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  • Google's chief futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks we could start living forever by 2029

    04/20/2016 5:12:57 PM PDT · by John W · 55 replies ^ | April 20, 2016 | Brandt Ranj
    Ray Kurzweil, Google's chief futurist, laid out what he thinks the next few decades will look like in an interview with Playboy. Kurzweil is one of the biggest believers in The Singularity, the moment when humans — with the aid of technology —will supposedly live forever. He's chosen the year 2045 because, according to his calculations, "The nonbiological intelligence created in that year will reach a level that’s a billion times more powerful than all human intelligence today." But even before 2045, Kurzweil thinks we could begin the deathless process. "I believe we will reach a point around 2029 when...
  • Ray Kurzweil Wants to Make Us Gods, But Got the Piano Wrong

    10/03/2015 12:43:34 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 13 replies
    9/2/2015 | Charles O'Connell
     Google's director of engineering Ray Kurzweil is promising that with robots in our brains, we'll be godlike.  Yes, but what tawdry gods we'd be. Okay, all I have to do is realize that I'm god, or as a technological solution to the fundamental ontological question "why?", get one of Kurzweil's gizmos implanted in my skull. But what a poor job I'm doing from my shabby Mt. Olympus. Just take a look around you, a world of repression & murder, but with no excuse, with a sufficient amount of everything for everybody to have enough of everything. Enough agriculture, manufacturing &...
  • Scientist claims immortality within reach

    07/04/2015 10:11:55 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 61 replies ^ | 7/4/15 |
    Scientist claims immortality within reach A visiting American research scientist says he is close to discovering a 'cure' for ageing, that he could have a drug ready for testing by the end of next year. Molecular Biologist Dr Bill Andrews told TV ONE's SUNDAY programme that humans shouldn't have to suffer from the ravages of ageing. He says that ageing is a disease that should, and could be cured. His research centres around Telomeres - small caps at the end of our chromosomes that become shorter every time our cells divide. When they become critically short, we age and eventually...
  • Silicon Valley Is Trying to Make Humans Immortal—and Finding Some Success

    03/06/2015 5:59:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 5, 2015 | Betsy Isaacson
    Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, plans to live to be 120. Compared with some other tech billionaires, he doesn’t seem particularly ambitious. Dmitry Itskov, the “godfather” of the Russian Internet, says his goal is to live to 10,000; Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle, finds the notion of accepting mortality “incomprehensible,” and Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, hopes to someday “cure death.” These titans of tech aren’t being ridiculous, or even vainglorious; their quests are based on real, emerging science that could fundamentally change what we know about life and about death. It’s hard to believe, though, since the...
  • Would You Choose Immortality?

    06/19/2014 10:34:45 AM PDT · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 90 replies
    Ricochet ^ | June 19,2014 | Melissa Dawdy
    After reading Jon Gabriel’s recent piece regarding funerals, it occurred to me that ever since I learned about mortality (at about age four), I’ve wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. I’ve kept in shape and have always enjoyed lots of butter (I knew it was good for me before Time announced it!). But I still know that, in the end, death is a place where we are all equal. Science and technology will eventually find a way for people to live a very long time, if not “forever.” The first to benefit will be the very wealthy, but the...
  • How Hitler and Judas could end up in heaven

    06/04/2014 6:52:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 262 replies
    The Week ^ | 06/04/2014 | Damon Linker
    In certain schools of Christian thought, hell is not everlasting, but a more painful form of purgatory. M any Christians presume that hell is a place where brutally painful punishments are inflicted on evildoers for an indefinite, and perhaps infinite, amount of time in the afterlife. Think of a medieval torture chamber with no exit — or fire extinguishers. But this, as I argued in a recent column, makes no theological sense. If morality is good, then doing the right thing must be its own reward and doing the wrong thing must be its own punishment. To think that a...
  • We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

    03/31/2014 8:58:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Quartz ^ | March 29, 2014 | Christopher Mims
    A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever. + Their quest is elegantly laid out in The Immortalists, a new documentary making its way around the film festival circuit. The Immortalists follows the triumphs and tragedies of three years in the lives of William H. Andrews and Aubrey de Grey, two men who prove just as interesting as the work they’re doing. The Immortalists is really a film about death, not life,...
  • Girl who never ages could hold key to 'biological immortality,' researcher says

