Saturday, December 22, 2012

Do You Want to Live Forever?

+Jerome Dallas suggested that I watch some Aubrey de Grey, so I did.  I had heard of him (or rather I had seen his overgrown beard in Singularity docs) but I didn't know much about him other than he's probably the lead figure in the trans-humanist movement.  He, along with plenty of other futurists, want us to be able to extend our biological selves indefinitely.

I find this topic interesting because talking about aging is simultaneously talking about death.  With death comes the unknown and with the unknown often comes spirituality.  It's a little comical how people are so quick to bash this idea of immortality.  They say that they would rather go to heaven or that it would be such a lonely experience.  They never take into account that even a million years of extended life would be nothing more than a blip on the 4 trillion that the earth has endured or the 13.75 trillion that the universe has mustered.

Naturally, this doesn't take into account the free will of a human being.  If you want to end it, you should have the right to end it (especially if you're eternal).  Anyway, watch this documentary (76 min.) when you have time.  He gets pretty concrete with his ideas within the first 20 min. and even though the word "death" pops up every other sentence, it definitely fits the category of "optimistic futurism".

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