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Change The Blueprint [Jul. 21st, 2005|10:01 am]
Tony Grist
The human body is in urgent need of a re-design.

I mean, basically, it's the same monkey body we had when we first traipsed out of the woods and onto the savannahs.

It's built to last about 25 years. After which time it starts going wrong. We've quadrupled our life expectancy, but without upgrading the vehicle. And so we spend three quarters of our life-span in a body that's performing well below its best. How stupid is that?

We accept that an athlete is past it by thirty. How abject!

And it's so fragile. Why settle for skin and bone when you could have titanium?

[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-07-21 04:46 am (UTC)
How right you are. I'd never considered it before, that really we're meant for 25 good years.

I feel really cobbled together at this point. I envy those people in science fiction books who download themselves into computers so that their essence is in bytes and they can roam the universe.

If we could do things over, rewrite our evolution, I'd really like to have wings. Although by now I suspect my feathers would be falling out. Figures.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-21 04:50 am (UTC)
"I feel really cobbled together at this point"

Me too. I want to be downloaded into a new body. One that will be eternally 25 years old.

OK, it's not doable now, but it will be. I'm sure of it!
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-07-21 05:10 am (UTC)
I suppose this is the moment to talk about how we'll have new bodies in heaven. But I suspect there's a catch.

I want to be me, not just an unknowing part of God--if I'm part of God, wonderful! But what if I don't know?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-21 06:41 am (UTC)
I agree.

The point is to know, to understand.

That's been the whole forward drive of evolution- towards a creature that can understand the universe its a part of.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-07-21 07:23 am (UTC)
That's been the whole forward drive of evolution- towards a creature that can understand the universe its a part of.

If--a big if one "believes" in process theology (and it is fun to play with the idea of God evolving through us), then it's just a small leap to think that, in the same way we wish as children to shrink down and be able to go inside our dollhouses, or see the world as ants might, God might want to experience the universe (this one realm at least) as those who inhabit it do.

Then, at the end (as we have said many times here), all our Vital Essence and growth is dumped into the great Energy cauldron, and is absorbed back into God, who uses it to learn.

Simplistic, I know. And probably wrong: more and more I am convinced that God isn't a pinpoint Being (like us), but all of this. And--to leap to Pantentheism--hopefully more than "all this."

I used to think, if God can make the universe, what ELSE (beyond imagining) can God do?

Is this it?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-21 11:06 am (UTC)
I don't see how we can be anything else but simplistic- we're simple beings, after all.

Someone said he reckoned that the universe was not only stranger than we think, but stranger than we CAN think.

Theology is an art form, not a science. It paints pictures
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-07-21 11:30 am (UTC)
Theology is an art form, not a science. It paints pictures.

Exactly. I like that.

I've read too many books. I expect--demand--an ending which will reveal everything.

You know those star-fields showing multiple galaxies against a black background? When I look at them I think of the corpuscles in our veins, and how if we were small enough our location would seem vast and we could begin to think we were in a universe of corpuscle galaxies.

Maybe we're in a vast body known as God.
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