I'm scared by my own mortality.
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    Oct 22, 2008 2:03 PM GMT
    I dunno... living forever might also mean seeing the people that I love die too, which would be really lonely and sad. Besides, I kinda live life like there is no tomorrow. So I think that just for today, my answer is no.
  • Barricade

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    Oct 22, 2008 2:10 PM GMT
    I would say yes. but only if there is another gay male participating. It would be torture to live forever and watch everyone grow old and die. I would have to have a partner.
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    Oct 22, 2008 2:16 PM GMT
    No. I just hope to live long enough to do all the things I want to do before I go.
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    Oct 22, 2008 2:19 PM GMT
    I couldn't bare the cyclical emotional burden of seeing family and friends come and go... so to answer your question... No.
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    Oct 22, 2008 2:20 PM GMT
    I see no advantage in dying. ...To me, the thing that makes dying such a bitch is that I wont get to see "the rest of the story." ...I would definitely do it
  • DJZ77

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    Oct 22, 2008 2:23 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidI dunno... living forever might also mean seeing the people that I love die too, which would be really lonely and sad. Besides, I kinda live life like there is no tomorrow. So I think that just for today, my answer is no.


    I agree with Sahem, Seeing someone you love die is extremely painful. I can only imagine seeing EVERYONE you love die and leave you may have some serious consequences such as going insane or turning into a complete basket case. Therefore, I think I'll pass on this.
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    Oct 22, 2008 2:31 PM GMT
    No.

    Even if this life is it, no.
  • OptimusMatt

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    Oct 22, 2008 2:34 PM GMT
    Yo, sign me up for Starfleet Academy - icon_biggrin.gif

    Besides, if you never age, and you regenerate (mostly) you can pick the time and place of your death - no dying in my sleep, no slow loss of my mental faculties...just me, the bright blue sky, and Angel's Falls. What a spectacular way to go.

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    Oct 22, 2008 2:42 PM GMT
    Caslon7000 saidI see no advantage in dying. ...To me, the thing that makes dying such a bitch is that I wont get to see "the rest of the story." ...I would definitely do it


    Good point, but I don't think I could stand hearing about the problems between the Palestinians and the Israelis for another 100 years, or Fundamentalist Christians quoting Leviticus when condemning same-sex attractions as unnatural.

    I think if I lived forever, I would build a log cabin out in the woods, live with my partner and a couple of dogs, and make my way through the world's great literature from the past 1,000 years. I also would need an Ipod or the equivalent. No TV, no internet, no newspaper. After awhile the world and its' problems get tiresome.
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    Oct 22, 2008 2:47 PM GMT
    I would do it.

    I would use the opportunity to correct bad decisions I've made in my life, and use the time to explore every great wonder this world of ours has to offer (avoiding war zones, etc. of course). icon_razz.gif