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Questions tagged [immortality]

For questions about the ability to live forever.

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Countermeasures against immortality [closed]

If people are not dying from decrepitude, if people have an infinite life expectancy, if all humans become immortal. What would a government do to prevent overpopulation? What would/should a ...
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Does the body keep growing or maturing in any way past adulthood?

(Edited for clarification) The general popular conception of how aging works is that your body grows and develops, reaching completion at some point in your late twenties or early thirties, and then ...
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If humans were biologically immortal, but had an average lifespan of 100 years, what would the distribution of ages be?

Let's say that humans were biologically immortal. Once they reach adulthood, they effectively stop aging. Due to disease though, the average lifespan is 100 years. (In practice, your access to ...
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How can a group of immortals hide in a modern society with extensive record-keeping? [duplicate]

The immortals are among us. And they have been for a long time. All of them were born in the 7th to 4th century B.C. in the area of what today is the regions of Macedonia and Thessaly in Greece. ...
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How to survive the collapse of civilization? [closed]

Say you're an immortal, who's seen civilizations rise and fall around your ears; and you've decided to ride the wave, the next time the barbarians are at the gates. You've had to keep your head down ...
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How long will an ageless person live? [duplicate]

Let's imagine there are some ageless people living in big European or American cities. Ageless, forever young but not immortal. They can still die from car crash, gun or knife wound etc. Assuming ...
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Fastest way for an invincible young immortal to make $1 million USD?

So, I gave a $100 bill to a homeless person a few months ago who gave me "God's blessings" in return. Apparently, that conveyed immortality and invincibility upon me as I no longer age (I think) and ...
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How would a child with a thousand years of experience behave?

Here's one to ponder: what would an immortal eight-year-old be like after one thousand years? In most stories involving immortality, the immortals are fully formed adults. When those stories do ...
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Hiding a handful of immortals on a Generation Ship?

I have a handful of immortals that have spent the last 6000 years stuck on planet Earth. They really, want to get out of here. They missed their chance back in Egypt before The Fall of the Pharaohs**. ...
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Hereditary immortality: Plausible?

Background info I am writing a story and I have a young character named Lydia who is worried about dying young and having fertility problems. Her not so close family has a history of that. Dying so ...
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An immortal with high regeneration power get beheaded, which part regrows? [closed]

For the purposes of this question, an "immortal" is a human with powerful regeneration abilities, similar to Logan/Wolverine from X-Men. This immortal can regrow limbs when they are cut off. I was ...
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How can I ensure my existing lifestyle stays the same if I'm immortal?

I'm immortal. Yes, I could give you the secret and also no I won't. Unless...that is...you help me solve a bit of a dilemma I'm facing. I recently found out that both my wife and I are immortal and ...
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Why would an immortal make good on his loan?

Premise My world that has undergone a transformative breakthrough in biology and genetics. It's not just the ultra-rich who have it; rather, everyone is immortal. However, this world's understanding ...
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How would we deal with over population if we make all humans immortal? [closed]

It is said that in the future, scientists will achieve immortality and soon every human on earth would be immortal. When I say immortal, I mean not dying by any means, not from aging, diseases, ...
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How to mitigate the economic impact of immortality?

So, I'm writing a story about the modern world after a mysterious event starts giving humans superpowers. While most people can only keep a couple of them at a time, there were a few that everyone ...
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Neutral, science-based Undead

I'm looking for one or more biological processes that could be bolstered, changed, or introduced to a human to create a severely extended lifespan, ideally requiring death first, in order to best ...
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As an immortal, how can I find someone to run my kingdom when I get bored? [closed]

It really wasn't all that hard, taking over the kingdom. I had a few hundred years to amass my fortunes, and once the nobility saw through my charade of strikingly similar genes passed from son to son,...
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Why would a race with high longevity but low numbers be aggressive and warlike?

Context Members of my race can live virtually infinite lives (they still have to drink, eat, and can be killed, but don't age and are immune/really resistant to disease) but are unable to reproduce. ...
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If we all became immortal at once, will we ever stop expanding the size of population? [closed]

Let's set the boundaries: Same earth, same time Overnight we all become immortals and totally indestructible Peoples never fall ill nor need to sustain themselves They actually can reproduce without ...
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How advanced could someone make a firearm with Medieval Technology

Assume I have someone who doesn't age, and has a lot of time to learn any skill or experiment with things, but who was born and raised (prior to becoming ageless) in a medieval farming village. He is ...
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(Regrowing) Teeth for Immortals?

Lets suppose there is a race of Immortal beings. What are possible solutions to them slowly losing their teeth due to wear and tear? After all, if a normal human lived for hundreds of years at some ...
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How to calculate food consumption if all current human suddenly becomes immortal? [closed]

What if all human currently become immortal? Those who lived at particular fraction of time gain immortality and newborn don't have it . So the ages of people on earth currently will become constant ...
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How could my immortal avoid degenerative diseases?

So my main character was genetically engineered to be biologically immortal. By this I mean her DNA is a lot better than ours. The telomeres do not degrade over time same as genetic information. ...
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How would a society of immortals view a mortal? [closed]

Imagine a society where everyone is immortal, meaning they cannot die from old age. These people would be exactly like humans in every way, except that they are immortal, but could still be killed by ...
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Immortality via cloning [closed]

In this imaginary future (about 50 years from now), cloning functioning and viable healthy humans is possible. The procedure needs some stem cells that should be extracted just after your birth. Your ...
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How to safely check if you are immortal?

