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Monday, December 04, 2006


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Now there's a classic science fiction premise, one that's been approached in a variety of ways over the years.

As that campy hawk guy from "Flash Gordon" said, "Who wants to live forever? DIVE!" Or the Lakota, who entered battle with the cry "Today is a good day to die." Death is part of our natural cycle and it's unnatural to be inordinately afraid of it. Given the choice between true immortality and death, i suspect most of us would chose death sooner rather than later, because we are drawn back to the source.

But it doesn't take thousands of years of life to raise the ethical question you cite here. Adding 10 years to life expectancy has enormous consequences for society. The breakthroughs we can expect in the next decade should easily accomplish this.

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