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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