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Originally posted by k33l
I actually think that Immortality is impossible. It is because, when you come to think of it in quite a cynical fashion, death is actually perfect. That is, if you believe Darwin's evolution theory. Biologically, death is used to ensure species preservation through genetic evolution. If it weren't for death, we would have never been humasn in the first place, if it weren't for death, we would all be monocellular crits in some big slimey goop. But that's really another story. I think that immortality is biologically impossible because even if you manage to stop body cells (which regenerate over time) sto regenerating (sounds horrible I know) there still wouldn't be any possible way of preserving neurons. Neurons are the only cells that do not regenerate over time, and well, though it's nearly a paradox, you had more neurons the day you were born than you have now. After the 20th year of your life, it is extimated that you will be losing 10.000 neurons a day. So, even if you did manage to stop body cells stopping their reproduction, you couldn't do it with the brain. And that basically means that you will be reduced to a vegetative coma and would have absolutely no control over your body. Ain't really that nice :S
This whole topic was something that I actually was theorising about the other day, the idea which I cam up with was with some form of nano technology or reprogramming systems for the cells. Still only ideas.
Originally posted by apw100
Even if you lived in a sterilized bunker, something would kill you eventually