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Living For 1000 Years [Mar. 8th, 2006|12:02 pm]
Tony Grist
Chap on TV was saying he knows how to reverse the ageing process. He reckons we'll have it cracked by the middle of the century. After that we'll have the option (not everyone will take it) of living for a thousand years.

Are we ready for this?
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2006-03-08 04:35 am (UTC)
Not if we still have to retire at 65. I'd probably be willing to go for a couple hundred, provided I stayed healthy, but I think 1,000 might be a bit much.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-03-08 04:39 am (UTC)
1000 is almost unimaginable (though I've been trying to imagine it with the Purchas stories.) How on earth would we manage? How would society as a whole manage?
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2006-03-08 10:45 am (UTC)
"have to"? Very few places require you to retire at 65 any more.
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From: ex_kharin447
2006-03-08 04:45 am (UTC)
Have you ever read 'The Trouble with Lichen' by John Wyndham? It postulates pretty much this scenario.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-03-08 09:24 am (UTC)
I haven't.

I guess Wyndham foresees a disaster. I don't think immortality need be that, but it would certainly throw our current social arrangements into confusion.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2006-03-08 04:55 am (UTC)
Well that would certainly become even more of a population problem!

I don't think I believe him though. Is his last name Frankenstein? ;-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-03-08 09:25 am (UTC)
I forget his name, but he was a weird looking bloke- with a very long beard and moustache.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2006-03-08 02:17 pm (UTC)
I'm betting that he might be a descendant...
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2006-03-08 05:01 am (UTC)
A thousand years. My goodness, we will all look like the Picture of Dorian Gray.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-03-08 09:26 am (UTC)
Ah, not- we'd all be regularly rejuvenated. The population would consist of nothing but 30somethings
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[User Picture]From: solar_diablo
2006-03-08 06:28 am (UTC)
God no. Not only do I NOT want to live that long, civilization will collapse as previous generations refuse to give way to the ones coming up. One more example of the misuse of technology.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-03-08 09:27 am (UTC)
I don't know if civilisation would collapse; it would certainly change.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2006-03-08 10:46 am (UTC)
Not without improved health care in the U.S.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-03-09 01:56 am (UTC)
And all sorts of other social adjustments.
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[User Picture]From: chochiyo_sama
2006-03-08 06:28 pm (UTC)
I'll take the thousand years. Who really ever thinks they are going to die anyhow?

Oh, sure, we KNOW we will--but it doesn't really seem real until something threatens our mortality.

I could be just as happy for a thousand years as I am now--and I could learn and do a lot of cool things. It's just doing the dishes and vaccuuming the rugs and having coffee with a friend....one day at a time--forever.


I would want to be regressed physically to about 10, though, because I want to PLAY.

heh heh heh.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-03-09 01:59 am (UTC)
I'd take it too- I think.

I want to be a pioneer.

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From: manfalling
2006-03-08 08:14 pm (UTC)
yeah, i wonder how hard it can be?

all the organic stuff except maybe the brain could be cloned and replaced. and the brain, hmm. maybe they can replace it a bit at a time. or just transfer all the information to a new one as if they were burning CD`s...

and as for all the people- well, probably we`ll need to go off and colonize space. meaning earth will be full of 1000 year olds and the space fringes will be full of young uns off sewing their wild oats. sounds ok to me...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-03-09 02:04 am (UTC)
Apparently there's no gene for ageing. The problem is that our cells simply accumulate damage faster than they can repair themselves. If that ratio can be reversed, we've got it sorted.

Yeah, I think serious space exploration would be the logical next step. With astronauts who can live 1000 years the prime objection to going to the stars (that it would take so long) is removed.
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[User Picture]From: chochiyo_sama
2006-03-10 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah!

I'll go to the stars!

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