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JESUS

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Client X, an unnamed billionaire who sought McLaren’s help dealing with catastrophic injuries and life after the surgeries to deal with them. The man, whose name is known only to seven people at McLaren, somehow ended up with a badly damaged ribcage and sternum, leading to unending pain and risk of injury.

If it’s in the Bible, we will make it so. In time.

I suspect this is intentional.

The answer led him to McLaren’s health and wellness outfit, which is actually the company’s fastest growing arm, the story says. They worked to build him a kind of vest of armor that would function as a ribcage, protecting his vital organs, and being totally discreet underneath his shirt.

The body shield is made from natural and artificial fibers, including Zylon, which is also used in Formula One cars. It did more than just restore the man’s body to its original durability, the story says; its failure threshold ended up being “a 150 Joule impact event, effectively dropping 5 bowling balls, or 75 pounds, onto your chest from a few feet up.”

Client X has been reportedly over the moon over the device and how it has improved his quality of life; he hopes to get back in a race car soon and has referred other wealthy clients to McLaren.

I do not believe that incorporating robotics or nanotech into us is wrong. Rather, a necessary next step in our embedded mission to walk with God.

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

A Stanford Neurosurgeon is Working to Create Wireless Cyborg Eyes for the Blind

(Stanford neurosurgeon E.J. ) Chichilnisky’s team, made up of neuroscientists, circuit designers, and an eye surgeon, is still figuring out the exact design of their device. Currently, the researchers are testing different techniques on the excised retinas of animals used for other experiments. To perform all the tasks that their compact device will eventually perform, they need an entire room full of scientific equipment. They plan to reduce all this to a small implanted chip.

“Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.”

There’s a $100 million plan to end paralysis with a synthetic spinal cord

While today’s prosthetics are useful and can give amputees a way to regain lost motor functions, Herr and his colleagues think they can improve upon these devices by combining them with advanced neural implants. This gives a person’s nerves and muscles a way to talk to a prosthetic, making it easier for the device to be controlled and function like a biological limb.

EDEN

Is this Eden?

As recently as a few thousand years ago, the Indonesian island of Sumba was home to miniature elephants, giant rats and dragons, according to fossil discoveries reported in a scientific journal last month.

The region received global attention in 2004 when a group of archaeologists described fossils of an extinct tiny human, dubbed the “hobbit,” or Homo floresiensis, on Flores, just north of Sumba.

The hobbit was found in association with a remarkable extinct fauna of giant rats, pygmy proboscideans [elephant-like creatures], and other unusual vertebrates, and it’s likely that similar faunas would also have been present.

Most believe — should they believe — that Eden was more likely near Mesopotamia.

The most common location for the Garden of Eden is in Mesopotamia, that is, modern-day Iraq. The primary reason is the mention in Genesis 2 of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers which flow through that country. This view has been accepted by Christians from antiquity down to modern times.   Another location that has been proposed is the region around Armenia. It is in this general area that the Tigris and Euphrates rivers begin there long journey down to the Persian Gulf.

A second perspective that has been brought up many times throughout Christian history is that the Garden can no longer be found on a map today. It is believed that the earth’s surface has been dramatically changed because of the Great Flood. Thus, all this searching in the Middle East, or wherever, is not needed since the Garden has been destroyed.

God granted humans with immortality.

Soon, he stripped that from us.

But did he eradicate that potential from us? Or merely ‘shut off’ the genes that make it possible?

Most people don’t realize that all human beings have two sets of DNA in their bodies, the DNA inside our chromosomes, and a foreign DNA inside our mitochondria, that our ancestors stole from bacteria over a billion years ago.

Look into any of your cells, and you’ll see mysterious foreign DNA lurking inside your mitochondria, the tiny organelles that litter your cells. Recently, mitochondria have come under a growing scientific spotlight; scientists increasingly believe they play a central role in many, if not most, human illnesses. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell, and when they falter, our cells lose power, just as a flashlight dims when its batteries weaken. Recently, researchers have linked mitochondria to an array of metabolic and age-related maladies, including autism, type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cardiovascular disease.

Our very own genes seem to be fighting us. Why?

Individuals with traits that help them live longer are more likely to pass on their genes, so in theory, aging should have been entirely weeded out by now.

Evolution becomes blind to the effects of mutations that promote aging as long as those effects only kick in after reproduction has started. Really, aging is an evolutionary oversight.

