Originally Posted by nsilva
My god you are stupid.
In theory we could say we are not over-populated, but it would require an absolutely insane amount of "if X".
IF we all switched to sustainable resources, stopped polluting, kept the population stable (i.e. ZERO increase), stopped destroying natural habitat (pro tip: trees give off Oxygen from Co2. We need that to live) and so on. It MIGHT be a valid statement. However, considering we are insanely far from that, there is no way we're "not overpopulated".
Also has anyone actually considered the problems of immortality? Lets say we ignore all the problems associated with resources, population, etc.
As you get older, each day continually makes up a lower percent of your life. Hence each day will seem very, very, very slightly shorter. If you remember back to when you were (lets say 4 or 5), you might remember how insanely long a day appeared to be. Now look at your self - a day (probably) seems fairly short. You spend a little bit of time at work (doesn't feel like THAT much provided you're happy), go home, do whatever, repeat. Its SCALING.
Now extrapolate outwards. Each day is going to get a lower and lower value for the percent of your life. Eventually a day WILL approach 0%. At that point, each day is essentially worthless. In addition, culture will evolve around you at an accelerated rate. Language will change (provided there are newer generations), as will technology, culture, etc. It would be like bringing an iPod back to the 1600s.
In addition, what happens to the brain? Sure in this scenario we've cured 'aging', but what happens to it physically over time? Does it "run out of memory"? Its a finite size so it DOES have finite storage. What is that limit? What happens when you cross it? When you get near it, to older memories start getting erased?
In addition, as you continue to live, you'll likely fear death more and more. As it is right now, death is inevitable for everyone. You accept that regardless of what you may believe. You may fear it, welcome it, ignore it, however, it does come. We see it all around us every day (check the news...). What happens when it becomes a rarity? When we are no longer exposed to it. Thousands of years ago incurable diseases, wounds, etc. were all around us. Someone might get gored by a lion (or something), and there would be nothing we could do. We would grow used to it. Now, its unimaginable.
Many 'sudden deaths' were unexplainable. Heart attacks, seizures, etc. People would literally die for absolutely no (known) reason. Again, we would grow used to it that death could strike at any time, for no reason, and it would be unpreventable. Now we know what causes these things, and how to prevent them to some degree - we also fear them far more.
So what happens when death becomes distant and strange to us? How would a society operate under those conditions?Edited by doomlord52 - 5/15/12 at 9:23am