posted on Jan, 21 2009 @ 11:00 PM
reply to post by fixourgenes
In The Evolution of Death, Shostak argues that humans are already following an evolutionary trajectory of declining birth rate and growing longevity,
and that this can be promoted through tissue engineering to eliminate aging-related death.
There are numerous evolutionary theories regarding death as a survival mechanism for biological lifeforms. It seems that there are very few
environmental conditions, which would lead to the emergence of immortality as a biological characteristic in any species. Maybe it took a lot of
energy for competing genes to constantly encode for the production of young, fit individuals, and so the total duration of their lifetimes were
exponentially diminished as a result of this production cost.
On a side note: It is remarkable that self awareness emerged on this planet. It would have been even more remarkable, and even less probable, that
immortality find its way into a sentient, self aware organism. Maybe sentience or self awareness can't evolve in immortal organisms? Personally, I
believe self aware cognition offers greater advantages to organisms which have a very short life span. It would enhance the quality of their survival
fitness in ways unimaginable for the very short duration of life that such organisms inevitably have.
Anyway, there's no reason to doubt that with sufficient technological advancements and developments in the future, whether robotic, genetic, or
pharmacological, that age-related death could be cured entirely within the next one thousand years or so. Otherwise there are other methods, which
might be more preferable, including cybernetic singularity, or brain-robot integration. The removal of the biological component of the conscious being
that is the homo sapiens species might be a technically and economically more viable option. This human body is a fairly random construct shaped by
millions of years of evolution by various arbitrary environmental conditions, including competition from other biological species and competition with
nature itself. The costs associated with transferring the mind into a fitness superior (immortal) body might eventually be lower than extending human
Ultimately we have to ask ourselves a very complex question.
Which is more valuable: the experience of living a human life, or the immortality of some random consciousness entity?
[edit on 22-1-2009 by cognoscente]