    08/17/2013 1:34:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 08/17/2013 | BY VICTORIA TAYLOR
    Eight-year-old Gabby Williams weighs only 11 pounds. The tiny girl from Billings, Mont., still looks like an infant and needs to be cared for as if she is a newborn, with her mother and father changing her diapers and feeding her multiple times a day. Her mother, Mary Margret Williams, told that Gabby hasn't changed much over the years. In fact, her skin still feels like a baby's and her hair is still fine-textured. "She has gotten a little longer and we have jumped into putting her in size 3-6 month clothes instead of 0-3 months for the footies,"...
  • Immortality by 2035?

    06/16/2013 4:05:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 14, 2013 | Bob Pisani
    How's this for a weekend conference: Some of the smartest people in the world are gathering in New York to try to figure out how to build lifelike copies of humans ... to be eventually uploaded with the contents of a real human brain. It's the brainchild of a Russian multimillionaire, Dmitry Itskov. ... And he says he's perfectly serious, and that it could be accomplished by 2035. Crazy? The New York Times gave Itskov a front-page profile on its Sunday Business page a week and a half ago. Imagine this ... a digital copy of your brain in a...
  • Russian billionaire’s plan for immortality by 2045 includes turning us into cyborgs

    04/05/2013 9:53:28 AM PDT · by null and void · 53 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 4/1/13 | Nicolette Emmino
    This article was posted on 04/01/2013 Russian billionaire’s plan for immortality by 2045 includes turning us into cyborgs Technology may be advancing, but it doesn’t change the fact that the human body is limited. Eventually, human beings die.  Maybe immortality sounds like science fiction, especially when thinking about cyborgs, avatars, and robots, but for one Russian man, living forever in a machine’s body is the future, and it’s not so far away. After Dmitry Itskov made a fortune as founder of a web publishing company, New Media Stars, he began thinking about the meaning of life and consciousness. Last February, Itskov gathered...
  • Ray Kurzweil Says We’re Going to Live Forever

    01/27/2013 10:33:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2013 | Andrew Goldman
    As a futurist, you are famous for making predictions of when technological innovations will actually occur. Are you willing to predict the year you will die? My plan is to stick around. We’ll get to a point about 15 years from now where we’re adding more than a year every year to your life expectancy. To clarify, you’re predicting your immortality. The problem is I can’t get on the phone with you in the future and say, “Well, I’ve done it, I have lived forever,” because it’s never forever. You have described microscopic nanobots of the future that will be...
  • Human immortality could be possible by 2045, say Russian scientists

    08/01/2012 4:49:08 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 44 replies
    CBC ^ | 7/31/12 | Lauren O'Neil
    If Dmitry Itskov's 2045 initiative plays out as planned, humans will have the option of living forever with the help of machines in only 33 years. It may sound ridiculous, but the 31-year-old Russian mogul is dead serious about neuroscience, android robotics, and cybernetic immortality. He has already pulled together a team of leading Russian scientists intent on creating fully functional holographic human avatars that house artificial brains which contain a person's complete consciousness - in other words, a humanoid robot. Together, they've laid out an ambitious course of action that would see the team transplant a human brain...
  • DARPA project seeks immortality, suspended animation

    07/24/2011 10:52:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | July 19, 2011 | John Oates
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is offering money to researchers looking at identifying and controlling timing mechanisms in cells, including those of the human body. The blue sky gazing loon-collective notes that no single "master switch" has been found to control genes' activities. But it hopes that the "Biochronicity" programme will find a way to understand and predict "temporal features of biological systems". The four-year programme will start by identifying "episequences and validation in experimental biological systems". After two years, DARPA hopes to move to Phase II, which aims to conduct Live Fire Tests. Should the research prove...
  • What Happens When You Die?