The researchers found that by inactivating autophagy in the C. elegans‘ neurons, the worms stayed healthier for longer and their lifespan increased by an extra 50 percent. The researchers aren’t yet sure of the mechanism behind the healthier neurons, but if the research can be applied to humans, it could not only improve our health- and lifespan, but combat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s.

Imagine if living — as humans — for one thousand years is possible. That divine right, taken from us for our foolishness, remains, waiting to once again be unlocked.

Will you be alive when this discovery finally happens?

Living as long as possible is your only shot.

EMPTY CALORIES

Rapamycin, along with TA-65, are the only readily available supplements in my supplements ranking to earn a 3 (of 5) in life extension potential.

By contrast, aspirin garners only a 2 — and it’s a wonder drug.

This recent study has me boosting rapamycin’s “evidence” score from a 2 to a 3.

Interventions that target biological mechanisms of aging have great potential to enhance quality of life by delaying morbidity and mortality. The FDA-approved drug rapamycin is a compelling candidate for such an intervention.

And…

In a previous study, it was reported that 3 months of rapamycin treatment is sufficient to increase life expectancy and remodel the gut microbiome in aged mice.

And…

Partial restoration of youthful levels of alveolar bone is observed in 22-month-old rapamycin-treated mice as rapidly as 8 weeks after initiation of treatment.

Boom…

To the best of our knowledge, this represents the first intervention shown to substantially prevent or reverse age-associated alveolar bone loss.

Regrettably, unlike TA-65, aspirin, and many other supplements ranked, we still can’t get rapamycin (Sirolimus) without a very reasonable doctor sanctioning the request.

I am a big believer in supplements.

Supplements do not merely offer anti-aging benefits, they…supplement…the increasing nothingness of the foods we eat.

This is entirely our fault. Bigger faster more creates food that possesses less nutrition.

Zooplankton are microscopic animals that float in the world’s oceans and lakes, and for food they rely on algae, which are essentially tiny plants. Scientists found that they could make algae grow faster by shining more light onto them—increasing the food supply for the zooplankton, which should have flourished. But it didn’t work out that way.

And why didn’t they flourish?

Despite having more to eat?

Because: growing faster and growing for scale diminish nutrient density.

As your body and taste buds have no doubt informed you, our food, even the “healthy” food, is doing less for us.

IN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH, it’s been understood for some time that many of our most important foods have been getting less nutritious. Measurements of fruits and vegetables show that their minerals, vitamin and protein content has measurably dropped over the past 50 to 70 years. Researchers have generally assumed the reason is fairly straightforward: We’ve been breeding and choosing crops for higher yields, rather than nutrition, and higher-yielding crops—whether broccoli, tomatoes, or wheat—tend to be less nutrient-packed.

Surprise!

There’s another reason why our food has become less nutrient dense.

It’s not only the breeding and choosing for higher yields that’s gutting nutrition in our food. It’s also all the CO2 we are producing.

A problem that remains entirely under our control, should we choose to deal with it.

Food matters.

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.”

Odd what we’ve done to the bounty God provided.

We’ve done worse.

“And God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

You know how this story proceeds. We did eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we gained awareness but lost our freedom.

Is there a way to use this original sin to our benefit?

I say yes. After all, God always opens another door.

There was a time when mortals could not bring themselves to believe that the actions of those before us would taint our very existence. We now know this is absolutely true.

Actions, environment, our surroundings, the deeds of our parents all impact us on a DNA level.

DNA is the genetic material that makes us who we are, determining our physical characteristics and even helping to shape our personality. There are many ailments that have a strong hereditary component—Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s Disease, cancers and diabetes among others—and the risk of suffering them is passed down from our parents through our DNA.

But we’re finding out that our DNA isn’t always set in stone.

A team of researchers from Northwestern University led by anthropology professor Thom McDade have shown that DNA can also be modified by your environment during childhood. What’s more, the authors conclude in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, those modifications can affect how or when you develop certain illnesses during adulthood.

How far might this go back?

Can we un-make the DNA-level actions caused by those that came before us?

If so, might we then achieve the 1,000+ year lifespan they enjoyed?

Too much?

Fine. What genes can we individually shut off or turn on — or amp up or tamp down — that might enable us to live an extra 50 years or 500?

I hope I can live long enough till we discover these.

