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Can people live forever

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Is it possible thru science and technology breakthroughs for a human being to live forever
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Actual31 the only way indefinite lifespans could ever be realistically be achieved would be either through maintaining people in a state of biological youth, or restoring people to that state after they become old, so there's no reason to fear frailty and ill health in that scenario. Expense needn't be a problem either, because the therapies ought to pay for themselves by saving money elsewhere. Most healthcare costs are incurred when people are frail and close to death, so by keeping them healthy indefinitely that money wouldn't have to be spent.

As for "why stick around?", the same question could be asked of all people at any age. Why not pressurize people to commit suicide at the age of 20, 30 or 40 to free up precious space and resources for others? In truth, the overpopulation issue is exaggerated. There was a study done which showed that even if the entire population of Sweden became immortal overnight, and the birth rate remained absolutely static, the population would only have increased by 22% after the first hundred years.

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No people can't live forever. And why would you want to? You'd be old, have bad health issues. If only you can find a solution and live forever I am sure it will be an expensive solution and not everyone will be able to afford it. Then you will lose all your loved ones and be all alone. Sure you'd make new friends but what's the point? I don't see the allure of wanting to live forever. I say we are here for a time - make the best of it, leave our mark on the world and get out! Make room for others to come along and do the same. The world is already overpopulated in some countries. So why stay around forever and take up valuable space and resources?

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I truly doubt we would be able to live forever. As much as we are all afraid of death, I think it is for the best that we pass on and allow the future generations to shape the world. Imagine if the aggressive conservatives had the ability to live forever? There would be so much violence against racist, gender, etc. Nothing lasts forever; living to be 1,000 years old with wrinkly skin and a bad back wouldn't be a great quality of life either. I don't think technology would ever make it that far to extend our life like that.

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Although scientist work hard to unlock the mystery of immortality, I doubt this will happen in the near future.

Personally, I am having rather confused feelings about this issue. Being immortal? Would it be good? Or would it be bad? Why? Where would we stay all? Would such a large number of people living on this planet cause wars, catastrophic events? Would we ever get tired, being - let's say - 448 years old? Would we have to see doctors at all? What would we eat? What about water - do we have it enough?

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I think there will come a day where we'll be able to live indefinitely by merging our biology with synthetic technologies. In the meantime, there is very feasible work being done to greatly extend the healthy years of our lives (theoretically by hundreds or thousands of years) by repairing the various types (7 distinct categories) of damage caused by the body's natural processes, which we call "aging." http://www.SENS.org is our best shot at living long enough to live forever.

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Not yet. Even if one could get 'replacement' parts through cloning, genetic engineering or even bio-mechanical, to keep the body functioning, the brain can't be replaced. There are still too many diseases and malfunctions of the brain that medical science still can't 'fix'. If you live long enough, you're certain to become victim to one of them.

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I don't believe it will ever be possible for a human being to live forever. In time it may be possible to prevent human beings from aging as quickly as they do, but bodies are not meant to last forever. No matter what advancements we make in science and technology, a human body will eventually break down.

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If we rely on technology, then only those who are rich enough or the dictator in third world countries will live forever.
They have the means to use technology to do so.
It will be a nightmare for the common people. They will work long and hard while the rich get richer, and live forever.

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It is possible to live forever through nanotechnology that prevents our cell from breaking down and somehow preserving our memories and brains either in computers or freezing our brains to prevent cell degeneration. We are actually not that far away from achieving physical immortality.

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