    06/25/2011 7:52:46 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 63 replies
    Logos Apologia ^ | June 22, 2011 | Cris D. Putnam
    What happens when you die? The Bible uses the word death in different senses. Jesus said: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt 10:28). Also in Revelation 20:6, John speaks of a “second death,” apparently distinguishing it from the first death or the usual understanding of death. It is important to note that the only way to escape the second death and Hell is through the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn 11:26). Make sure to be in on that one! Now...
  • Harvard Scientists Reverse the Ageing Process in Mice – Now for Humans

    11/29/2010 5:55:48 AM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Guardian ^ | November 29, 2010 | Ian Sample
    Scientists claim to be a step closer to reversing the ageing process after rejuvenating worn out organs in elderly mice. The experimental treatment developed by researchers at Harvard Medical School turned weak and feeble old mice into healthy animals by regenerating their aged bodies. The surprise recovery of the animals has raised hopes among scientists that it may be possible to achieve a similar feat in humans – or at least to slow down the ageing process. An anti-ageing therapy could have a dramatic impact on public health by reducing the burden of age-related health problems, such as dementia, stroke...
  • NATURAL IMMORTALITY: A Christian Doctrine?

    02/06/2010 9:48:03 AM PST · by Ken4TA · 10 replies · 381+ views ^ | 1992 | Steve Jones
    Immortality! It has been “brought to light” by Jesus Christ and his gospel (2 Tim. 1:10). Eternal life — an immortal existence — is offered freely to the lowest of sinners who reach out and take hold of the Savior by faith. Christ himself said, “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day”(John 6:40). This must be underscored in the Church today; it is a point at which multitudes stumble. The eternal life given by our Lord is...

    02/05/2010 3:58:45 PM PST · by Ken4TA · 37 replies · 398+ views
    1993 | Curtis Dickinson
    Of all the religious traditions which stand in the way of understanding the teachings of Jesus and the apostles is the one which substitutes the Platonic concept of the soul for the truth of Scripture. Plato’s concepts began to dominate Greek culture in the fourth century BC, and are still popular today. In most any university library you will find many more books on Plato than you will on Jesus. Plato held that “souls” are a part of the invisible and permanent realm and are not affected by the change and decay of the visible world; therefore they are immortal....
  • Resurrection Truths

    05/28/2008 3:30:50 PM PDT · by Truth Defender · 77 replies · 90+ views
    Being a person who believes the words of God’s Anointed One, Jesus, and whose blessed hope is in the resurrection from the dead at the last day, I could be called a “resurrection oriented Christian. In my visits and study of the various denominations of Christendom over many years I have found that the resurrection is no longer the central and main message but is given lip-service in most church rituals of worship. The resurrection truths as spoken of by Jesus seems only to be expounded upon in some detail on the day called “Easter,” and hardly ever related to...
  • [Bitpig] Science Fiction And The Future: So What?

    10/03/2007 1:31:45 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 57 replies · 795+ views ^ | 2007.10.03 | Bitpig [B-Chan]
    Science Fiction has a lousy record of predicting the future. In the 1930s, for example, it was widely held that by 1970, toga-clad descendants of the Depression Generation would be living in giant art deco cities full of speeding Dymaxion Cars and dining on food pills. In the '50s and '60s, it was rocket belts and atomic-powered flying cars we were supposed to be enjoying by 2000. And today? In almost every extrapolation of the future I've read lately, the ultimate fate of mankind is uploading -- the transference of consciousness from biological to digital substrates. Such uploads, it is...
  • The Advantages of Immortality

    06/12/2007 12:01:06 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 235+ views
    Associated Content ^ | April 7, 2007 | G. Stolyarov II
    George is a regular wage laborer -- industrious, but somewhat frail and easy to tire. Thus, George is unable to put in 18 hours every day for running a small business or generating a vast fortune quickly.Had he lived the average human lifespan, he would likely have died owning only a small home and having a fairly marginal discretionary income. But George is fortunate, for he lives in an age where immortality has just been made a commercial product.
  • Life is Worth Living -- Forever

    06/06/2007 12:34:50 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 6 replies · 388+ views
    Associated Content ^ | February 2, 2007 | G. Stolyarov II
    Most people are astonished when I tell them that I would like to live forever. "Would that not get extremely boring after a long time?" many of them ask. I respond, "Being dead - sensing nothing, thinking nothing, feeling nothing - would be far more boring. Besides, one is dead forever; once one is dead, one cannot simply recognize the misfortune of one's situation and decide that one will not be dead anymore." An absence of everything is far more boring than a presence of anything.
  • Altered States - Scientists Analyze the Near-Death Experience

