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If the cure for mortality is found within your lifetime, would you go for it and become immortal?

On the one hand, we're not made for eternal youth. And one could argue that knowing life is short (or just limited) is what makes it worth living. And perhaps death is a major spiritual part of life, whether you believe in a soul or in a metaphorical one.
On the other hand, how is aging yet not another disease? Dying at age 80 is no more a "natural" death than being eaten alive by a bear or killed by malaria. In fact, "old age" is probably the most unnatural cause of death, statistically. So all that's probably just a cultural habit : diseases are evil but aging is good. Another point is that, well, things have changed. Perhaps our new environment makes it suitable for immortal youths.
And of course, becoming immortal only means that you die when YOU chose to die.

So would you go for the injection or not, and how do you rationalize your decision?

Thanks!

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    • Oct 31 2013: Simple, life isn't energy, just an very complicated bit of chemistry.
      The energy powering the chemistry goes somewhere else when you die, like a candle being snuffed. The energy isn't gone, its just re-purposed, and the chemistry stops in favor of something else.
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          Oct 31 2013: Nadav is right whether you like it or not. The energy in our body is the sum of energy of its constituents. You die and this energy contained in all the atoms of your body just will disperse into the environment as you slowly rot away. Doesn't sound like a happy ending, but that's how it works.
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      Oct 31 2013: Brian,
      Perhaps your idea of "rubbish" is closer to the truth than you thought:>) Rubbish (rejected matter) that is "re-purposed" is exactly what Nadav is trying to explain to you.

      I am not a scientist, and the idea seems clear to me.....energy, chemistry, physics.....

      The body dies and decomposes.....scientifically proven. When bodies are put directly into the earth, the decomposing elements compost (decaying material). With the heavy vaults and caskets, the decaying/composting process is changed a little.

      The composting process is energized and produces heat, so what was once the human body, is re-purposed.

      The energy that fuels the body, is also repurposed at the time of death, and goes back into the universal "grid", for lack of a better term.

      The human body is not that different than other natural elements, in that there is a certain life span, then the body dies and the energy is repurposed.

      Think about something simple.....the leaves on a tree. They fall off the tree every year, fall to the ground and compost. The composting process creates energy/heat, the decaying matter goes back into the ground to fertilize the soil, and prepare for new growing "stuff".

      It's really a simple process, but because some humans think we are SO special, they fail to see the relationship with all other natural processes.

      You don't have to agree Brian....it's ok:>)
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      Nov 2 2013: All is not energy - there is matter too. I disagree with most people, it seems, when they say some variation of "we are energy." I do not believe we (our minds/consciousness/soul) are energy (or matter) at all - we are information, and that for sure can be destroyed. Information can be transformed, transferred, backed up, restored, and destroyed.
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          Nov 2 2013: I wish reality was want I wanted it to be, not what I make it. I don't think collapsing the wave function gives you control of reality. In other words, quantum physics does not scale beyond the quantum scale, and hence that is why the Unified Field Theory (aka the Theory of Everything) is still so elusive to us. I agree totally regarding the tension between predictability and chaos.

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