View Poll Results: Would you have the hypothetical life extending treatment?

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  • Yes, and I have children in real life

    8 14.55%
  • No, and I have children in real life

    9 16.36%
  • Yes, and I have no children in real life

    22 40.00%
  • No, and I have no children in real life

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Thread: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    My sentiments exactly *I'm 52*. My main reason being the concern for natural resources, etc. Where are we all going to live? What will we eat? Unless we're going to build cities underwater or in space, I can't see us becoming a "long-lived" race.

    Edited because even considering the "and no children" bit - what percentage of people would take the magic pill? The rest would all still be having children.
    People make resources. I don't buy in to the "only so much to go around" theory. There's plenty of room for more.

    The question seems to be pointed more at the idea of procreation vs. extending one's own life, and which is of greater value. As i type the vote is 2 to 1 for longevity. What I'm interested in is, why double-up on life? Why double childhood, adolescence, bungled youth, adulthood into middle age and infirmity? Why extend what we already have, kids or no kids? Is it not rich enough?

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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    Never enough. Life is too fun, interesting, and there are too many things to try and do to want to leave.
    Does it presume that funds and abilities will make us able to see and do it all?

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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Does it presume that funds and abilities will make us able to see and do it all?
    It presumes that whatever happens will be interesting and different. It also presumes that with existence comes innovation.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Does it presume that funds and abilities will make us able to see and do it all?
    By slowing down ageing you could save enough to retire while you're still 'young'.
    So follow me into the desert
    As desperate as you are
    Where the moon is glued to a picture of heaven
    And all the little pigs have God

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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    Never enough. Life is too fun, interesting, and there are too many things to try and do to want to leave.
    That's a great attitude. Enjoy. I'm thinking I've got 10-12 years left, minimum, and I'm cool with it. It has to end sometime.

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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    By slowing down ageing you could save enough to retire while you're still 'young'.
    But you will be 'old' twice as long.

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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyDan View Post
    But you will be 'old' twice as long.
    You could afford expensive surgery.
    So follow me into the desert
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    Where the moon is glued to a picture of heaven
    And all the little pigs have God

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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by Arcana XV View Post
    No kidding. Especially if the decision needs to be made before the brain is even mature enough to comprehend the consequences. I know that at 15 I would have totally gone for the cool idea of living for close to 2 centuries over the idea of having kids of my own.
    Just thinking of retiring at the age of 65 and having like 100 years (before you lose your brain) to spend in this world without concerns is awesome.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    It's the "without concerns" bit that has me cautious.

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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    Just thinking of retiring at the age of 65 and having like 100 years (before you lose your brain) to spend in this world without concerns is awesome.
    It's a matter of proportion. If you live to be 175, will you have earned enough by age 65 to not simply support yourself, but indulge yourself?

    Theoretically, you can live that way now - provided you become incredibly wealthy at age 25.

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