posted on Jul, 6 2003 @ 09:08 AM
I do not believe that we will/can ever achieve immortality in matter form. And I agree with everybody else that who would want to???
I would like to respond though about after death. And I will try to do this without incorporating any religious/spiritual beliefs. (I said I'd
Okay, so we strip away any concepts of heaven, or spirit or anything like that. Let's look at ourselves as "ugly bags of mostly water" - and
ENERGY. And then let's incorporate the statements made concerning entropy - lost energy. Basically, everything is winding down, right? EXCEPT,
entropy, which is tending toward a maximum. So what if, when we're all gone this thing that has previously been named "spirit" is simply some type
of energy that at death transforms to entropy?
I want to share a passage from a book, that I have always thought was a WONDERFUL concept, one of those that when you read it, it makes you smile and
go...wow! that's a neat thought!
Written by Dr. Charles Pellegrino (whose research on DNA was used conceptually in Jurassic Park). This passage comes from "Return to Sodom and
Gomorrah" in which he discussed some of his archaeological research in the middle east.
"How is it that certain nerve fibers arranged in certain ways allow us to think? A lot of matter from diverse places...was assembled, not very long
ago, into the first diploid cell of the yet-to-be-born, from which unfurled genetic blueprints for a gridwork of brain cells. And although the
electrons coursing through the neural grid are the basis of every thought we have, they somehow produce a mind that, as it asks questions and designs
computeres to help answer them, feels quite separate from the cells themselves. The electrons are working in our best interest, supposedly. But when
I imagine what I would look like if all the organic molecules in my body could be made invisible, so that I could look in a mirror and see only the
paths of freely moving electrons, I know that the outline of my entire body would be there in every detail, brightest at the brain and spine; even the
nerves in my fingertips and eyelids would show up as streams of electrons. ...the electrons, being among the very first particles to come out of the
Big Bang, waited more than twelve billion years for planets like Earth to form and then to sprout life, waited for moments such as this. Perhaps it
is really the electrons who are thinking these words. Perhaps our bodies are little more than vessels serving their interests, and as we set forth to
design increasingly advanced artificial brains, it is possible to believe that the sine qua non of our existence is to build larger, faster electron
vessels, perhaps even to eventually clear the decks for them, as the dinosaurs once cleared the decks for us."
So maybe we are already immortal, if "we" turn out to be the energy that our "bags of mostly water" were created to carry around...what do you