CIDER

Michigan apples fall from the tree across from my home, breaking open, rotting, their pungent smell invigorating. Bacteria is life, healing power abounds, in the trees, the ground, the plants, the sun; where else?

But I wonder, is our future — a future of living extremely long, maybe forever — only possible in an entirely different form? Beyond all that embraces the physical.

Read this short story from the new testament of the Bible (highlights added):

The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked (Jesus), saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

So much to dare unpack.

Let’s begin.

Resurrection is real — should you believe.

In heaven — following resurrection, that is, becoming alive again, differently alive, alive forever — there is no marriage. Because men are not men, women are not women. Instead, humans, so-called, are now angels of God.

Spirits?

How do we become spirits?

In our contemporary visions of (man-made) eternal life, we rid ourselves of our body, either all at once, through digitalization of our consciousness, for example, or we first slowly rid ourselves of segments of our body, bit by bit, replacing limbs with bionics, replacing nerves with electronics, eventually leveling up to some entirely different form.

There’s more to that passage.

In discussing resurrection, Jesus notes once again that God is not the God of the dead but God of the living — God of those in heaven.

Are we not (yet) alive?

Is this physical/mortal existence non-living? It feels real.

Must we deconstruct our selves, literally, to become fully alive, to achieve immortality?

That’s the path I suspect.

The Bible is a makers guide.

This continues to be proven out.

We do not know how the realities which the Bible declares may be made true, but we nonetheless work towards attaining them, either by want of our being, circumstance, or divine intervention.

Example: carrying two of every living animal on nothing more than a very large ark. This is outside the bounds of belief.

Until we made it so.

University of Colorado Boulder researchers and collaborating institutions have been awarded $2.9 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a comprehensive digital archive of over 1.7 million plant specimens native to the southern Rocky Mountain region.

Specimens from areas of the 10-state region of the Southern Rocky Mountains and High Plains will be located, imaged, entered into a central database and georeferenced.

Taking the digital record of every living creature on an ark certainly now seems possible.

It’s always a matter of faith — or disbelief — until we make it real.

I believe God wants us to make it real.

I also believe our time is nearing.

We are, in fits, fouls, fantasies and failures, accelerating the changes in our bodies and our world necessary to bring us closer to a godly realm.  Beyond the physical. Yes, it’s been a long, deadly slog, but I suspect we are now nearing an endpoint.

Anatomically modern humans have been around for roughly two hundred thousand years. For most of that time, we lived as hunter-gatherers. Then, about twelve thousand years ago, came what is generally agreed to be the definitive before-and-after moment in our ascent to planetary dominance: the Neolithic Revolution. This was our adoption of, to use Scott’s word, a “package” of agricultural innovations, notably the domestication of animals such as the cow and the pig, and the transition from hunting and gathering to planting and cultivating crops. The most important of these crops have been the cereals—wheat, barley, rice, and maize—that remain the staples of humanity’s diet. Cereals allowed population growth and the birth of cities, and, hence, the development of states and the rise of complex societies.

From hunter-gatherer, which was nearly the totality of our human existence, to agricultural, lasting about 12,000 years, to industrial, a thousand years, to computing, a hundred years, to what’s next; each epoch coming faster.

It took us nearly 200,000 years to get to agriculture, nearly 12,000 years to get to industrial, then computing, and now we are set to commence a new phase, the phase where we radically alter our bodies. Next step, we leave the physical realm.

There is no other choice.

Physics Makes Aging Inevitable, Not Biology

Nanoscale thermal physics guarantees our decline, no matter how many diseases we cure.

To conquer aging — death — we must escape the biological, or course, and we must escape this physical realm.

Spirits?

For now, the slog continues.

Stay alive until it happens!

In our desperate, glorious, and entirely necessary quest to add a few extra years to our mortal existence, we take supplements. One such anti-aging supplement is resveratrol. In my anti-aging supplement rankings, resveratrol scores a 1 (of 5) on life extension potential, the same as Vitamin D and green tea, for example. However, I have now lowered its “evidence” score from a 3 to a 2 because additional new data casts some doubt on this supplement’s age-reversing benefits.

From a recent small study:

Preclinical evidence suggests that resveratrol (RSV) has beneficial metabolic and anti-inflammatory effects that could have therapeutic implications.

