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Unstable Molecule

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Bk Ray

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Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 at 11:43:48 am EDT (Viewed 449 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Immortality - all it is cracked up to be?
Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 at 03:15:33 am EDT (Viewed 427 times)

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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.

      Would it be awesome or rubbish?

    Yes. Both.


      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.

    Of course, it depends on which direction society goes. Since the Renaissance, I think there's been steady improvement in the West. And I'm an optimist, so I don't really see an apocalypse coming.

    And yes, remember the old 60s TV series The Immortal-- his life was a wreck for people hounding him for the secret. You'd have to move around a lot, and I'm not really cool with that part. But I'd have to learn to adapt for comfortable survival, right?


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

      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.

    Well, yes, I don't think anyone would want to live that long. There needs to be some kind of out. Even Dorian Gray was screwed if his portrait was damaged. What exactly are the limits of your immortal body? Do you need air, water, food? If you starve, do you still feel the pain of it? Or are you like a vampire without the need for blood?

Yes, in this scenario, there is no out. Say, you possess a healing factor, so if you get shot you get a hole, but it heals, if you get your arm cut it grows back pretty quickly.

You have no physical need for air or food, but you still get psychologically hungry and feel short of breath.

You are not sure if going in a volcano would kill you, entrap you in lava with continuous burning pain. Same as being hit at ground zero by a nuke, you suspect you will be fine.

We will say you know you are immune to disease and probably radiation.

No out, unless you can figure one out. No special weakness to paintings or silver bullets etc.

I would only want this type of immortality if I knew I could voluntarily die if I wanted to (like a vampire going into the sun). Otherwise the horror of it would drive me crazy. Imagine if you were buried alive and stayed that way for thousands of years - or even forever!

There was a character in Neil Gaiman's Sandman that was granted immortality experimentally. Every 100 years, Morpheus would visit him and ask if he wanted to end the experiment (die). He never did, even in the worst of times. But he always had the option. That's the way I would accept immortality.

And a lean, silent figure slowly fades into the gathering darkness, aware at last that in this world, with great power there must also come -- great responsibility!