Is Death Final? Who Wants To Live Forever?

Death has always fascinated me. It is the period in this sentence. Death marks the spot where it ends and my life as I knew it, cease to exist. Or, doesn't it?

Below is a video on Exploring Life Extension from the Immortality Institute.

I want to live forever if such can be accomplished through science and technology. The idea of having my own clone/s on top of being immortal (depends entirely on future regulatory policies) is very attractive to me. I can be out fishing on a given day while my clone is off to a distant journey to our galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy. There are just so many things to do in this observable universe that one physical body cannot possibly accomplish in one human lifetime. I want to meet Van Gogh and shake his hand. Or, meet the clone of Jesus (if he ever existed at all and if fossils can be traced) which is unlikely for he disappeared up in the sky! Oh. well let's just forget about that dude then. :)

Hope you watch the video and share your insights.

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Comment by Roy The Infidel on February 4, 2010 at 6:00pm
@ Felch

I thought there was more. The future is brave but not stupid. Fact is, there is no escaping it. The system you describe is presently the one in operation.

How do you propose to stop it?
Comment by Howard S. Dunn on February 4, 2010 at 12:41pm
BTW - a clone is like a twin - not a doppelganger. Van Gogh's clone might have his same talent - but would be an entirely different person shaped by entirely different experiences.
Comment by Howard S. Dunn on February 4, 2010 at 12:39pm
Frankly, for me, death is what makes life precious. I have a healthy survival instinct like anyone else. And I'd love to see what we come up with in the future (I think I do, anyway - it might just really suck.)

What happens if you got mad, killed someone, and got life in prison?
Comment by Roy The Infidel on February 4, 2010 at 2:57am
Ah, yes. I am reminded of the objections that were leveled at the Large Hadron Collider project of CERN - the staggering amount and budget to build it would have been put to better use or causes. I share your sentiment on these valid concerns but must research pause and wait while we fix mother earth's problems?

"There's a Pandora's box of objections to raise and I doubt mine would cover the whole spectrum."

I'm all ears. I could learn a thing or two and would be much appreciated.
Comment by Shamar on February 4, 2010 at 2:49am
I love the idea of extending my lifetime indefinitely.....but, only if I have the option of ending it any time I want. The Idea of being trapped in some kind of immortality of existence is horrifying.
Comment by Roy The Infidel on February 4, 2010 at 1:53am
"It is also raw denialism of nature."

Interesting point, Felch. But, taking charge of our evolution shouldn't be simply dismissed as raw denialism of nature, don't you think?

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