Eternal Life, The Holy Grail
Jul 23 2010, 09:34 AM
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As immortality is the negation of mortality—not dying or not being subject to death—it has been a subject of fascination to humanity since at least the beginning of history. The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the first literary works, dating back at least to the 22nd century BC, is primarily a quest of a hero seeking to become immortal. What form an unending human life would take (as well as whether it is subject to incapacitation), or whether the soul exists and possesses immortality, has been a major point of focus of religion, as well as the subject of speculation, fantasy, and debate.
It is not known whether human physical immortality is an achievable condition. Biological forms have inherent limitations which may or may not be able to be overcome through medical interventions or engineering. As of 2009, natural selection has developed biological immortality in at least one species, the jellyfish Turritopsis nutricula, one consequence of which is a worldwide population explosion of the organism.
Certain scientists, futurists, and philosophers, such as Ray Kurzweil, advocate that human immortality is achievable in the first few decades of the 21st century, while other advocates believe that life extension is a more achievable goal in the short term, with immortality awaiting further research breakthroughs further into an indefinite future. Aubrey de Grey, a researcher who has developed a series of biomedical rejuvenation strategies to reverse human aging (called SENS), believes that his proposed plan for ending aging may be implementable in two or three decades. The absence of aging would provide humans with biological immortality, but not invulnerability to death by physical trauma.
Eternal life can also be defined as a timeless existence, which is also not known for certain to be achievable, or even definable, despite millennia of arguments for eternity. Wittgenstein, in a notably non-theological interpretation of eternal life, writes in the Tractatus that, "If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present."
Just a thought but It occurred to me a while back that from pretty early on our leaders, the filthy rich, had a thing against carking it. Thus the Pyramids and all sorts of other ways of cheating death either by becoming gods or bothering the hell out of the particular spaghetti monster in power or popular at the time, name your religion.
Now it seems we have progressed to the point where science, or the corruption of may be the new holy grail for eternal life for the cucumber sandwich munching elite.
Nothing against Paul Dempsey here I like the song and It's this song on my Ipod that got me thinking that there must be something above wealth that these creatures seek.
Interesting video's which I couldn't post because of trouble with the interwebs last night.
This post has been edited by Timothy Osman: Jul 23 2010, 08:04 PM
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