Re: Stewart Brand's The Clock of the Long Now

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Wed Jan 17 2001 - 07:57:12 MST

From: Stewart Brand <>

>>Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
>>Of course.
>>Silly me.
>>"I'm not a thousand years old; I'm a thousand years young!"

>More like a thousand years weary, jaded, tired, bored, suicidal.

>It's not even interesting being pretty and strong if everybody is
>pretty and strong.

>A thousand years wise might mean something. What, remains to be
>seen. The fiction writers so far assume a great interest in
>either aesthetics or history in coming methuselas. Might be.

Heinlein dealt with this in "Time Enough for Love", and had a
pretty good solution. Live a life, then rejuvenate and live a new
life as someone else.

I see effective parallels in my own life. I would love to "turn-
back-the-clock" and go to med school and maybe bioengineering or
nanotechnology, but being 43 and needing to keep a roof over my
head imposes limitations. Still I would probably make the
investment if I knew I was going to live to be 150, much less 1000.
Of course those tired of living can always remove themselves.

>Do read Sterling's HOLY FIRE.

Re-read it about once a year or so, love it.


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