IMMORTALITY

Immortality Workshop de Inglês - Estúdio447 English Club

IMMORTALITY: HOW, WHEN, WHY? DO WE WANT TO LIVE FOREVER?


INTRODUCTION
Immortality has always been a dream for many humans. The desire to avoid death is universal, whether because of fear, a thirst for knowledge, or simply a love of living. However, many others tend to see it as a curse, with journalist Herb Caen saying: “The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.” Ask the average person on the street if they want to live forever and perhaps surprisingly (or not), the answer is NO! And yet why are some people so obsessed with anti-ageing creams, having children, art and religion? Should we all just enjoy living in the moment, while the moment lasts? The question of immortality deserves a deeper look. So let’s go deeper!


WHAT IS IMMORTALITY?
Think about it!


IS PHYSICAL IMMORTALITY A REALITY?
According to Google’s Chief of Engineering Ray Kurzweil, we could be as little as 20 years away from having the technology to not only extend our lives far beyond what it is today, but to actually allow human beings to become immortal. He is determined to live forever. He is 67 years old, but thanks to his anti-aging lifestyle, he says his “biological age” is in the late 40s. After developing his own range of nutritional supplements, he now takes around 100 pills per day; at a cost of US$1.6 million per year. These pills include supplements for "heart health, eye health, sexual health, and brain health." He is actively involved in developing life-extension technologies in parallel with the future of nanotechnology, robotics, and biotechnology. [1]


HUMAN CLONING: GROW YOUR OWN ARTIFICIAL ORGANS
There are two ways human cloning can potentially extend our lives in the future. Firstly the idea of cloning individual body parts, such as a heart or a liver. These cloned organs could simply act as replacements when your original organs fail. Scientists are developing techniques to grow fully functional organs in the lab, though we are still thought to be several decades away from this being ready to save lives. This type of cloning would be a huge medical advance for extending the human life span and no doubt would be widely accepted by society. 

The other method would be complete human cloning, which we have the technology to....

 

*** THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE IMMORTALITY WORKSHOP! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE THIS CONVERSATION WORKSHOP IN FULL, WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND A FRIENDLY GROUP OF PEOPLE, THEN PLEASE CONTACT US TO FIND OUT HOW TO PARTICIPATE. 
 

The rest of this workshop will discuss...

  • BECOME A CYBORG
  • BUILD A GREAT BIG PYRAMID
  • HAVE YOURSELF FROZEN
  • UNLOCKING YOUR GENES
  • MIND UPLOADING
  • AUBREY DE GRAY
  • WRITE A BOOK – CROWDSOURCING IMMORTALITY THE HALL OF FAME

QUESTION

Would you undergo cryopreservation for a chance to live in the future and perhaps even become immortal?
Please let us know by leaving a response in the comment section below.

 

VOCABULARY

  • immortality: (noun) [Portuguese: imortalidade] - the ability to live forever; eternal life. "eating the fruit gave the gods immortality"
  • nanotechnology: (noun) [Portuguese: nanotecnologia] - the branch of technology that deals with dimensions and tolerances of less than 100 nanometers, especially the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules.
  • biotechnology: (noun) [Portuguese: biotecnologia] - the exploitation of biological processes for industrial and other purposes, especially the genetic manipulation of micro-organisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones, etc.
  • to clone: (verb) [Portuguese: clonar] – to propagate (an organism or cell) as a clone. "of the hundreds of new plants cloned, the best ones are selected" make an identical copy of.
  • cryonics: (noun) [Portuguese: criogenia] - the practice or technique of deep-freezing the bodies of those who have died of an incurable disease, in the hope of a future cure.
  • vitrification: [Portuguese: vitrificação] (from Latin vitreum, "glass" via French vitrifier) is the transformation of a substance into glass. In ceramics it is the impermeability to water.
  • enzyme: (noun) [Portuguese: enzima] - a substance produced by a living organism that acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction.
  • shoelace: (noun) [Portuguese: cadarço] - a cord or leather strip passed through eyelets or hooks on opposite sides of a shoe and pulled tight and fastened.
  • regenerative medicine: [Portuguese: medicina regenerativa] - is a branch of translational research in tissue engineering and molecular biology which deals with the "process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function".
  • to crowdsource: (verb) - obtain (information or input into a particular task or project) by enlisting the services of a number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically via the Internet.
  • daring: (adjective) [Portuguese: ousada] - (of a person or action) adventurous or audaciously bold.

 

REFERENCES

  1. “Guess how much Google futurist Ray Kurzweil spends on food that will make him live forever?!” Blodget, Henry, 13th April 2013, Business Insider
  2. “Why Cryonics Makes Sense” Urban, Tim, March 2016, Wait But Why http://waitbutwhy.com/2016/03/cryonics.html
  3.  “23-Year Old Kim Suozzi Undergoes Cryonic Preservation After Successful Fundraising Campaign” Dvorsky, George, 21st January 2013, io9.com
  4. “A Dying Young Woman’s Hope in Cryonics and a Future” Segal, Laura, September 2015, NY Times
  5. “Turtles could hold the secret to human immortality” Wilkins, Alasdair, August 2010, Gizmode
  6. “5 ways science could make us immortal” Dietle, David, January 2011 cracked.com
  7. “Billionaires: Russian Mogul Wants to Upload Your Brains Into Immortality” Dillow, Clay, July 2015, Popular Science
  8. “Hang in There: The 25-Year Wait for Immortality” Than, Ker, April 2005, livescience.com

 

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