Can we live forever? Michael Shermer
Can we really live forever? A question we all ponder at one point or another. I mean, doesn't the story of Adam and Eve allude to a creation that was slated for immortality, till sin entered the equation? Hollywood has given us different visions of immortality in movies such as "Selfless" , "Highlander" and swing a stick and you'll hit a vampire movie. But can we REALLY be immortal? Al and I brought a fascinating guest aboard the House of Mystery to help us gain clarity on this glaring question, Dr. Michael Shermer.
Michael Shermer is an American science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and editor-in-chief of its magazine "Skeptic", which is largely devoted to investigating pseudo scientific and supernatural claims. The Skeptics Society currently has over 55,000 members. Shermer engages in debates on topics pertaining to pseudoscience and religion in which he emphasizes scientific skepticism. Which we touched on, but centered mostly on the idea of immortality.
We all can agree that science is in fact working on ways to extend life. We all see the commercials for supplements, products, pharmaceuticals, the latest fads promoting "Extend your life, shed those years, renew your youth, younger looking skin!" But will they really work? Can science make us immortal? Dr. Shermer does not think so, at least not at this time. So, we have to ask? Can we transfer a persons consciousness, i.e a spirit, into another body or even an artificial body (example: Selfless)? Well, as Michael points out, that depends on how and where you define the soul? Where is the spirit located? In the brain? In the cells? Is is some ethereal concept? Many of us, myself included, believe the soul/spirit is the splinter of G-D we all carry in us. That which connects this physical body to the Eternal/Cosmos/the Universe. That intangible ether that makes us US and connects us to G-D and each other, therefore making us eternal.
But as Michael pointed out, correctly, in order to prove the existence of a soul per se, we have to be able to do it scientifically. We have to be able to measure it. In short, we may never know if a soul exist and if we can transfer it. I was quick to point out the theory of organ recipients appearing to take on traits of the donors, perhaps the soul is cellular. Michael chuckled and stated "No, there is no real evidence, scientifically of this occurrence." Damn.
We discussed many other things, such as; does the mind heal the body? Do we shape reality? Michael was warm, well informed and a very good speaker. Can we heal ourselves without drugs? Well, you'll have to listen to find out.
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