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

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  • No, and I have no children in real life

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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by tryreading View Post
    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.
    Yup. I'm a big Heinlein fan and longevity was one of his major themes.

    According to him, based on biotech at the time, those under the age of 40 in the year 2000 stand a very good chance of being able to leapfrog their way to immortality. Riding each life extension to the development of the next.

    I could totally watch a thousand years of sunsets, and raise a hundred adopted kids!

    It would make having pets even harder though.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    I'm a big proponent of the quest for immortality, but if I'm being honest with myself I don't even want to live to see tomorrow. The thought of living another thousand days fills me with dread, much less a thousand more years.

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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".
    You can have kids at as far as I know as young as 12 and younger in rarer cases so it would not fend off the "I would have kids, then have the treatment comment".


    I would have my sperm frozen and then do the treatment. If frozen sperm failed then there is cloning and adoption if I really wanted kids bad enough.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Being young for a long time, and being middle aged for a long time (mentioned in the OP) obviously leads to the unmentioned: being old and miserable for a long time.

    I'll pass thank you.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Fine, I'd just have sex twice as much.
    I like the kidnapping option.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    I didn't realize so many of you don't have children.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    While the 50% infertility rate would probably slow population growth, extending life by 100+years would surely strain resources, at least initially. Couple that with the fact that I really don't have a desire to live 180 years and I'm not interested. For those of you living into the 2100s, have fun!
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Nope. I have children, I have no interest in living a longer life. Children or no children wouldn't change the answer.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Nope. I have children, I have no interest in living a longer life. Children or no children wouldn't change the answer.
    I don't get this.

    If you could have a much longer life, and let's say with perfect health, and a guarantee you wouldn't outlive your children, then would you want a longer life?
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I didn't realize so many of you don't have children.
    Its because of what they do to a person. The poll results show that folks with no kids are more likely to want a longer life, and, more telling, those with kids are significantly less likely. The little buggers are death on a person. I'm agin 'em.
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