    05/25/2007 3:22:20 PM PDT · by Renfield · 47 replies · 1,822+ views
    University of Virginia Magazine ^ | Summer 2007 | Lee Graves
    Rocky collected money for the Mafia. A typical bagman, he was immersed in the material world of fast cars, quick cash and getting ahead by butting heads. One day, he was shot in the chest and left for dead on the street. He survived, though, and lived to tell of an experience that changed his life. "He described a blissful, typical near-death experience—seeing the light, communicating with a deity and seeing deceased relatives," says Bruce Greyson, a U.Va.-trained psychiatrist who interviewed Rocky after the shooting. "He came back with typical near-death aftereffects. He felt that cooperation and love were the...
  • Fantastic Voyage : Live Long Enough to Live Forever

    05/25/2006 2:20:45 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 19 replies · 1,043+ views ^ | September 27, 2005 | Ray Kurzweil & Terry Grossman, M.D.
    Immortality is within our grasp . . . In Fantastic Voyage, high-tech visionary Ray Kurzweil teams up with life-extension expert Terry Grossman, M.D., to consider the awesome benefits to human health and longevity promised by the leading edge of medical science--and what you can do today to take full advantage of these startling advances. Citing extensive research findings that sound as radical as the most speculative science fiction, Kurzweil and Grossman offer a program designed to slow aging and disease processes to such a degree that you should be in good health and good spirits when the more extreme...
  • How to live forever

    02/25/2006 10:54:27 AM PST · by voletti · 65 replies · 1,161+ views
    The Economist ^ | 2/25/06 | The Economist
    The latest from the wacky world of anti-senescence therapy DEATH is a fact of life—at least it has been so far. Humans grow old. From early adulthood, performance starts to wane. Muscles become progressively weaker, cognition fails. But the point at which age turns to ill health and, ultimately, death is shifting—that is, people are remaining healthier for longer. And that raises the question of how death might be postponed, and whether it might be postponed indefinitely. Humans are certainly living longer. An American child born in 1970 could expect to live 70.8 years. By 2000, that had increased to...
  • The Quest For Immortality

    01/02/2006 5:44:29 AM PST · by Neville72 · 26 replies · 874+ views
    (CBS) How’s this for an offer you can’t refuse: how would you like to live say, 400 or 500 years, or even more and all of them in perfect health? It’s both a Utopian and a nightmare scenario but there are those who say it is well within the realm of possibility. Though we live longer and healthier lives than our grandparents, 100 is more or less the outer limit because, catastrophic disease aside, we just plain wear out. But 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer talked to one scientist who says that’s old-fashioned thinking, that sometime in the next 20...
  • Want to live to be 1,000? Some think we could

    12/27/2005 2:21:20 PM PST · by Radix · 162 replies · 4,219+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | Monday, December 26, 2005 | Michael Woods
    The first person to live to age 1,000 probably will turn 60 in 2006. Within 20 years or so, we'll have treatments for aging. Medicine will repair the damage that already has occurred in people who are in their 80s. They'll live on and on with healthy bodies and sharp minds.  
  • Hang in There: The 25-Year Wait for Immortality

    10/20/2005 7:30:02 PM PDT · by Termite_Commander · 16 replies · 664+ views ^ | April 11th, 2005 | Ker Than
    "I think it’s reasonable to suppose that one could oscillate between being biologically 20 and biologically 25 indefinitely." -- Aubrey de Grey Time may indeed be on your side. If you can just last another quarter century. By then, people will start lives that could last 1,000 years or more. Our human genomes will be modified to include the genetic material of microorganisms that live in the soil, enabling us to break down the junk proteins that our cells amass over time and which they can’t digest on their own. People will have the option of looking and feeling the...
  • Maverick who believes we can live for ever