Their results:

RSV treatment did not lower circulating levels of hs-CRP, interleukin 6, or soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor in plasma, and inflammatory gene expression in adipose and muscle tissues also remained unchanged. RSV treatment had no effect on blood pressure, body composition, and lipid deposition in the liver or striated muscle. RSV treatment had no beneficial effect on glucose or lipid metabolism.

But we must continue to seek to extend our lives, in this form, until we can jump to that higher level. Some good news on this front:

Cells constantly divide, a process that allows us to grow and heal, but as we age, some cells stop dividing and become “senescent.” These cells also emit toxins that contribute to a number of health conditions such as cancer, dementia, and arthritis. The older we are, the more of these senescent cells we accumulate. Enter senolytic drugs.

According to the research, published online in Nature Medicine, these drugs supported healthy aging in mice and prevented bone loss. Considering that clearing senescent cells improves cardiovascular function and reduces frailty and other issues, this treatment could have important implications for treating not only osteoporosis, but other age-related problems.

Wonderful.

Also, here are 50 ways to increase your testosterone. As long as you live in the physical, you should live in it fully.

ONWARD

Don’t think these are the gold rush days of anti-aging, rather, the homesteading days.

The opportunity is everywhere. Seize it!

It’s not just for the lucky, but for everyone willing to work hard.

The pathways to radical life extension are availing themselves to us as never before, revealing new ways, new modes, new tools in our eternal quest to fight death.

New drugs, new treatments, research into the human biome, gene editing of the foods we eat, methods to keep the brain and nervous system healthy and functioning, better ways to kill cancers, experimental efforts to halt, maybe reverse, cell damage.

And what are the possible cumulative benefits of all of these?

A healthy, happy, prosperous extra 2 years, 5 years, 25 years? And then? 50? 100?

Two teams of scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that intestinal bacteria play a role in multiple sclerosis (MS), an incurable disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the myelin coating on neurons, causing tremors, fatigue, cognitive problems, and more.

Gut germs that were unusually abundant in people with MS changed white blood cells in a way that made them more likely to attack the body’s own cells, including neurons, one study reported on Monday; the other experiment found that gut germs from people with MS made mice more likely to develop the disease than did gut germs from their identical but healthy twins.

What might targeted enhancements to an individual’s gut biome achieve?

And what of new cancer treatments — ones that can be produced at little cost?

A breakthrough therapy that uses genetically altered immune cells to treat an often-fatal type of childhood blood cancer passed an important milestone in August when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it. The highly personalized treatment, called CAR-T therapy, uses a patient’s own immune cells and takes about three weeks to manufacture—two factors that lend to its $475,000 price tag.

There will be setbacks. Initial prices will be beyond the reach of nearly all. But we are pushing forward. Even better, we are pushing forward in a way that benefits all and each.

Personalized CAR-T therapies, like the one marketed by Novartis that was approved by the FDA, are made using a patient’s own T cells, a type of immune cell. The patient’s T cells are removed and genetically altered to contain a new gene that codes for a protein—known as a chimeric antigen receptor, or CAR. This protein tells a patient’s T cells to seek out and kill cancer cells that have a specific marker on their surface.

Some families possess a very high predisposition to Alzheimers. Studying these families will almost certainly help improve lives and lengthen them, and the knowledge gained will seep into others, improving still more lives.

Researchers have since determined that there exists in the extended Chastain family an astonishing rate of Alzheimer’s: The disease strikes 44 percent of family members with an affected parent. No other large family has been found with such a high likelihood of inheriting the typical, late-onset type of Alzheimer’s. The rate suggests some family members carry a previously unknown gene so powerful that it can cause disease in someone who receives a copy from just one parent.

Pray for them.

What other secrets are hidden within our selves? What else is ready to be uncovered, unlocked, revealed — and which will lead to radically longer life?

A huge genetic study that sought to pinpoint how the human genome is evolving suggests that natural selection is getting rid of harmful genetic mutations that shorten people’s lives.

Fascinating. Now let’s develop the means to rapidly speed up this natural selection process.

(Evolutionary biologist Hakhamanesh) Mostafavi and his colleagues tested more than 8 million common mutations, and found two that seemed to become less prevalent with age. A variant of the APOE gene, which is strongly linked to Alzheimer’s disease, was rarely found in women over 70. And a mutation in the CHRNA3 gene associated with heavy smoking in men petered out in the population starting in middle age. People without these mutations have a survival edge and are more likely to live longer, the researchers suggest.

