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Message 1869897 - Posted: 28 May 2017, 4:08:42 UTC
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Or, at least, for a very long time, say 1,000 years? Recent programming on the National Geographic channel and the Science channel indicate that progress is being made to identify the genetic factors that cause aging and death. If such breakthroughs are actually made I think most likely the beneficiaries will be the rich and famous leaving most of the rest of us to live only slightly longer than previous generations. Even though I have no immediate desire to end my stay here on earth I really doubt that I would enjoy life past 100 or so. Even with unlimited resources and a nice friendly planet to travel around on I get the feeling that it would all end up getting very old and stale after a while.

So, how long do you want to live?
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Message 1869901 - Posted: 28 May 2017, 4:17:30 UTC - in response to Message 1869897.  
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Even though I have no immediate desire to end my stay here on earth I really doubt that I would enjoy life past 100 or so. Even with unlimited resources and a nice friendly planet to travel around on I get the feeling that it would all end up getting very old and stale after a while.

I agree totally.
Doing the same thing over and over again seems very boring.
On other hand you would like to know more about future science.
But I could live with that.
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Message 1869902 - Posted: 28 May 2017, 4:25:17 UTC - in response to Message 1869901.  

Even though I have no immediate desire to end my stay here on earth I really doubt that I would enjoy life past 100 or so. Even with unlimited resources and a nice friendly planet to travel around on I get the feeling that it would all end up getting very old and stale after a while.

I agree totally.
Doing the same thing over and over again seems very boring.
On other hand you would like to know more about future science.
But I could live with that.

Imagine going to work for 900 years. No thank you.
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Message 1869905 - Posted: 28 May 2017, 4:29:29 UTC - in response to Message 1869902.  

Even though I have no immediate desire to end my stay here on earth I really doubt that I would enjoy life past 100 or so. Even with unlimited resources and a nice friendly planet to travel around on I get the feeling that it would all end up getting very old and stale after a while.

I agree totally.
Doing the same thing over and over again seems very boring.
On other hand you would like to know more about future science.
But I could live with that.

Imagine going to work for 900 years. No thank you.

LOL.
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Message 1869906 - Posted: 28 May 2017, 4:35:06 UTC - in response to Message 1869902.  

Even though I have no immediate desire to end my stay here on earth I really doubt that I would enjoy life past 100 or so. Even with unlimited resources and a nice friendly planet to travel around on I get the feeling that it would all end up getting very old and stale after a while.

I agree totally.
Doing the same thing over and over again seems very boring.
On other hand you would like to know more about future science.
But I could live with that.

Imagine going to work for 900 years. No thank you.

Well, one would have a lovely bank balance & pension to enjoy the remaining 100 in retirement :-)
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Message 1869907 - Posted: 28 May 2017, 4:42:07 UTC - in response to Message 1869906.  

Even though I have no immediate desire to end my stay here on earth I really doubt that I would enjoy life past 100 or so. Even with unlimited resources and a nice friendly planet to travel around on I get the feeling that it would all end up getting very old and stale after a while.

I agree totally.
Doing the same thing over and over again seems very boring.
On other hand you would like to know more about future science.
But I could live with that.

Imagine going to work for 900 years. No thank you.

Well, one would have a lovely bank balance & pension to enjoy the remaining 100 in retirement :-)

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Message 1869934 - Posted: 28 May 2017, 9:25:06 UTC

Recalling a Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged, it seems the long-term problem would be with Sunday afternoons.

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Message 1869937 - Posted: 28 May 2017, 10:05:57 UTC

I have always wanted to live for hundreds of millions of years. It would be facinating to watch plate tectonics in action. Long term geological changes, the coming and going of species, the changes in cultures would all be facinating to watch. Of course I would still want to retire at 67 or so, and would need to be impervious to wars, famon, meteor strikes, etc. I would just like to be around and witness all the changes.

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Message 1869948 - Posted: 28 May 2017, 12:41:59 UTC - in response to Message 1869937.  
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I have always wanted to live for hundreds of millions of years. It would be facinating to watch plate tectonics in action. Long term geological changes, the coming and going of species, the changes in cultures would all be facinating to watch. Of course I would still want to retire at 67 or so, and would need to be impervious to wars, famon, meteor strikes, etc. I would just like to be around and witness all the changes.

Steve

Different interests.

I look at the present. As an Historian of Human History, studying the present perhaps 1000 - 2000 years from now. Not as a Geologist would wish, "hundreds of millions of years" from now.

WOULD YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER?

The older I get. The longer I want to live. Of course, in good health.

At my present age, 120 - 130 years interests me. When I get into my 80's?
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Message 1870496 - Posted: 1 Jun 2017, 5:35:59 UTC

I'm thinking I would like to live long enough to be around when a few key discoveries are made, like is, or was there life on Mars or any other object in our solar system. And of course whether ET exists somewhere in our galaxy. The discovery of what the other 75% or so of the universe consists of, an answer better than dark matter or dark energy which tells us virtually nothing. I may live long enough for the first two questions to be answered but I really doubt whether the last one will ever be answered by mankind.
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Message 1870637 - Posted: 2 Jun 2017, 1:04:32 UTC - in response to Message 1869897.  

