“People have been thinking about immortality throughout history. We have a deep human need to figure out what happens to us after death,” said Fischer, the principal investigator of The Immortality Project. “Much of the discussion has been in literature, especially in fantasy and science fiction, and in theology in the context of an afterlife, heaven, hell, purgatory and karma. No one has taken a comprehensive and sustained look at immortality that brings together the science, theology and philosophy.”
“We will be very careful in documenting near-death experiences and other phenomena, trying to figure out if these offer plausible glimpses of an afterlife or are biologically induced illusions,” Fischer said. “Our approach will be uncompromisingly scientifically rigorous. We’re not going to spend money to study alien-abduction reports. We will look at near-death experiences and try to find out what’s going on there — what is promising, what is nonsense, and what is scientifically debunked. We may find something important about our lives and our values, even if not glimpses into an afterlife.”
One of the questions he hopes researchers will address is cultural variations in reports of near-death experiences. For example, the millions of Americans who have experienced the phenomenon consistently report a tunnel with a bright light at the end. In Japan, reports often find the individual tending a garden. “Is there something in our culture that leads people to see tunnels while the Japanese see gardens?” he asked. “Are there variations in other cultures?” What can we learn about our own values and the meanings of our finite lives by studying near-death experiences cross-culturally (as well as within our own culture)?
Regardless of the results they find my opinion is those who believe in the afterlife wont change their minds. Still I guess it's about time someone started to take a more objective look at this subject. But I fear that no matter how much people try to analyse this from a scientific point of view our individual beliefs will always get in the way.
They can save tons of money and just speak with hospice nurses, or read the book, Final Gifts.
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Wouldn't it suck to be a test subject in that study?
"Ready up the Electro-shock heart disabler immortality tester" "Test subject 1......negative" "Test subject 2......negative" "Test subject 3......he's still alive! Hit him again for confirmation.....negative" "Test subject 4......negative"
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Originally Posted By: PanzerMeyer
At least this 5 million came from a private foundation and not some public entity (ie tax dollars) since this will turn out to be a complete waste of time and resources IMHO.
I scoff at the concept of Immortality, and thumb my nose in its silly, everliving face. Who wants to live forever, seriously? The mind numbing ennui would frankly be too much to take. No matter how many long and torturous Millenia I lived, there would still be nothing particularly worth watching on the BBC (or any other channel for that matter) ; Cliffs of Dover would still probably not be fixed, Politicians would still have me in fits of almost apoplectic rage, and traffic wardens, estate agents, and Manchester United fans from Surrey would still probably exist (even if in some bizarre, Quantum form).
No thanks. I'll take my "3 score and 10" anyday of the week, seems about 'right'.....and anything else is a bonus. Count me out.
I shall be released.
Edited by Biggles07 (08/06/1201:06 PM) Edit Reason: addendum
"I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals".
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Not if they book results, Nav.
"Immortality" is just a term; doesn't mean we have to carry the same body around forever. IMHO, the way Peter F. Hamilton describes it in his "Commonwealth saga" looks pretty appealing.
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Memory is stored in a memory crystal in your brain, a sort of black box that can be recovered even if your body meets an untimely demise. The body itself is "just" a vehicle that can be rejuvenated if still available, or cloned and merged with the crystal to get the personality back in. Also, external backups can be made of the memory crystals.
Edited by Legend (08/08/1210:06 PM)
_________________________ There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the universe is for it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
No matter how many long and torturous Millenia I lived, there would still be nothing particularly worth watching on the BBC (or any other channel for that matter) ; Cliffs of Dover would still probably not be fixed, Politicians would still have me in fits of almost apoplectic rage, and traffic wardens, estate agents, and Manchester United fans from Surrey would still probably exist (even if in some bizarre, Quantum form).