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Old 11-28-2012, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Wonders never cease to amaze!

"After more than 4,000 years almost since the dawn of recorded time, when Utnapishtim told Gilgamesh that the secret to immortality lay in a coral found on the ocean floor man finally discovered eternal life in 1988. He found it, in fact, on the ocean floor."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/ma...y.html?hp&_r=0
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:44 AM
 
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I'd love to be able to go back to my teens to relive those years. Hurry up scientists. This is neat though. There's a lot of potential for reversing diseases.
As the article says:

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Plainly speaking, it refused to die. It appeared to age in reverse, growing younger and younger until it reached its earliest stage of development, at which point it began its life cycle anew.
First off who will take care of me when I grow back to being a baby?

Whats to say in one of my new life's I wind up being raised by a pedophile?

~ or sold into slavery?

~ or my new body being used for harvesting organs?

Be careful what you wish for.............
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:46 PM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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We're already seeing the implications of longer life-spans and better health care on retirees, Social Security and Medicare. But the impact of even longer lifespans, let alone virtual immortality, would be unimaginable. Heck, the planet can hardly sustain even the current population!
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Texas
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We're already seeing the implications of longer life-spans and better health care on retirees, Social Security and Medicare. But the impact of even longer lifespans, let alone virtual immortality, would be unimaginable. Heck, the planet can hardly sustain even the current population!
Well on the other hand, people in the US and possibly other countries, are having fewer babies.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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Wait a minute, so guys like Gilgamesh knew about undersea life? Wow, did they have some sort of ancient SCUBA or something?
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I was just hearing something on the radio about a kind of jelly fish:

NY TIMES: Sommer kept his hydrozoans in petri dishes and observed their reproduction habits. After several days he noticed that his Turritopsis dohrnii was behaving in a very peculiar manner, for which he could hypothesize no earthly explanation. Plainly speaking, it refused to die. It appeared to age in reverse, growing younger and younger until it reached its earliest stage of development, at which point it began its life cycle anew.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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We're already seeing the implications of longer life-spans and better health care on retirees, Social Security and Medicare. But the impact of even longer lifespans, let alone virtual immortality, would be unimaginable. Heck, the planet can hardly sustain even the current population!
Many people will choose to leave the planet and explore the galaxy. I know I will as soon as the technology is here. Plus all technology will be increasing exponentially so the planet will be able to sustain way more people then it can today.
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