reply to post by _damon
I've come to this thread rather late in the day (sorry)
I think we can all agree now that the question of immortality in this context means keeping your consciousness and current physical form. And for the
questioner to wish to fulfill certain ambitions, it's probably a safe bet to say that immortality includes "not aging" - where would the fun be in
being an immortal if you became increasingly frail?
A question then: even if someone achieved extended longevity (taking as a rule-of-thumb that 120 years is accepted as the upper age limit for any one
human being) let's say someone lived to be 200, how would you know if they were actually immortal or simply had a very long lifespan?
So - I'll say that we're talking about EXTREMELY extended longevity rather than absolute immortality.
Does immortality (longevity) = indestructible? I don't think there's any reason to assume so. Other than watching "Highlander" (poor film, badly
edited, badly thought out, in my opinion), where an immortal can be shot, stabbed, clubbed, and still come up intact, we should go with what we know -
that critical damage to a living organism can be fatal.
In brief - a bullet in a vital organ would (I anticipate) spell death for an "Immortal".
My views on immortality are shaped to a degree by the e-book which Travallian circulated some years ago. (if anyone would like a copy I still have it,
and am quite willing to forward a copy). I hesitate to sumarise, because parts of the book are quite in depth, but he covers pre-history, alchemy,
hypnosis, subliminals, consciousness, etc., and proposes that "immortality" (meaning keeping your consciousness in your current physical form) is
I honestly doubt that you'll get any feedback from "real immortals" on this board - again, I refer back to Travallian, and his proposal that anyone
making the declaration that they're immortal could expect to be deprived of their liberty and subjected to anything from brutal torture to even
dissection in the hope of extracting their "secret". Immortals, I suspect, have (as a necessary survival technique) become adept at hiding their