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    Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    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".
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Yeah, I'd do it. I'd just adopt, which is likely what I'm going to do anyway, so it wouldn't matter to me.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Hell, can I ask for sterile 100% of the time? I'd take that. Better as a packaged deal.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    I'd still have it, there's always other ways to have kids, adoption, IVF, cloning, kidnapping etc..
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    Good God no. Live in this world 182 years? Why? Hell, 40 was enough for me. And I'm not even unhappy.

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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    I would have my gametes frozen for later fertilization, and then undergo the procedure.

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    The one interesting thing I can think of, is if you get the treatment, and your kids don't, that would suck. I wouldn't want to bury a child.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    No, we had two girls and even though the oldest is deceased, we had her for 19 good 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.

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    Other, have my baby batter preserved, then take the treatment.
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    Re: Hypothetical Question, No Right Answers

    This thread is proof again that no matter how carefully you word the question, some one will still find the loophole. Please try and play along with the premise: treatment = 50 % chance no kids.
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