Michigan apples fall from the tree across from my home, breaking open, rotting, their pungent smell invigorating. Bacteria is life, healing power abounds, in the trees, the ground, the plants, the sun; where else?
But I wonder, is our future — a future of living extremely long, maybe forever — only possible in an entirely different form? Beyond all that embraces the physical.
Read this short story from the new testament of the Bible (highlights added):
The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked (Jesus), saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.
So much to dare unpack.
Resurrection is real — should you believe.
In heaven — following resurrection, that is, becoming alive again, differently alive, alive forever — there is no marriage. Because men are not men, women are not women. Instead, humans, so-called, are now angels of God.
How do we become spirits?
In our contemporary visions of (man-made) eternal life, we rid ourselves of our body, either all at once, through digitalization of our consciousness, for example, or we first slowly rid ourselves of segments of our body, bit by bit, replacing limbs with bionics, replacing nerves with electronics, eventually leveling up to some entirely different form.
There’s more to that passage.
In discussing resurrection, Jesus notes once again that God is not the God of the dead but God of the living — God of those in heaven.
Are we not (yet) alive?
Is this physical/mortal existence non-living? It feels real.
Must we deconstruct our selves, literally, to become fully alive, to achieve immortality?
That’s the path I suspect.
The Bible is a makers guide.
This continues to be proven out.
We do not know how the realities which the Bible declares may be made true, but we nonetheless work towards attaining them, either by want of our being, circumstance, or divine intervention.
Example: carrying two of every living animal on nothing more than a very large ark. This is outside the bounds of belief.
Until we made it so.
University of Colorado Boulder researchers and collaborating institutions have been awarded $2.9 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a comprehensive digital archive of over 1.7 million plant specimens native to the southern Rocky Mountain region.
Specimens from areas of the 10-state region of the Southern Rocky Mountains and High Plains will be located, imaged, entered into a central database and georeferenced.
Taking the digital record of every living creature on an ark certainly now seems possible.
It’s always a matter of faith — or disbelief — until we make it real.
I believe God wants us to make it real.
I also believe our time is nearing.
We are, in fits, fouls, fantasies and failures, accelerating the changes in our bodies and our world necessary to bring us closer to a godly realm. Beyond the physical. Yes, it’s been a long, deadly slog, but I suspect we are now nearing an endpoint.
Anatomically modern humans have been around for roughly two hundred thousand years. For most of that time, we lived as hunter-gatherers. Then, about twelve thousand years ago, came what is generally agreed to be the definitive before-and-after moment in our ascent to planetary dominance: the Neolithic Revolution. This was our adoption of, to use Scott’s word, a “package” of agricultural innovations, notably the domestication of animals such as the cow and the pig, and the transition from hunting and gathering to planting and cultivating crops. The most important of these crops have been the cereals—wheat, barley, rice, and maize—that remain the staples of humanity’s diet. Cereals allowed population growth and the birth of cities, and, hence, the development of states and the rise of complex societies.
From hunter-gatherer, which was nearly the totality of our human existence, to agricultural, lasting about 12,000 years, to industrial, a thousand years, to computing, a hundred years, to what’s next; each epoch coming faster.
It took us nearly 200,000 years to get to agriculture, nearly 12,000 years to get to industrial, then computing, and now we are set to commence a new phase, the phase where we radically alter our bodies. Next step, we leave the physical realm.
There is no other choice.
Nanoscale thermal physics guarantees our decline, no matter how many diseases we cure.
To conquer aging — death — we must escape the biological, or course, and we must escape this physical realm.
For now, the slog continues.
Stay alive until it happens!
In our desperate, glorious, and entirely necessary quest to add a few extra years to our mortal existence, we take supplements. One such anti-aging supplement is resveratrol. In my anti-aging supplement rankings, resveratrol scores a 1 (of 5) on life extension potential, the same as Vitamin D and green tea, for example. However, I have now lowered its “evidence” score from a 3 to a 2 because additional new data casts some doubt on this supplement’s age-reversing benefits.
From a recent small study:
Preclinical evidence suggests that resveratrol (RSV) has beneficial metabolic and anti-inflammatory effects that could have therapeutic implications.
RSV treatment did not lower circulating levels of hs-CRP, interleukin 6, or soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor in plasma, and inflammatory gene expression in adipose and muscle tissues also remained unchanged. RSV treatment had no effect on blood pressure, body composition, and lipid deposition in the liver or striated muscle. RSV treatment had no beneficial effect on glucose or lipid metabolism.
But we must continue to seek to extend our lives, in this form, until we can jump to that higher level. Some good news on this front:
Cells constantly divide, a process that allows us to grow and heal, but as we age, some cells stop dividing and become “senescent.” These cells also emit toxins that contribute to a number of health conditions such as cancer, dementia, and arthritis. The older we are, the more of these senescent cells we accumulate. Enter senolytic drugs.
According to the research, published online in Nature Medicine, these drugs supported healthy aging in mice and prevented bone loss. Considering that clearing senescent cells improves cardiovascular function and reduces frailty and other issues, this treatment could have important implications for treating not only osteoporosis, but other age-related problems.
Also, here are 50 ways to increase your testosterone. As long as you live in the physical, you should live in it fully.