A survival edge. More likely to live longer.

Soon, we will find more such genes. Enhance them. Replicate them. Make them available.

Then do still more.

Scientists have converted skin cells from healthy adults directly into motor neurons without going through a stem cell state. The technique makes it possible to study motor neurons of the human central nervous system in the lab. Unlike commonly studied mouse motor neurons, human motor neurons growing in the lab would be a new tool since researchers can’t take samples of these neurons from living people but can easily take skin samples.

In Genesis, we read that “Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”

No human alive before us could believe such a thing possible. Or, at least not without God’s intervention. They read the Bible, marveled at the stories, and tried desperately to believe.

And now it’s real.

Now we accept that sperm can be preserved, eggs preserved, that even womb replacement are all reality. These are not divine or fantastical, but normal. Humans — with or without a godly presence, that is for you to decide — continue to make the magical the merely technical.

And we are accelerating this!

What next will we achieve?

“Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.”

Onward!

WALK

I believe it’s possible for humans to live — literally — hundreds of years, maybe even to 1,000.

I can’t help but believe it.

Think of Adam.

Think of Enoch.

Think of Noah.

I know! Noah wasn’t a real human. Or, Noah was a real human but he didn’t live 1,000 actual years.

So you say.

But the Bible, and this is true for believers and non, inspires, directs. The Bible is a makers guide. The Bible reveals that humans are endowed with the ability to make the impossible possible.

We are endowed with the divine.

To raise ourselves towards God is right — it makes us worthy of walking with God.

Don’t believe me.

Believe your current reality.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

And God said, Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit-trees bearing fruit after their kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon the earth: and it was so.

This is you!

Speaking to your computer, tapping onto — or entering into — the screen.

What was once fantastical, demanding a faith in the word, in the book, and in God which no human could truly maintain, is being made common.

We are editing the genes of animals, and will likely soon deconstruct and revise every gene of an entire species.

Scientists can now more cheaply and efficiently edit animal and human DNA using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system. But should we edit species, and if so, to what extent?

A computing fair for children will show you how to control a drone with your mind.

Prayers? The spirit? Fictions!

And yet, voices can control your devices, your Siri, your Alexa, voices which are there but which you cannot hear.

And God said…

Chinese researchers have discovered a terrifying vulnerability in voice assistants from Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, and Huawei. It affects every iPhone and Macbook running Siri, any Galaxy phone, any PC running Windows 10, and even Amazon’s Alexa assistant.

Using a technique called the DolphinAttack, a team from Zhejiang University translated typical vocal commands into ultrasonic frequencies that are too high for the human ear to hear, but perfectly decipherable by the microphones and software powering our always-on voice assistants. This relatively simple translation process lets them take control of gadgets with just a few words uttered in frequencies none of us can hear.

Still more nonsense: God knows what’s in your heart. God knows your (secret) thoughts.

Impossible! Fiction!

And yet…we have already built algorithms that know if you are gay.

Artificial intelligence can accurately guess whether people are gay or straight based on photos of their faces, according to new research that suggests machines can have significantly better “gaydar” than humans.

The study from Stanford University – which found that a computer algorithm could correctly distinguish between gay and straight men 81% of the time, and 74% for women.

But you fear to not believe.

I understand.

But know that humans living for hundreds of years may be among the least fantastical tales in the Bible.

TEARS IN HEAVEN

“Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.” 

Two things strike me here about what Jesus is saying.

The first — and I think not enough attention is paid to this — is that Jesus appears to be saying that heaven is life.

“Enter into life.”

To get to heaven is not easy, according to Jesus, but for those that do, that is life. Everlasting life.

Question: What is this?

The second, more obvious part of his statement, already acknowledged, not that that makes this any easier, is that “to enter into life” is hard, so hard, in fact, that it may require each of us to cut off a hand or foot or pluck out an eye — our own — and that we must do this because the hardness of entering heaven, of achieving immortality, hard because we are so tainted with our humanness, with sin and foul thoughts, with tendencies to violence and vengeance, so far from worthy, demands all we possess.

Is the Singularity our best hope? Or worst?

Must we pluck out our eyes, cut out our limbs, digitalize our self?

The Financial Times states that radical life extension, be it uploading our ‘consciousness’ into a computer, or all other visions of (near-) immortality are merely a continuation of our most human trait: awareness of a reality beyond our death.

