18 June 2008

Longer life

A friend of mine wrote in an email recently, "Life is too short." That got me thinking, what if it were longer? What is it were possible to make humans live three times longer and extend their reproductive capability three times longer as well? Would that fix a lot of social problems? If women had a 60 year window to have children instead of a 20 year window, would it make it easier for them to have a career? Or would people just be expected to "pay their dues" at work for three times as long?

It's interesting to see what a lot of science fiction has to say. Frequently, other alien races tell humans that their short life span is a gift. The fact that humans don't have very long to live makes them tenacious and full of life (according to aliens). Humph.

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