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Death on Facebook

I’ve just witnessed death in real time, after the happening on Facebook – a late 20 something suicide, scientist, and former classmate of mine….He planned it in plenty of detail, he opened his profile to “everyone”, he wrote messages to everyone before he went missing on March 19th and was eventually found in his car on March 22nd off of a highway. While this was/is a tragedy, and a loss to human kind and the scientific body of knowledge that we’ve been building over the past millennia, I can’t help but think of the compelling end-of-life questions that this raises for me…considering I were in the young veterinary and comparative medicine fellow’s shoes.

Having the opportunity to plan, would I make my social network passwords available with instructions for my estate administrators?

But consider my last entry on life extension and the individual that is compelled for whatever reason to terminate her/his life during situational immortality. It appears that the aforementioned scientists was a religious person, further, a spiritual person and (I’m speculating) found some value in the afterlife, based on comments by his sister and friends…but what if in a world where the human experience were copied and uploaded into/onto vessels of sorts and individual weren’t incline to participate? Someone in the course of some scientific breakthrough….Like: A veterinarian working as a fellow in comparative medicine studying something of value to the evolving species and its body of knowledge. Would we mortals and our technological extensions be compelled to prevent death for the “greater good”?….Just as in the past we’ve advocated death for the greater good?

What do you think?

Life Extension Potential

The objective for the body and more specifically cells is to monitor its energy potential and well being just like we’d monitor anything else with a modern information system/information technology (IS/IT).

Apoptosis is an intentional death of a cell that triggers a “natural” death, Necrosis is an unintentional death of a cell due to damage. While there are some inherent dangers with existing and making it as difficult today to avoid necrosis as it was yesterday, we can aim to scientifically identify apoptosis and manage it. Most of us are familiar with apoptosis, we call it cancer…a phenomenon where cells don’t know when to call it quits and we suffer as a result of the growth.

The specific technology doesn’t exist yet, but we require a mechanism to measure and regulate mitochondrion decisions on-demand. Let’s get to work people! Is there a way that we could constantly monitor mitochondrial regulation without losing blood regularly like a the annoying finger prick monitoring that diabetics have to currently endure.

Lance Becker does a good job of further elaborating on this topic and charging us with a new objective of creating the technologies that will assist in life management and extension.

Holiday Shopping? The Detroit Tale.

Eastland mall shootout unnerves holiday shoppers | | The Detroit News.

I won’t say that it scares me, but I guess I have to be aware of my surroundings,” said Betty Jean Chapel, a 40-year-old Detroit resident who was squeezing in some Christmas shopping Sunday. “I will have to come to the storenot just here, but any storeget what I need and leave.”

Translation: I am insane to consume….at all cost…any price…..including my life….and I am willing to die…for a sale 🙂 …it’s all I know to do….so kill me….I want to die for corporations 🙂

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