In point of fact, in the last century or so, we've seen not God, but political leaders bring down mass destruction upon Humanity through the application of knowledge gained through the use of Science, and by presenting various forms of bigotry, pugilism, political constructs and social orders as "scientific." God has been able to take a break from the wrath business.
And if you'd care to apply a little thought, you'll soon discover that a very great deal of what passes for Science today, is really not, especially where human motivations and political aspirations are part of the mix. AGW, for instance.
Quod scripsi, scripsi
There's just general every day risks that can occur, there's disease that's possible, etc. I'm mostly thinking about aging. And even then, from the little I've researched in it the thought is that at most you're realistically simply adding a a few extra decades onto life.
As to "certain people would be allowed", no...but I'm not the utopian type that thinks everything should just be given to people. I can't imagine whatever efforts that occur in this regard is simply going to be the cost of a pack of gum at the local 7-11. To my understanding, even today, the life expectency in various countries widely differs. For example, average life expectency in the US is 5 years greater than that of China.
That's no small thing mind you, but it's far from living forever.
The birth rate has been dropping steadily in the United States at the very least. Less people are having kids, or are having kids at an older age. I would be shocked if such a trend didn't significantly continue if we managed to extend life by and extra 20 years. The life expectency in South Africa is 20 years less than China.
I'm relatively confident about man's ability to adapt to their environment and to the situations at hand. Undoubtably, there would be pitfalls that would come from a potential short term substantial growth in the average life expectency in most developed nations. However, by and large, I think many of those pitfalls are able to be overcome.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
Ich habe schon Pferde vor der Apotheke kotzen sehen.
I saw the title and I was not real impressed... I assumed they were just talking about creating a new organism from lab manufactured DNA - something that's kind already been done, and not surprising we can do.
But the real story is amazing! The 'artificial' DNA has totally different bases - its completely foreign to actual life, and could potentially be an impressive step towards tons of stuff - I think drug delivery immediately - but potentially lots of other uses as well.
This genetic engineering stuff will really change the world and the face of civilization forever in a century or so... if the science deniers allow our civilization to prosper long enough to make it that far.
Many Trump supporters have lots of problems, and those deplorables are bringing those problems to us. They’re racists. They’re misogynists. They’re islamophobic. They're xenophobes and homophobes. And some, I assume, are good people.
Imagine living 750 years on earth.
Does that really sound good to you?
Either way - I don't know if breeding "mutant" organisms is a good idea considering some nefarious clown will realize eventually that this technology could potentially create biological weapons, that or mutate and create a disease/virus that we would have no understanding of and which could be potentially extremely lethal.
I'm pro-science and pro-learning but sometimes curiosity kills the cat.
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100 years is long enough for me. Not to mention I have met some centennials and they're more than happy with the opportunity to have lived for 100+ years - they're also very tired and aren't afraid to die.
IMO, I think after 100 years these centennials have gained so much wisdom and learned so much that there is nothing left for them to do but to teach via philosophy.
Besides, the world would get so flipping strange if people could live to 750.
Staying 30 for a century would be extremely bizarre.