The first reaction to the possibility of immortality: “We can’t become immortal – we will overpopulate”. This article proposes that the response should instead be, “Okay, then we need to make sure we are prepared for the increasing population”.
Human immortality; something that most believe impossible, is becoming progressively popularised as being inevitable, and maybe in as little as 20 years. A common reaction to such a possibility is: “No, we can’t become immortal because we will overpopulate”. Well, overpopulation is certainly a challenge.
We all admit at some point in our lives that we would like to look and feel 10 years younger. Well many people believe that within 35 years, all people will have the opportunity to look and feel 20 years old, for as long as they want. But how many of us would, given the opportunity, want to live forever?
What if there is no God, does that mean that death is death? Well if humanity survives long into the future and time travel becomes possible, perhaps not.
The real possibility of immortality is first responded to with shock, then by rejection, and then by some, fear. Here we explore why people say that they would not want to be immortal, and why, when faced with real immortality, they will embrace is with euphoria.
Recently, the Immortal Jellyfish has been sprung into the limelight thanks to an article from the New York Times. This article shines light on mysteries which were not alluded to by the New York Times.