I tend to think that this depends on your ideas of life, death, and all that's in-between (aka
, the study of aging). There are actually multiple theories as to why we
actually age (and in that, why we actually die). Some people seem to believe we age "on a schedule" (which seems to be the main stream view these
days) although I completely disagree with that for multiple reasons. Others believe it is due to "wear and tear" done over time to the body. Also,
we all know that stress, being unhappy, etc. can have detrimental effects on the body over a longer period of time (thus social aspects also play into
how we age). With that being said, I believe there are many factors that come into play with how we age.
Modern medicine and civilization as a whole if you think about it is actually really barbaric in its ways still. Adults and children alike should not
have to fear going to the doctor, nor should doctors rely on bright colored bandaids and dum dum suckers to B/S their way into gaining a child's
trust (and so the child actually tolerates going to see them). People should not experience "white coat hypertension" (high blood pressure) when
they go to see a doctor, as doctors are supposed to represent healing and better health (which is a good thing, no?). Relying on vaccinations,
antibiotics and other pharmacy products (which by the way are actually contributing to the fact diseases are getting more and more aggressive with
time), surgeries, etc. for treatment is not how things should be if you ask me. Despite what doctors are meant to represent (healing, light, health),
with their approach to things (especially in the Western world) they are starting to represent the exact opposite (fear, pain, and sorta health but
they may make patients even more sick IMHO).
There are probably at least some extraterrestrials may be "androids" in the sense you talk about (or are perhaps like the ones we see in
Transformers (not all however, as I believe there are many types of life forms in the universe). The reason I talked about the process of aging is
because I think that the reason why we have the life spans we do, all the diseases we have, etc. here on Earth are mainly due to genetic flaws on our
genetic coding, not because of "that's how we're meant to be". I believe that if we start using light-based technologies, as well as start looking
more into genetic engineering (and maintenance in that), nanotechnology, biotechnology, change our approach as to how we think of the biological body,
life in itself, how we treat each other, etc., we will start truly evolving progressively
as a whole.
I believe that time is not a linear thing (never really did). If you think about it, if the universe really does expand and contract like a rubber
band as some scientists believe, would it not make sense for "time" to "go with the flow"? Have you not experienced times where time was going
exceedingly slow and other times where it just "flies by" (possibly even literally, although this is a long story as to why I say that)? Also, have
you ever noticed how time seems to be more "expanding" when we're children (in that, tends to be slower or more "spaced out"), whereas in
adulthood it seems to "contract" (in that, is more compact or goes by faster)? I personally had a VERY odd experience as a child happen to me, which
I cannot really explain but almost seems like a "jump" so to speak (read here
you're interested in reading about this experience of mine).
Nice thread. S&F for you