    09/11/2005 2:28:14 PM PDT · by billorites · 42 replies · 933+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | September 10, 2005 | Mark Honigsbaum
    In 1998 a scientist at the California Institute of Technology discovered a gene that could extend the life of fruit flies by 30%. He dubbed it the Methuselah gene after the Biblical prophet who lived to 969. Now a self-taught gerontologist believes our mortality could one day be similarly extended. At a conference at Queen's College, Cambridge, this week, Aubrey de Grey, a 41-year-old Cambridge computer scientist, told a research audience that there was no reason why people should not live to 1,000. It sounds like science fiction, but for all that Dr de Grey has been dismissed as a...
  • Authors offer immortality in Web auction

    08/17/2005 9:40:24 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 7 replies · 202+ views
    Excite News ^ | 17 August 2005 | Claudia Parsons
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - How much would you pay to be immortalized as a zombie in a Stephen King novel or a good guy in a John Grisham thriller? King and Grisham are among 16 authors selling the right to have a character in a book named for the buyer to raise money for the First Amendment Project, a California-based nonprofit group that promotes freedom of information and expression. Details of exactly what each author is offering have been posted on Internet auction site eBay and the auctions will be held between September 1 and September 25, the group said...
  • 2050 - and immortality is within our grasp: an extraordinary vision of life in the next 45 years

    05/22/2005 1:38:43 PM PDT · by billorites · 35 replies · 864+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | May 22, 2005 | David Smith
    Aeroplanes will be too afraid to crash, yoghurts will wish you good morning before being eaten and human consciousness will be stored on supercomputers, promising immortality for all - though it will help to be rich. These fantastic claims are not made by a science fiction writer or a crystal ball-gazing lunatic. They are the deadly earnest predictions of Ian Pearson, head of the futurology unit at BT. 'If you draw the timelines, realistically by 2050 we would expect to be able to download your mind into a machine, so when you die it's not a major career problem,' Pearson...
  • Methuselah Project! The cure to old age?

    04/19/2005 7:45:55 AM PDT · by SouthernBoyupNorth · 12 replies · 773+ views
    Live Science ^ | 11 Apr 2005 | Ker Than
    Time may indeed be on your side. If you can just last another quarter century. By then, people will start lives that could last 1,000 years or more. Our human genomes will be modified to include the genetic material of microorganisms that live in the soil, enabling us to break down the junk proteins that our cells amass over time and which they can’t digest on their own. People will have the option of looking and feeling the way they did at 20 for the rest of their lives, or opt for an older look if they get bored. Of...
  • I'm going to live forever

    03/13/2005 4:25:11 PM PST · by saquin · 145 replies · 3,978+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 3/14/05 | Bryan Appleyard
    Some scientists predict that today's children will be able to live for more than 1,000 years. Is immortality just around the corner? Bryan Appleyard peers into a hair-raising future without death Somewhere in the world today lives a child who will change everything. Imagine this child is called Sally. Today is her 11th birthday. She lives in Esher in Surrey. Her parents are happy and wealthy. All her grandparents are old, alive and well. I’ve given her this background for specific reasons. Sally is a girl because women live about five years longer than men. She is 11 because, at...
  • Inventor Kurzweil Aiming to Live Forever

    02/13/2005 5:40:05 AM PST · by wingblade · 47 replies · 1,233+ views
    Technology - AP ^ | 2/13/2005 | JAY LINDSAY
    By JAY LINDSAY, Associated Press Writer WELLESLEY, Mass. - Ray Kurzweil doesn't tailgate. A man who plans to live forever doesn't take chances with his health on the highway, or anywhere else. As part of his daily routine, Kurzweil ingests 250 supplements, eight to 10 glasses of alkaline water and 10 cups of green tea. He also periodically tracks 40 to 50 fitness indicators, down to his "tactile sensitivity." Adjustments are made as needed. "I do actually fine-tune my programming," he said. The famed inventor and computer scientist is serious about his health because if it fails him he might...
  • Has Science Discovered God?

