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

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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    No. My children are too important to me, and I just cannot see hanging around for that damned long unless life in the future is a hell of a lot more fun that it currently is, and medical advances have wiped out chronic debilitating disease that would make that extra century even more agonizing. There is a point where people just get tired, you know?

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    I have children and would still go for it. There is more to living than just having kids or having your kids outlive you. Life in itself is the adventure. Personally I would love it if they found a way to make it to where you could live to be 500, hell 1000+.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    For the people who live for adventure:

    Do you really believe that your life would be more adventurous if you had more time? And is your life adventurous right now?
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by MistressNomad View Post
    Sure. I'm childfree, so I don't care much about that theoretical side effect. I'd hope it would make me sterile, actually. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get fixed? Apparently I'm smart enough to decide to have kids, but not smart enough to decide not to.
    Aha! I was smart enough to be indecisive long enough that I've had no kids yet and probably never will. I like that term 'childfree.'
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by tryreading View Post
    Aha! I was smart enough to be indecisive long enough that I've had no kids yet and probably never will. I like that term 'childfree.'
    End result is the same, as I'm an empty-nester.

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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by evanescence View Post
    For the people who live for adventure:

    Do you really believe that your life would be more adventurous if you had more time? And is your life adventurous right now?
    All depends on what you mean by "adventurous". For me learning is adventurous enough. (don't get me wrong, lots of other things are too...just knowledge is the most important among them all..imo) And no matter how old you are, there is still always something more to learn.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    No. My children are too important to me, and I just cannot see hanging around for that damned long unless life in the future is a hell of a lot more fun that it currently is, and medical advances have wiped out chronic debilitating disease that would make that extra century even more agonizing. There is a point where people just get tired, you know?
    Well, hopefully Dr. K has taken the treatment too, his prison time is up, and he is free to help you solve this fatigue issue.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    End result is the same, as I'm an empty-nester.
    Glad you got through it alive.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    All depends on what you mean by "adventurous". For me learning is adventurous enough. (don't get me wrong, lots of other things are too...just knowledge is the most important among them all..imo) And no matter how old you are, there is still always something more to learn.
    I guess I was thinking along the lines of skydiving or para sailing. While I like those things, children are more important. Annoying, but important.

    I see your point. I guess I just haven't be able to make learning the reason why I get up in the morning.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    As a fan of science fiction, I find it fascinating how certain authors look at effects different technologies have. One of my favorites, Lois Bujold does this alot with life sciences. I very indirectly got the idea for this question from her looking at life sciences in the future.

    Imagine a scenario where a treatment is devised that extends the human lifespan by 250 %. Instead of living to an average of 75ish, the new average is 182ish. It does not make you old for a long time, it slows the rate you age, so now you look and feel young for much longer, then feel middle aged alot longer, and so on.

    There is one problem with this treatment. In 50 % of the cases, it will render the person unable to have children. Half of women who undergo this treatment will become barren, half the men will have their sperm count drop to almost nothing. You can still have fun with sex, but their won't be any babies for 50 % of the people. Would you choose to have the treatment? I am further asking if you have children currently, wondering if that effects the results. Assume the treatment needs to be done at a young age()15ish maybe) to fend off the "I would have kids, then have the treatment".
    I would do it. Then, at 150 or 160, the next generation drug will surely have been perfected, the one that de-ages you back to 20, and allows another life span of maybe 700 years or so, and I'll do that one too. Good times.
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