My hero lived his usual life until recently, when he realized that Magic actually exists. So far he has been granted levitation for a short period of time and invisibility for several hours. Both ...
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What would an alien teach on medival earth [closed]

My protagonist was a diplomat, and a spy. Things went wrong and he had to flee in a crippled starship. So, he crash-landed on a planet which was inhabit by a primitive life form. He crashed on 16th-...
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Age Reversal Accident - how will this affect the person?

In the future the technology to reverse one's age exists. We can make people younger but not older. One day there is an accident, and someone is reverted to a ten year old, instead of reverting to ...
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Why would the government ban mind uploading when humans are biologically immortal? [closed]

The year is 2317 C.E. Assume all existing humans were bitten by radioactive "water-bears" or tardigrades. Ignore statistics and disregard murphy's law. Every human can live forever, unless due to ...
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How to build a literal colossus of disease? [closed]

Say you're a single celled being with the following characteristics. Able to control disease based cells around it Human-level intelligence Virtually immortal You've been around for millennia. You'...
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How a hero can detect or test his own immortality? [closed]

The hero is born into universe populated by similarly looking to him people. But he suspects he could be immortal and possess some (maybe, passive) special powers. The facts known to him: He ages ...
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How Does One Ensures the Immortality of Their Consciousness [closed]

So lately I have been looking into how immortality is commonly pictured. The immortality of the kind "even if he's dead, he'll be back", when the "soul" (I personally prefer consciousness) of the ...
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Hiding immortality [duplicate]

So I somehow turned into an immortal (I don't age). (Looking ~25-30) Naturally, this brings around some problems. After ~10 years of fun, people started making comments on how young I look. I fear ...
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How can an organization keep prisoners secured who can escape by death and resurrection? [closed]

In my world, there's a small portion of society who are ageless, and resurrect in a distant location immediately when receiving lethal damage on their body. And then, there is an organization of "...
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You are alone on Earth. You are immortal. You are tasked to destroy all traces of civilization as quick as possible. What do you do? [closed]

You are alone on Earth. You are immortal. You are tasked to destroy all traces of civilization as quick as possible. What should you do to complete the task quicker?
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Natural environment to force evolution to Immortality

Which natural conditions are needed to force the evolution to immortality? I've read on a page (I don't remember the page) that if the environment is safe, the animal would evolve to have a shorter ...
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How do I make a server of a virtual world indestructible?

Imagine if we would hit a point in time where we would accept that living in a virtual world is better for being happy and would make us near immortal. And then we would build something like the ...
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Preparing Digital Immortalization

I'm excited to share my little secret with you, if you promise me not to tell anyone else and help me with my little, ambitious quest. I think I managed to found a way for someone to enter the ...
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Criminal justice if people could live arbitrarily long lives

In modern society the main punishment for a crime is either imprisonment or financial penalty. Even if you're a billionaire, a 20 year prison sentence isn't something to brush off, and a large fine ...
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How does a mundane army defeat an immortal army?

In trying to both invent and prevent mediums with which opposing armies can defeat "Army X", I come to you, stack exchange, hoping for some second-opinions on how to 'defeat an immortal army'. In ...
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How could immortal children age faster than immortal adults?

In plenty of stories you have beings who age incredibly slowly and are technically immortal. I have a handful of similar such beings who have through some means or other attained the benefits of ...
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Immortals vs the Gateway to Hell [closed]

Deep under the earth, in a stock standard "Deep Dark Cave" is the entrance to the underworld. It's a very real place, and visible from the far bank of the River of Souls, but no living person can ...
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Can evolution happen in one single individual?

Lets say there is one being (it can as intelligent as a dog or an average human). But lets also give it/him a bit more unorthodox situations. He/it doesn't need to sleep and eat. Nor also his cell ...
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Should immortal people have a god? [closed]

Assume we are living in a world in which there are immortal people living among us. According to some religions the gods are eternal, and according to logic, everything with a start must have an end. ...
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How long would it take for someone to forget the most important things in their life? [closed]

Professor Y is trapped in a virtual reality. The VR is running on accelerated time to the point where he can live out millions of lifetimes in a real-life day, basically giving him immortality within ...
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What Disease(s) could Kill an Immortal?

Ignorance is curable, living is forever. Robert A. Heinlein1 Cutting to the hard data: Due to some or another reason2 the genetic information stored inside cells (aka DNA) of my Immortals does not ...
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What would immortality do to a society [closed]

So I really don't know, how bad or good it would be for a species to reach immortality, so some questions. The world is set in a near future and I talk about humans no special kind of alien. I talk ...
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Why would an incredibly long lived race not be known for their scarring?

Many long lived races are seen as serene, beautiful, and wise. Yet with long life comes the increased chance to be permanently injured in a life-altering way, either physically, emotionally, or ...
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Should immortal women have periods?

Mod Note: Some people may be squeamish about this subject, please keep all responses clinical rather than vulgar. So, in my world, I try to play the "immortality" trope with twists that make it ...
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How to setup non suspicious blockage that deny access to all except witches? [closed]

In the 16th century A.D. the Magistrate of East Hampton in Eastern North America, which formed following European colonization, called for an annual witch hunt, in which wizards and witch hunters ...