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Let's Live Like Lobsters! (A Sensible Approach to Life Extension?)
Here's a quite engaging and very sensible interview with Bennett Foddy on the possibilities for and the ethics of life extension. I would put this philosophy professor in the moderately Cartesian camp. Fodder sees that what nature—as described by evolutionary science—wants is not always good for ME, and there’s no reason I should prefer what’s best for evolution (or what’s best for society) to what’s best for me. That’s not to say we can or should transcend the natural world in any decisive sense. Nobody what we do, natural death will be the fate of each of us eventually.
Foddy’s most instructive take-away points:
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The team caught a glimpse of a process that takes 18,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 years.
- In Italy, a team of scientists is using a highly sophisticated detector to hunt for dark matter.
- The team observed an ultra-rare particle interaction that reveals the half-life of a xenon-124 atom to be 18 sextillion years.
- The half-life of a process is how long it takes for half of the radioactive nuclei present in a sample to decay.
A new study looks at what would happen to human language on a long journey to other star systems.
- A new study proposes that language could change dramatically on long space voyages.
- Spacefaring people might lose the ability to understand the people of Earth.
- This scenario is of particular concern for potential "generation ships".
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