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Re: Is it possible to live forever? If so how?

Date: Mon Mar 15 22:17:14 1999
Posted By: Daniel Fletcher, Anthropologist, Pre-Med.
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 921379338.Me

I am not sure I'm the person to answer this question, but I'll do my best.
Is it possible to live forever ? Well, honestly, you have to define "live" 
and "forever" to get a good answer.
First of all, in order to live beyond a reasonable lifespan, let's say, 
one hundred years, you'd have to have some organs replaced, and probably 
all of them over time.
Let's say you do, and have everything replaced, including your brain.
Are you still you ? Are you still "living" ?
Let's assume that medicine finds away to simply reverse damage and ageing.
You could be around for one thousand years.
Wouldn't you get tired ? Wouldn't you start to miss all of those loved 
ones who didn't make it ?
I believe, as do a great many people, that we do live forever. We die, but 
our soul lives on, going to another life or maybe reincarnating here.
Eventually, you may find, as I have, that the real question is that of 
How long do we get ? Who knows. Don't worry about it, time doesn't matter, 
time is irrelevant, only iving your life to the fullest is what matters.
In the next life, you'll have a head start.

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