Silicon Valley tech evangelism and transhumanism are merely the latest forms of culturally evolved self-deception. They present us with a new metaphysical placebo for existential palliative care. Will we upload ourselves into virtual reality? Perhaps a benevolent superintelligence can help us break through into a life beyond all suffering? Could the church of the technological singularity be right in proclaiming that immortality is nearer than we think?

It is tempting to dismiss scientifically inspired presentiments of immortality as arrant nonsense, but we should not underestimate the way ideas like transhumanism speak powerfully to our unconscious need for delusion. This is not only a new religion that does without God and churches — it also is a marketing strategy for new technology. A novel form of cross-promotion and co-branding, tech evangelism really aims at a deeper and more efficient penetration into the digital marketplace by offering mortality denial in the same package.

Maybe.

This young mother is dead.

A Michigan woman who sacrificed the chance to prolong her life in order to give birth to her sixth child has died.

Carrie DeKlyen, 37, died early Saturday surrounded by family. The last words Nick DeKlyen said to his wife were, “I’ll see you in Heaven.”

If there is a heaven, sacrificing your life so that a child may live seems worthy of entry.

If there is no heaven, applying our biggest brains and greatest tech toward extending life significantly, this too seems worthy of support.

SUICIDE

LIVE TO 100

Don’t kill yourself.

Suicide in men has been described as a “silent epidemic”: epidemic because of its high incidence and substantial contribution to men’s mortality, and silent be­cause of a lack of public awareness, a paucity of explanatory research, and the reluctance of men to seek help for suicide-related concerns. A statistical overview demonstrates a shockingly high rate of death by suicide for men compared with women, and a need to focus attention on prevention, screening, treatment, and service delivery.

Consider taking Sirolimus — also known as rapamycin.

I do not.

I cannot afford this.

I am not certain enough of its overall efficacy.

However, some rich people do take it. They have their reasons.

In a 2009 study, the lifespans of mice fed sirolimus were increased between 28 and 38% from the beginning of treatment, or 9 to 14% in total increased maximum lifespan. Of particular note, the treatment began in mice aged 20 months, the equivalent of 60 human years. Sirolimus has subsequently been shown to extend mouse lifespan in several separate experiments, and is now being tested for this purpose in nonhuman primates (the marmoset monkey),and with an ongoing attempt to organize a study in dogs.


LIVE TO 500

Manufacture your limbs. From home.

A Queensland man is the first person in the world to get a new shin bone created with a 3D printer.

Reuben Lichter, 27, faced losing his leg after an infection which rotted the majority of the bone in his leg. The infection went undiagnosed for four months before the tibia bone was removed in March while medical teams at Princess Alexandra Hospital grew a new bone using pioneering technology.

This could be future you. Consider the pace of computing innovation and the ongoing radical improvements in re-constituting, manipulating and commercializing materials and chemistry. What mights humans look like — and how might they feel — in 500 years?


LIVE FOREVER

Believe there is “life after death” and work towards it.

Sean Carroll, a cosmologist and physics professor at the California Institute of Technology, believes he has put the debate surrounding the afterlife to bed after extensively studying the laws of physics.

Dr Carroll states “the laws of physics underlying everyday life are completely understood” and everything happens within the realms of possibility. He says for there to be an afterlife, consciousness would need to be something that is entirely separated from our physical body – which it is not. Rather, consciousness at the very basic level is a series of atoms and electrons which essentially give us our mind.

Is he right?

No mapping of our thoughts and feelings and impulses onto digital processors?

Claims that some form of consciousness persists after our bodies die and decay into their constituent atoms face one huge, insuperable obstacle: the laws of physics underlying everyday life are completely understood, and there’s no way within those laws to allow for the information stored in our brains to persist after we die.

No soul rising up to heaven?

Jesus said, “For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.” 

So…believe?

Is this a cop out?

In the same chapter, Jesus also says this: “And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. 21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.”

In 2017, we can absolutely believe that humans possess the ability to feed thousands from what’s contained within 2 carry baskets, be it supplements, some new foodstuff, or a 3D printer and some material form of nutrition we do not yet have but which we will almost certainly create, and soon.

We continue to make the impossible possible.

Also, there is this: “And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again.” 

But like you, I continue to find the impossible to believe in impossible to believe in, even still.

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