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July 18th, 2002
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Toilet thoughts
Sitting on the toilet at work this morning, in an empty office, I experienced something that I occasionally experience: the utter fear of the oblivion of death. One moment I'm here, and the next moment I'm not. I mean, I guess I won't mind, since I won't be around, but it still inspires dread.

Once someone figures out FTL travel, can we start working on immortality? Thanks.

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From:pookfreak
Date:July 18th, 2002 07:27 am (UTC)
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Wow you just described how I feel when I think of desk - and its usually the first step before I have to try to reign in a potential panic attack because fear of being dead (not dying itself) is my BIGGEST fear and it starts an endless spiral if I follow that thought beyond that one point.
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From:pookfreak
Date:July 18th, 2002 07:28 am (UTC)
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Man I'm still waking up obviously even though I've been in the office since 7:45 - Desk was obviously supposed to be death but my fingers have that muscle memory that is faster than my brain apparently.
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From:queue
Date:July 18th, 2002 07:33 am (UTC)
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Heh, I know what that's like.

Ah, the sweet oblivion of desk . . .
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From:prog
Date:July 18th, 2002 08:07 am (UTC)

Well, actually...

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By personal policy, I refuse to consider death as an inevitability.

I feel there's a distinctly nonzero chance that, through some combination of nanotechnology, gene therapy, and other "singularity" sciences that we're all on the brink of, humanity will discover the cure for aging, and within our lifetimes. No kidding...

An important part of this puzzle involves reverse-engineering the human genome, and the opportunity to help with this task in some way was a big draw to my current job.
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From:queue
Date:July 18th, 2002 08:15 am (UTC)

Does this mean I have to start working on FTL?

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Yeah, I believe it's possible, and in my lifetime. Of course, I would probably need to make sure that I'm rich and/or famous, so that I could afford/be selected to get longevity treatments. Or maybe it will be free and affordable to everyone who wants it. Bah. We'll see.
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From:prog
Date:July 18th, 2002 08:26 am (UTC)

Re: Does this mean I have to start working on FTL?

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Wow. The effects on society would be huge. I look forward to thinking about it more later... maybe it would be a fun background world for that elusive IF game I keep almost starting to write.

First thought that occurs to me... wouldn't it be interesting if the treatment was open to anyone who agreed to be sterlized at the same time?

If the treatment was marketed by a private drug firm, what brand name would they give it? Immorta? Poncedrine?

OK, back to work, durnit
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From:magid
Date:July 18th, 2002 08:30 am (UTC)

Longevity, or no desk at all?

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Either way, there are major issues with overpopulation.
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From:queue
Date:July 18th, 2002 08:39 am (UTC)

Re: Longevity, or no desk at all?

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We'll just have to make sure only the right people get to have it. And by right people I mean any group that includes me. ;-)

FTL travle could help with the overpopulation problem. Colony ships!
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From:magid
Date:July 18th, 2002 09:07 am (UTC)

Colony ships

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They help with overcrowding... as long as they find somewhere to land. Perhaps terra-forming technologies could be on the list of things to develop along with FTL stuff?

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From:queue
Date:July 18th, 2002 09:49 am (UTC)

Re: Colony ships

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Nah, it will help with overcrowding in any case. It'll be like those barges of trash, going from place to place, trying to find a home.
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From:magid
Date:July 18th, 2002 10:41 am (UTC)

Re: Colony ships

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I suppose that's true... but it's an awfully expensive way of going about things.

Are people wandering endlessly through space (presumably without creating offspring, since the ship is limited) better off than the people living forever on the planet? Hm....
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From:hrafn
Date:July 18th, 2002 11:21 am (UTC)

This icon is sooo appropriate right now . . .

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And then when the "colony ships" full of hairdressers and telephone sanitizers crashlands (by design) on a primitive world, the colonists will wipe out the most highly evolved life forms on the planet and evolve into . . . us.
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From:magid
Date:July 18th, 2002 11:45 am (UTC)

Re: This icon is sooo appropriate right now . . .

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Catch that Chesterfield!

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