jeudi, mars 31, 2005


What if we are immortal beings?

From the point of view of psychology, each individual needs to believe in his own (physical) immortality, a sine qua non condition to maintain his mental sanity. From the social point of view, nevertheless, individuals refrain themselves from expressing such belief in order not to pass by insane. Thence, one interesting social and anthropological phenomena is taking place as more and more individuals have openly spelt out their belief in the possibility of physical immortality.

The first and obvious case is the blog Physical Immortality by Robert Ray Hedges. Hedges' credo may be summarised by his dicto You know that creating children to die really sucks. If I understood his sight correctly, he seems to promise that he can cure our ignorance (sic) and explain to those who contact him how physical immortality is attainable.

There are other recent preachers or visionaries, some of whom I quote hereinafter:

Immortality and Mortality in the Economic Sciences

By Sam Vaknin
Roberto Calvo Macias, a young author and thinker from Spain, once wrote to me that it is impossible to design a coherent philosophy of Economy without accounting for the (sad?) fact that we are mortals. This insight is intriguing. It is not that we refrain from Death in dealing with matters economic. What are estate laws, annuities, life insurance policies - but ways to cope with the Great Harvester? But this, admittedly, only scratch the non-profound surface of the question.

Human Immortality: A Scientific Reality?

If you're alive in 20 years, you may be able to live forever.

In 1796, life expectancy was 24 years. A hundred years later it doubled to 48. Right now, it's 76. "Over half the baby boomers here in America are going to see their hundredth birthday and beyond in excellent health," says Dr. Ronald Klatz of the American Academy of Anti-Aging. "We're looking at life spans for the baby boomers and the generation after the baby boomers of 120 to 150 years of age."

Today's quest for the fountain of youth is taking scientists from inside the genetic structure of cells to analyzing the role of stress and diet on life spans. Would-be immortals flock to anti-aging clinics and shell out as much as $20,000 a year for treatments that include hormone therapy, DNA analysis, even anti-aging cosmetic surgery. These experimental therapies offer no guarantees -- just the promise of prolonging life.

Harmony, Cooperation, Sharing & Reverence for Life

MOUNT SHASTA, CA ÷ Want to watch the evolutionary emergence of a new species? Look in the mirror, according to Gary Zukav. He believes the entire human species is in the midst of a great evolutionary transformation. We have the potential, according to Gary, to become a highly intuitive species --"multi-sensory"-- emerging from what humans are today -- a species focused on surviving using our five senses. He believes humans are moving toward an awareness that we are part of an all-encompassing universal consciousness. He sees his own task as creating a vocabulary for the changes he believes we are all experiencing, illuminating the new territory into which he sees us moving.

At the heart of Zukav's perspective is his belief that humans are immortal souls first, physical beings second. He sees us transforming.
For the first time, human evolution is becoming conscious. We're co-creators in our own evolution. Now our way to evolve is to heal the unconscious parts of our personalities. We must align our personalities (the five-sensory human) with our souls (the intuitive, multi-sensory human.) Our task is to seek authentic power instead of the external power on which our survival once was based. External power -- manipulating, dominating and controlling the physical world -- is not 'bad,' it's obsolete, the source of violence and destruction.

Being born is not a crime, so why must it carry a sentence of death?

By Robert Ettinger

Today more than 150,000 people lost their lives. At least 150,000 more humans will die tomorrow. Some of them will be elderly, of course, but why should that be a death sentence? Even worse, tens of thousands of youthful adults and children will be lost tomorrow—and the next day, and the day after that—to preventable or curable illnesses simply because treatment is not available to them.

Inventor believes humans eventually will be immortal From the Seattle Times

Above is a rich material for anthropological field work.


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