So now the whole "eternal life" thing is spilling over into scientific/atheist/skeptic communities too?
Seriously now: who would actually want to live forever
? Do people have zero conception of what that word means, or are they so afraid of death that they just want to stave it off as long as possible, even indefinitely? Even if
we could somehow double or triple our lifespans we would need constant replacements for failing parts in our bodies. But for the sake of argument let's say that it weren't just possible to live forever, but that we could delay or reverse aging to the extent that we'd all be in our primes forever.
Humans are already too destructive within the confines of their relatively short lives. What happens when people no longer die? The population would skyrocket within a single generation -- which would only exacerbate the problems we're already facing: climate change, war, poverty, disease, over-consumption. It would only hasten the end of our species. What good is living "forever" when the planet won't sustain us for more than a few hundred more years?
So, let's say that we could come up with some kind of solution for all these problems -- which is exceptionally unlikely, but just for the sake of argument. What then?
Let's say you spend a few millennia learning anything and everything you could possibly be interested in learning. Then a few more traveling or something. Relative to "forever," it wouldn't take all that long to do everything you could ever want to do. What, then, do you do with the rest of "forever"?
At what point do human "experiences" lose all meaning because they become endless? At what point do people actually want to die because there's nothing left to live for?
This is one of my main points of contention with most modern religions, or at least the ones who espouse "eternal life." It's just not logically feasible.