Thursday, March 27, 2014
On Tuesday, our discussion focused on the idea of longevity/immortality (at least in respect to age). We bounced around the question, "would you like to live forever?" It seemed that many thought that living forever did not appeal to them. There was the idea that people would "outstay their welcome" and use too many resources. There was also the idea that you would become bored with life after a few hundred years. We also touched on the other side of the issue. We talked about all the knowledge, experience, and potential for more that is lost when great minds pass on. We talked about what kind of research/progress would be occurring if (insert your favorite scientist's name here) were still alive and in his/her prime. Nikita said that he would like to live forever just because when he felt like he had lived a full/good life he would have the honor of ending his life on his own terms. I thought it was an interesting idea. Personally, I feel like I would enjoy living forever. The world/universe has so much to offer, and there is so much knowledge out there to learn. No one has time to experience or learn it all. If we could live forever, we could expand our minds to encompass so much more. We also kind of vaguely touched on needed this long life to master space travel/colonization.