The key to eternal life, the fountain of youth, is it possible, and is it even desirable? I remember back in the 60s, reading in Popular Science Magazine that scientists had been able to keep a few cells of chicken flesh alive in a petri dish, came to the conclusion that they could be kept alive forever, and announced that eternal life, a world without death was just around the corner. Some fifty plus years later, we’re not even close.
Dr. de Gray suggests in the article below that the human body is a machine with moving parts that wear out. Most materialists, or reductionists, will go even further than that, suggesting that even the brain, even the mind, is some chemical, electrical machine with memory storage that works inside your skull.
And while it’s true that bone, with things such as hip replacements can be screwed, glued, and bolted into place, you can’t replace your nervous system with some wiring harness such as you might find in an auto parts room.
But aside from all that, what problems would eternal life present to life in the everyday world? How about with nobody dying, would we soon run out of room; after a couple of centuries, would there be standing room only with no room for new births and forced sterilization?
And what about the political power structure? Could you imagine how much power the Roman emperors would have accumulated if they were still alive from the days of the early empire unto today? What about control-freak, NWO globalists like George Soros or David Rockefeller? To what lengths would such people go to secure their power if they knew their time on earth was not limited to nine or ten decades at most but that they would be around for thousands of years?
What sort of risks would people take if they knew they could live forever? Would anyone have risked discovering the New World, or risked their lives inventing machines like the airplane, or gone to the moon. And how tragic would it be if you were killed in an auto accident when you could have lived hundreds or thousands of years?
And what about supporting yourself? Sure, living forever might be great if you had an intellectual curiosity and enjoyed doing new things and had an unlimited supply of cash that wasn’t subject to inflation. But what if you were middle class and had to suffer through a life of drudgery for the next thousand years? How long would it take for the average person to become a burnout? How long would it take for a small group to make everyone their slaves?
Better to die and be absorbed back into the source from which you came, better to return to your essence and blend with God. Or, if you’re not ready for eternal bliss, then to be reincarnated and start a fresh life, a fresh adventure on equal ground with the rest of your peers.
KEY TO ETERNAL LIFE? Someone already born will ‘live to 1,000 and immortality IS possible’
A DOCTOR who has dedicated his work to the quest for eternal life insists the record for the oldest living person will soon fall and someone already alive will keep going until they make 1,000.
Dr Aubrey de Grey believes people who have already been born could live for ten centuries because of ongoing research being done into “repairing the effects of ageing.”
He hopes to ultimately create preventative treatments that mean humans would be able to consistently re-repair and live as long as 1,000 years or possible even forever.
British-born Mr de Grey, who graduated from Cambridge University in 1985 insists he is one of very few scientists looking at preventing, rather than slowing down ageing, and is perplexed why there is not huge focus on it.
He told the actuary.com: “To me, ageing was the world’s most important problem. It was so obvious that I never tested the assumption. I always presumed that everyone else thought the same.”
But his theory for repairing ageing has not been widely accepted by peers.
He said: “People have this crazy concept that ageing is natural and inevitable, and I have to keep explaining that it is not.
“The human body is a machine with moving parts and like a car or an aeroplane, it accumulates damage throughout life as a consequence of normal operation.” . . . (more)
In this book, The Mind’s Eye: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul, Douglas R. Hofstadter and Daniel C. Dennett present a collection of essays and short stories that ask what is consciousness, can AI obtain consciousness, and would it be possible to download someone’s mind onto software and upload it into a new body: a form of immortality.