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Bk Ray

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Subj: Re: Immortality - all it is cracked up to be?
Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 at 11:53:46 pm EDT (Viewed 75 times)
Reply Subj: Immortality - all it is cracked up to be?
Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 at 05:45:45 pm EDT (Viewed 103 times)


It would depend on some details. Mainly I would want an out since after three or four centuries or certain circumstances I would want it over.


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    Assume that you have immortality similar to Dorian Grey, you don't age and can heal from damage, immune to disease etc.



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    Would it be awesome or rubbish?


Depends on some details.


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    The first hundred or years or so would be good, but then constantly learning societies new regulations, advancements to ensure you don't end up in a lab somewhere would be weary.


This would be one of the negatives.


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    Would thousands of years of knowledge and eperience make up for the small steps evolution produce (probably, as seual selection is overtaking natural selection).


Would I be able to remember or have any recollection of it at all? If I could only remember the last few centuries at best then living beyond that starts to look less appealing.


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    Then figuring out that the planet will eventually be destroyed, but would still be alive would start to get on your mind, as would seeing everyone you know die. It would be a very lonely life.


Do you mean billions of years from now? Yes, that form of immortality would suck. Along with if the world changed too much and I was all alone.


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    The effects on memory could be bad, as current memories are automatically scaled to long term memory and autobiographical, it would appear that the older you get the speed of current events would be quicker and quicker.



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    It would be pretty cool to be a master of all human knowledge (or thereabouts).


I watched a 2007 film called A Man From Earth about a caveman who was born immortal and lived and adapted through 15,000 years of history.  One detail he emphasizes is it is impossible in the modern age to be a master of all human knowledge mainly because it is expanding so much in so many different fields. 

I think it would be a nice thing to have for a while at least.   To do all the things we don't ever feel we hae time to do since we spend so much time trying to survive. 

However, one big thing for me would to make sure my mind is adjusted for immortality.   I would not want to go insane or borded with life after a few centuries and then be stuck with it.  Nor would I want to get too disconnected from my fellow man nor lack empathy. 

Now that I think of it, certain teachings of Buddhism or mindfulness would be real useful for an immortal.