    01/08/2005 1:41:34 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 34 replies · 1,630+ views
    Circuit Traces ^ | 1995 | Christopher Hunt
    The discovery of death may well be the defining moment in the evolution of our species. The knowledge that our existence is circumscribed, that it cannot be taken for granted, brought about our fall from grace, our loss of innocence. The fact of Death is the cornerstone on which all human knowledge is built. It is the source of our greatest anxiety, and of our greatest inspiration. It is a fact that even today most, if not all of us, continue to refuse to accept. That refusal has led us to search for a "work-around". It has led us to...
  • The Prophet of Immortality

    12/11/2004 8:31:49 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 24 replies · 1,831+ views
    Popular Science ^ | January 2005 Issue | Joseph Hooper
    Controversial theorist Aubrey de Grey insists that we are within reach of an engineered cure for aging. Are you prepared to live forever? On this glorious spring day in Cambridge, England, the heraldic flags are flying from the stone towers, and I feel like I could be in the 17th century—or, as I pop into the Eagle Pub to meet University of Cambridge longevity theorist Aubrey de Grey, the 1950s. It was in this pub, after all, that James Watson and Francis Crick met regularly for lunch while they were divining the structure of DNA and where, in February 1953,...
  • 'We will be able to live to 1,000'

    12/03/2004 6:38:26 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 101 replies · 2,861+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | Friday, December 3, 2004 | Dr, Aubrey de Grey
    Life expectancy is increasing in the developed world. But Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey believes it will soon extend dramatically to 1,000. Here, he explains why. Ageing is a physical phenomenon happening to our bodies, so at some point in the future, as medicine becomes more and more powerful, we will inevitably be able to address ageing just as effectively as we address many diseases today. I claim that we are close to that point because of the SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) project to prevent and cure ageing. It is not just an idea: it's a very...
  • The Ultimate Good

    11/12/2004 4:33:31 PM PST · by Capitalismparty · 1 replies · 220+ views
    Local Group ^ | November 12, 2004 | David L. Hunter
    The Ultimate Good How you can experience the ultimate good Copyright © 2004 "A new political configuration is about to be born. Whether that new configuration will include a reconstituted Democratic Party or a new and as yet unknown third party is not clear. But one thing is certain, the deconstruction of post 1960s liberalism and with it the old Democratic Party has now past the point of no return." -- Kirt Sechooler Introduction What is the ultimate good? Is it a new car, a new home, a vacation or a cure for cancer? No. These are goods that the...
  • The Quest for Indefinite Life III: The Progress of SENS

    08/22/2004 9:10:49 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 4 replies · 375+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | July 31, 2004 | Dr. Aubrey D. N. J. de Grey
    The curious case of the catatonic biogerontologists The SENS strategy as described here purports to have all the characteristics that should make it persuasive: it's detailed, it's thorough and it's all firmly based on established experimental work in the various relevant areas of biology. So, you may well ask, where's the catch? Why, on all the many documentaries on aging that remain so popular, don't my colleagues come out and advocate the work that I advocate? There are three main reasons why most mainstream gerontologists remain so conspicuously absent from the growing band of vocal advocates of the SENS approach...
  • The Quest for Indefinite Life II: The Seven Deadly Things and Why There Are Only Seven

    08/21/2004 9:10:09 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 8 replies · 617+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | July 30, 2004 | Dr. Aubrey D. N. J. de Grey
    (Note: The original article is replete with in-text links and visual aids; please visit it in order to access those links.) SENS is a practical, foreseeable approach to curing aging because all the types of metabolic side-effect whose accumulation is (or is even hypothesised to be) eventually pathogenic are amenable to repair (or in some cases obviation, i.e. disruption of the mechanism by which they become pathogenic) by techniques that, according to the experimentalists who have performed the key work on which those techniques build, can (with adequate funding) probably be implemented in mice within a decade or so. There...
  • The Quest for Indefinite Life I

    08/20/2004 9:58:33 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 13 replies · 426+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | July 29, 2004 | Dr. Aubrey D. N. J. de Grey
    (Note: The original article is replete with in-text links; please visit it in order to access those links.) What is Engineered Negligible Sensecence? "It's not a very catchy name, is it?" you may be thinking. Yes, I know -- "Engineered Negligible Senescence" has ten syllables and is not the world's most memorable, or indeed self-explanatory, phrase. But it is a good name for our ultimate goal, honest -- as well as SENS being a catchy acronym. Here's an explanation. I'm afraid it starts with a rather long preamble, but trust me, it's worth it. First, let's be precise: our ultimate...
  • Richard Morgan's "Altered Carbon"

