and not that much has changed! :) great photo.
i musta been a beautiful baby
--FoSO Sun Jul 11 07:10:31 2004
Completely Off Topic:
I had an argument with my wife tonight. It dealt with this scenario: A company like Pfizer invents a pill that essentially resets your age to 20. It's relatively cheap... nearly everyone can afford it. My argument was that extended lifetimes and extended experience would make life better for all. Her argument was that it would lead to stagnation and more greed (different shite same stink). I just tried to imagine my old parents taking the pills and becoming younger than me... then thinking of how they would act and what they would think (thrilled to see their grandchildren grow up, horrified to see the earth become more and more urban). Would they change with lifetimes unfolding before them? I think they eventually would. They think would change their views on religion... or would they? I'm very curious as to what other people think about this.
--AuSkeptic Sun Jul 11 09:49:10 2004
Interesting topic, AuS--
There was this one scifi story where a cheap and simple aging cure (made of dandelions) was around, and the old people were a TREMENDOUS pain in the butt, keeping postponing their final demise, and playing power games, setting one kid against each other in who gets to stay on the will. And tremendous overcrowding.
My two thoughts are A. I hope a good birth control program goes hand in hand with that and B. Would we become a lot more careful about accidents? What about long term issues.
One thing I thought about while making the Skeptic's Guide to Mortality...if I had the keys to eternal youth, suddenly every long term problem...environment, asteroids, sun going nova in 6 billion years...has the potential to become MY problem.
On the other hand, I'd like to have a lot more choice about when I kicked it.
--Kirk Sun Jul 11 15:40:53 2004
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