December 26, 2004

All the Flavors of Immortality

Just some humor to go along with your last post Jake.
By the way, would you... if you could?


At 2:33 PM, Blogger Jake said...

If I had to be immortal, I definitly would choose one of the interdemension options. Quantum immortality is the way to go. Just like on "Quantum Leap!" It would be unbearable living in this time and space for so long. However, I just can't really wrap my brain around the bad effects from jumping into my other demensions. I'd imagine, from have no idenity(as all influence posibilities are occuring at the same time). Having no identity would put you in a really difficult position. Maybe thats why on Quantum Leap... he jumps into other peoples lives, and the one episode where he jumps into himself totally fucks him up. Then there is the "Neuromancer"(book where people digitally project themselves into cyberspace) I can't really wrap my brain around the negetives... execpt that I believe enough in a "soul" to imagine that no computer will ever be able to handle one complete human brain. I far more curious about what is going on after death. Most of all, I wouldn't ever wanna miss out on that.

At 6:44 PM, Blogger Jake said...

I hear that. Today I have been trying to find out what the latest is, on travel in fractions of the speed of light to prolong life. I don't think were far from it. As I said to my friend Emmanuel, I think that sooner or later, time will become irrelevent. Once we get a control of travel at light speed.
But where will all the energy come from?
For now, I think my preferred method of immortality would be "body swapping"
If they can prolong the life of my stem cells, than they can just keep giving me a new body every few.
It's all just too much to blog. But it sounds like your taking more of an interest these days in theoretical physics Jake.

At 4:31 AM, Blogger Jake said...

Somewhat. I don't really feel at home there. I may indulge myself enough to claim I understand the philosophies at hand, and that allows me some breathing room. But I can't truely appericiate it without the math. I know there is so much more to see and understand, that I am not capable of. I understand it because somebody told me. I wish I could understand something simply by reading the numbers. I like the characters in that world, more than I like the content anyway.

I also post those things cause I assume you will respond to them. I guess It's about the dialoge.


At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, The dialouge.
>outward gesture with the hand<
I too feel like I'm getting a watered down version when I don't have any grasp on a concept's mathamatics. I would love to able to study theortical mathamatics in college... but I don't see myself there either. I relate to you calling your place there "lost."

At 9:32 PM, Blogger Jake said...

article off Metafilter on Quantum Darwininsm...

Quantum Darwinism-jake

At 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great post. Although I can't say that the idea of immortality is particularly interesting to me. This life is enough work as it is, I can't imagine keeping it up for very long.
Here are some musings on my own theory: One day as I was walking back from class, a light wind begin to blow. I pictured it carrying tiny bits of my skin and hair away with it. I imagined time speeding up, and I blew away (like dust in the wind, haha). My matter was absorbed into the earth and reformed into rocks and bugs and trees, which disintegrated too in time, and well, you get the picture. Loop-de-loop. Since everything is essentially all the same matter looping over and over in Time, everything is immortal. So what makes me different from a rock? I am aware of my own existence. I make myself believe that I exist as a specific object at a specific point in time, even though this isn't exactly true. Instead of extending our consciousness to reach immortality, I think that letting go of it would be a lot more effective.
-oh yeah, this is aliza again. And pretty much everything I think is stated a lot better in J.D. Salinger's short story "Teddy"


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