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    So it goes this way: two days ago whilst traveling, the car I was traveling in was broken into during the night. Given that we have driven for more than a 1000km and given that I carried with me stuff for the next month, you can imagine the quantity of uselessness that was carried in the car.
    We woke up in the morning to find that we have less than nothing with us, save our own underwear and a pair of faded jeans, a T-shirt (long sleeved) and a half bottle of (very good) scotch whiskey, a few old cigarillos and that’s about it.
    Now the interesting bit:
    We looked at each other, all four of us, and burst into laughter!
    We couldn’t possibly be the merrier if we would have won the local lottery.
    The reason is quite simple, the night before we were sitting in the local inn, having a nice wine, and discussing the reality of the mind, deciding that we have absolutely nothing that is really ours. All was given to us, by life, be previous generations of thinkers, by mother nature, by genetics, you name it. We then went on into the small hours of the night discussing the reality of emptiness.
    Life in its chaotic nature had provided us with the assurance that indeed we have nothing, always had nothing and forever will have nothing, nothing..
    What can I say, I love the nothing!

    Nothingness rules!!!

    (maybe part of the Ultrashorts project)

    Tue, Mar 4, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: life, nothingness, chaos
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    Immortality. Life Extension. The Fountain of Youth. Real science or simply wishful thinking? Is it hope or is it hype?

    Scientists from ... all » around the world are racing to answer one of humanity's chief questions: can we turn back the human clock? Hitch a ride on this controversial roller-coaster with charismatic gerontologist Michael Rose as he leads us to where the cutting-edge science in life extension is happening: biotechnology, genetic research, therapeutic cloning and stem-cell research – fields which have moved to the outer reaches of our wildest imagination.

    In Living Forever we also meet the “believers” among us: the colourful characters who refuse to succumb to the grim reaper. And let's not forget the specialists who predict whether their clients have what it takes to live past 100.

    Just to be clear, Living Forever is not a documentary about 60-year-olds who want to look like young and sexy 25-year-olds. This is a film about stopping, slowing down – even reversing – human aging. It is about the modern quest to create a longer, healthier old age, or – the Holy Grail – eliminating old age altogether.

    So, what happens if humans are able to live for another 100 or 500 years? Should we create a race of immortals, just because we have the know-how? At what evolutionary cost? What about the ethical issues? Given humanity's trajectory thus far, it's likely that most people will say ethics be damned: let The Longevity Revolution begin
    Fri, Jan 18, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: longevity, life
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