How long and in what ways should we try to extend life?

@blueboy3 (123)
Ireland
August 8, 2010 5:18am CST
We are getting to a point medically and technologically where we probably will be able to extend human life significantly. But like any human 'leap forward' there will be costs. As is already happening, people may live longer but in a poor state of health, or they may live longer and healthily but their minds may deterioriate. Or again, we may be able to live longer only if we live disicplined lives and/or undergo various medical/genetic treatments from a very young age. Or in a century or so, it may be possible to transfer elements of our consciousness into machines, or maybe more realistically keep our bodies in some kind of semi-stasis while using computer/virtual reality/robotics/holographics to have our minds interact with the world. In all of these there may be a kind of limited life . I admit I am fascinated by these possibilities, but wonder whether we actually fail to live life if we are obsessed with extending it. On the other hand, the kind of life spans we have now may be as socially conditioned as the 40-year life expectancy of most people a few centuries ago. Your thoughts?
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@Naruto555 (173)
• United States
14 Aug 10
I think we should stop polluting because it is hurting our environment by killing animals and also causing lung problems to humans.
@blueboy3 (123)
• Ireland
14 Aug 10
I guess the strange thing is that we try to extend life in all sorts of ways but are reluctant to deal with the obvious problems we ourselves are causing. We seem to want a solution without changing.
@reneezoso (393)
• India
8 Aug 10
Hmm .. well at first we should eat more green vegetables..eating meat or flesh does make you healthy but can lead to high cholestrol level leadin to heart attack .. so its better keeping away from non-veg.. nd pls STOP smoking.. :) this should definetly help u extend ur life :)
@blueboy3 (123)
• Ireland
8 Aug 10
Have never smoked, thankfully, but not sure how much I would want to trade living less carefully now for extra years later. This will probably change as I get older!