Originally posted by robbie carrobie
Hi, this is the first time that i have entered the science forum and do so with some intrepidation , for I am not a scientist, anyhow, i will try to be as lucid and succinct as possible. My question concerns the ageing process, we know that cells are able to regenerate and replenish themselves, thus when we accidentally cut our finger, the body func ...[text shortened]... es, is there any reason why this process could not go on perpetually - thanks in advance Robbie.
One theory has it we would not survive more than a few thousand years even if immortality was given to all humans. The idea there is life is too arduous and you may dodge bullets like plane crashes, space suit punctures, hunting accidents, falls into a canyon, etc., only for so long and one of those non-life kind of accidents will get you sooner or later, probably a lot sooner.
There is also the problem of keeping on to your memories, what is the capacity of an immortal to remember her whole life? Would you then have to have some kind of digital central where you offload your memories every thousand years or so and go on from there?
Or maybe extend your brain into your bones like have them extend into the marrow or something? It would look like even that would have its limits. The human brain uses up something like a quarter of the entire bodies energy supply already so you can see if you did something like extend the brain internally into the body, there would be a limit on how much you could extend things that way due to the limited recources of even an immortal body.
BTW, there is a doctor in Florida who is already offering some kind of telemere rebuilding proceedure, it costs 22,000 bucks. Personally I would not want to be the first one to do such a thing, since telemere extension is also implicated in cancer and what good would it do you if indeed telemere rebuilding actually worked and you ended up 20 years younger but die of cancer 5 years later?
I can shoot you the doc's website if you want, he is out to make money that is pretty obvious, he has these long posts where he just made a trip to Nicaragua or Peru or some such and is always coming up with the next best anti-aging formula which he will supply to you for the incredibly great price of only $196 US for a 6 month supply of whatever he is shilling at the moment. Some of his advice is actually good, you just have to remember he is clearly in it for the dough, and I don't mean the kind you kneed, the kind he NEEDS🙂