    08/09/2003 5:39:08 AM PDT · by cgbg · 4 replies · 241+ views
    vanity-book commentary | August 9, 2003 | cgbg jr
    I want to highly recommend this book. This is Morgan's first, just released in the U.S. this year. It is a noir detective story in a science fiction setting. The SF ideas come fast and furious, and the detailed description of a future San Francisco will capture your imagination. Immortality is a theme that has come to the forefront in science fiction in the digital age. If our brains were downloaded into computers, and clones were held in storage in the event of our death, then, voila, we could live forever. Richard Morgan explores the dark side of such a...
  • [ Daily Tolkien ] Death and Funerary Customs in Middle-earth

    01/29/2003 5:20:16 AM PST · by JameRetief · 4 replies · 913+ views
    Tolkien Society ^ | 1998 | Pat Reynolds
    Death and Funerary Customs in Middle-earthI would like you to take with me on a perilous journey. As readers of Tolkien you will perhaps recall the two types of journey for which he is famed. The first is the hero-quest, as exemplified by Bilbo Baggins in the The Hobbit, and second is the allegorical death journey, most explicitly taken by Niggle in Leaf by Niggle. Death is one of a handful of life experiences which are irrevocable changes. Like birth, it is a one-way ticket. Unlike birth, it usually occurs when the individual has made many links with his or...
  • Science, Soul, Heaven and Supreme Mind

    01/10/2003 5:40:38 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 19 replies · 323+ views
    Pravda On-line ^ | January 8, 2003 | Alexander Bolonkin
    Russian scientist Alexander Bolonkin develops artificial intelligence in the USA It was shown in my previous articles about the artificial intelligence and human immortality that the issue of immortality can be solved fundamentally only with the help of changing a biological bubble of a human being to an artificial one. Such an immortal person made of chips and supersolid materials (the e-man, as it was called in my articles) will have incredible advantages in comparison with common people. An e-man will need no food, no dwelling, no air, no sleep, no rest, no ecologically pure environment. Such a being...
  • Now that human cloning's apparently upon us, is immortality as well? (My title)

    12/27/2002 6:21:32 AM PST · by End The Hypocrisy · 194 replies · 931+ views ^ | Dec. 27th, 2002 |
    A major announcement regarding human cloning is supposedly underway. Related article:
  • Report - First human clone born - It's a girl

    12/26/2002 6:02:33 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 265 replies · 620+ views
    AFP via Babelfish ^ | December 27, 2002
    Birth of a small girl obtained by cloning, according to the sect of the raéliens Friday December 27, 2002 - 1h49 GMT MIAMI (the United States), 26 déc (AFP) - the scientist Frenchwoman and member of the sect of the raéliens Brigitte Boisselier affirmed Thursday evening with the AFP to have put at the world a baby obtained by the technique of the cloning. The baby, a small girl, came in the world "today" (Thursday) by Caesarean. "Ca they passed very well", was restricted to affirm Mrs. Boisselier, president of the company of human cloning Clonaid, joined by telephone...
  • Room And Life Enough For All

    07/18/2002 9:03:50 PM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 11 replies · 259+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 18, 2002 | Rand Simberg
    <p>The story of the recent death and career of super-slugger Ted Williams was eclipsed by the 21st century true-life soap opera surrounding the disposition of his remains.</p> <p>Whether cryonics is a worthwhile procedure is an interesting subject in itself, but amidst all of the media speculation about it and its newfound notoriety, I'd like to discuss a different aspect of it.</p>
  • Ted Williams' body already frozen; daughter fighting: (Science & Modern Immortality)

    07/08/2002 6:40:29 PM PDT · by xzins · 18 replies · 513+ views ^ | 8 Jul 02 | AP
    Williams' body already frozen; daughter fighting news services HERNANDO, Fla. -- Ted Williams' estate will ask a judge to decide if the baseball great's body should be cremated or frozen, a move to try to resolve a family feud over the remains. Al Cassidy, the executor of the estate, will file Williams' will in state court on Tuesday or Wednesday and ask the judge to rule on the issue, John Heer, a lawyer for Williams' oldest daughter, said Monday. Heer contends Williams wanted to be cremated. The daughter, Bobby-Jo Ferrell, has accused her half brother, John Henry Williams, of...