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Re: [humanism-174] Now, about that God character... :)

From: Tim C.
Sent on: Friday, December 7, 2012 1:44 PM
In a message dated 12/7/2012 1:28:50 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [address removed] writes:
Why would one want to live forever?  I mean, yes, I would love to live
beyond the typical[masked] years someone of my generation might expect,
but think about it...  Wouldn't you get TIRED of living, even of
consciousness, after the first several thousand years???

Forever is a long time!  Not a million years, not a google plex, but INFINITY!


I would agree that "forever" would ultimately be horribly boring. The human brain evolved to exist within a constrained time period.  After several thousand years, things would inevitably become redundant.  History DOES repeat itself!
"Forever" would still have its limits.  No matter how cyborgian one became, there would still be the issues of fuel and/or power, not to mention mobility and the ability to sense one's surroundings. And one would still be highly dependant upon existing infrastructures and political systems.  And of course, in about five billion years or so, our sun will run out of its hydrogen fuel and in the process of becoming a white dwarf, will first expand to become a red star, thus wiping out Earth and ALL of its inhabitants. 
Life extension is here now to a small degree.  More will come as technology progresses, but the cells in even the best brains will eventually lose their capabilities.  A bigger question might be to ask whether those humans who are living as full humans will be willing to expend the energy and resources needed to keep us cyborgs alive.  And if ALL of us became cyborgs, would there be any reproduction? And without new generations of humans, wouldn't boredom come even sooner?
I would hesitate to put a numerical limit on how long I would want to live--healthy and mentally as well as physically capable, but to be honest, I would want to be able to enjoy travel, food, drink, sex, tennis, companionship, and books/movies.  Take too many of those pleasures away and being a cyborg becomes quite lonely and possibly maddening!
The movie ZARDOZ with Sean Connery is an interesting example of the perils of immortality!
Tim Campbell

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