I suspect that on this planet at the moment the majority average lifespan for those healthy but not in impoverished or hostile environments is perhaps 70-ish years max?

I couldn't imagine living beyond that with a body and brain that will just keep getting more and more degraded and knackered.

There is a point at which the balance between the hunger for life and the pain or exhaustion of life tips.

If I was doing magical thinking however and thought science would be able to keep me healthy and sufferance free OR my body died and my soul would live on then yes I would like to go on forever..

.. but I would hate to float up to heaven and ponce around with wings or live a petty unimportant physical life just living..

For me a better question would be: 'If you could live forever how would you stop yourself falling into complacency and insane futility..'

Does anyone remember the movie Zardos?

.. but yes I would like to live for the rest of forever as long as it had challenge and the potential of worth..

In that sense even though 70 years is brief and full of challenge it suggests we have already lived a crappy form of forever.

To do the Riddick thing.. 'We all start somewhere.'

The purpose of life is life. It cares nothing for you or I or our concepts, ideas, feelings or sensibilities.

Life passes through us and is a thread that enables us to be and ask such difficult and interesting questions and then casts us off as it throws up more of it's interesting and annoying creative moments.

I neither want to continue into 'oneness' or nirvana or into old age and it's general crumblyness, nor do I wish a forever of bland foreverness.

As to the issue of ending stay, self termination, suicide or self euthanasia... I think that given we all know we die at some point a life that is not lived fearless of it's end is a life that never really ends.

Awareness of mortality is painfull.

Good thread \ question Bob DeWoody...

It's not really a 'politics' forum question but an any forum thought.

To make it more SETI.. I would love to go to Mars.. even if there was no return.. as long as I could have a couple of years... For me that would be worth an eternity..

Forever is a moment transfixed and our natural will to life unbound..
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Message 1870680 - Posted: 2 Jun 2017, 15:56:35 UTC
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I suspect that on this planet at the moment the majority average lifespan for those healthy but not in impoverished or hostile environments is perhaps 70-ish years max?

cRunchy...

Guessing correctly that you haven't reached the 70-ish age?

As you get older, in OK health. 70-ish comes very quickly, and doesn't seem very old. As a 70-ish, who is very busy. 90-ish would be my reference point for a "max".

BTW: My oldest son, when he turned 35 said. "25 seems like yesterday".

As you reach 70-ish. 50 seems like yesterday.
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Message 1870706 - Posted: 2 Jun 2017, 18:18:32 UTC
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Seems like Trump from Karlstad has put an end to the idea of living forever:(
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Message 1870869 - Posted: 3 Jun 2017, 12:04:49 UTC

I think bacteria's wont let us to live forever.
Link to Lynn's thread. https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=81435
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Message 1874947 - Posted: 25 Jun 2017, 5:49:26 UTC - in response to Message 1870637.  

Well said, cRunchy:

Does anyone remember the movie Zardos?

.. but yes I would like to live for the rest of forever as long as it had challenge and the potential of worth..

I neither want to continue into 'oneness' or nirvana or into old age and it's general crumblyness, nor do I wish a forever of bland foreverness.

As to the issue of ending stay, self termination, suicide or self euthanasia... I think that given we all know we die at some point a life that is not lived fearless of it's end is a life that never really ends.

To make it more SETI.. I would love to go to Mars.. even if there was no return.. as long as I could have a couple of years... For me that would be worth an eternity..


Forever is a moment transfixed and our natural will to life unbound..

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Message 1875145 - Posted: 26 Jun 2017, 6:39:49 UTC

Beyond my terrestrial life, I would love to roam around the universe checking out what really goes on out there. But, alas, I have little confidence in the concept of life after death.
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Message 1875417 - Posted: 28 Jun 2017, 0:19:59 UTC - in response to Message 1875145.  

I would love to roam around the universe checking out what really goes on out there.


Yes, I think that would be fun, too. :~)
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Message 1882130 - Posted: 4 Aug 2017, 21:29:45 UTC - in response to Message 1875417.  

Well, I turned 91 yesterday. I well remember those good old days when I was only 70ish. I did a lot of things in my 70's. Had a lot of fun. I'm still in good health though I'm restricted by certain personal responsibilities. I still enjoy life and I'm in no hurry to leave.

I'd like to live to see the first manned landing on Mars. In fact I'd volunteer for it even if it was a one way trip. But there will be many well qualified volunteers, one way or round trip.
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Message 1882147 - Posted: 4 Aug 2017, 22:41:36 UTC - in response to Message 1882130.  
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Message 1882149 - Posted: 4 Aug 2017, 22:48:11 UTC - in response to Message 1882130.  
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Well, I turned 91 yesterday. I well remember those good old days when I was only 70ish. I did a lot of things in my 70's. Had a lot of fun. I'm still in good health though I'm restricted by certain personal responsibilities. I still enjoy life and I'm in no hurry to leave.

I'd like to live to see the first manned landing on Mars. In fact I'd volunteer for it even if it was a one way trip. But there will be many well qualified volunteers, one way or round trip.

Congratulations Dave.

I am still in your "good old days" of 70's, and doing a lot of things.

Hopefully we both get to see (participate in!!!!) the first Mars landing.

After watching in school, the first American being launched into space on a B&W TV. I always wanted to be one of them!
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