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  1. #1 Life, Death and Probabilities 
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    Don't know if this makes sense but here goes.

    There are those who claim that for every event there are an infinite number of probable effects. Now lets call LIFE an event. Of the number of infinite probabilities that arise from a life, I could logically assume that one of them is immortality. On the flip side I would have to assume that death could also be final, the cessation of life, existence and no tomorrow.

    In fact every event other than one leads to death. Out of the infinite number of probabilities only one is immortality. That means no matter how we look at it there are only two probabilities, life or death. Despite the myriad of possible outcomes it comes down to one or the other. It seems the odds of living forever are seriously against us, infinity to 1, if that is allowed.

    Are we increasing our chances of hitting immortality with advancements in medical science? Will a generation of the future find the one improbable path to immortality? If we accomplish immortality then what will happen to our systems of beliefs?


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    i'd be more worried about what would happen to my mental health if i were to achieve immortality.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos
    In fact every event other than one leads to death. Out of the infinite number of probabilities only one is immortality. That means no matter how we look at it there are only two probabilities, life or death. Despite the myriad of possible outcomes it comes down to one or the other. It seems the odds of living forever are seriously against us, infinity to 1, if that is allowed.
    Perhaps there are a great many possible ways to achieve immortality - it doesn't necessarily have to be considered one single outcome.
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    It is true that medical science has gone way far lately in their research about aging factors, and answers are starting to come out... But I find very hard to belive that our body can last forever "as is" even regenerating tissues.

    In my opinion it will be possible to slow down aging to some point, in fact we are already doing it - the average death age is going up since vaccines were invented for example - but inmortality??? I don't think so.
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    Well, life on Earth will soon celebrate it's four billionth anniversary. That isn't immortality, but it seems quite similar.
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    Dear mortal,

    I very have very much enjoyed the intonation of your post, albeit
    a little confused.

    The theory you refer to as that of infinite possibilities being 'played out'
    in parallel universes is known as the greater anthropic principle.
    I am pleased to tell you that this is true.

    You, like myself are residing in a stable energy plateau, known to
    transcendental travellers such as myself as 10x666. That is ten to the
    power of 666. This is your current probability of being alive against
    being dead. Do not be put off by the clumsiness of the symbolism,
    they are there only to impart emotion which they do succesully.

    We are both in this category in part from luck, in part from
    our own clumsiness. I fell from a building in my teens whilst scaling it
    and you I am obliged to say were asphyxiated whilst asleep at the age
    of Ten (at least this is the greater part of your improbAbility).

    Your question is a religious one, masked in scientific spin. I will do my
    best to answer it.

    Yes, we are destined to play out our lives to infinity and yes, you will
    be that improbability although it will not be the you that I will know.
    You will die in my version of events as I will in yours.

    Back to your question then. Will medical science allow us to become
    immortal? Maybe, it is just one of the 'trigger mechanisms' set in place
    for you to fall back on should you fail emotionally to realise 'the truth'.
    The greater your procrastination, the greater the complexity and suffering
    of your fate. You have done well to ask now and will remain stable
    for doing so. 'the truth' is that you are already dead, life is just a journey
    to realisation.

    I wish you well fellow travellor.

    Thequ1ck



    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos
    Don't know if this makes sense but here goes.
    There's a lot that takes place outside of logic.
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