X-Message-Number: 28615
From: Kennita Watson <>
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2006 11:22:56 -0800

Francois wrote:
> We have no experience with immortality, all we have are  
> speculations. What
> happens to a human mind after a thousand years? A million? A  
> quadrillion?
> Will we vanquish death only to succumb to insanity, boredom,  
> despair, or
> something worse that will only be revealed after countless  
> millenia? Yes,
> the question is indeed valid and must not be ignored or dismissed. We
> would do so at our own peril.
What happens to a human mind after a thousand years?  Maybe
the question "must not be ignored or dismissed", but I for
one will ignore and dismiss it until I am (say) 200 or 300
and have time to think about it.  Besides, technology will
have changed by then, and whatever I think of now will be
considered laughably infantile.

Perhaps "we" would ignore it at "our" own peril, but given
that there are 6+ billion people on the planet and counting,
and that some nonzero percentage of them contemplates this
sort of thing for fun, I contend that an "at our own peril"
attitude or message is a waste of emotional energy --
likely at any time, but certainly now when it's not a

FTR, I don't think a human mind would be human after a
million years, and that doesn't bother me.

Live long and prosper,
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
none but ourselves can free our minds.
           -- Bob Marley, "Redemption Song"

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