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Jan 17, 2015

The Show Notes

The Curse of OAK ISLAND (yawn)
Local Press Non-Coverage
PFA & SGU Worlds collide
Jay’s Text and explaining it to my past self
Rupert McClannahan’s Indestructible Bastard
     - Violet Jessop
Happy Birthday, Donna!
     - Ms.Information LIVE from 21812
Religious Moron of the Week
     - Pastor Ray Chavez
Ask George
     - Mom’s health advice? from Maria
     - Guitar? from Mike and Todd
     - Sleep and Mortality? from Steve
Elements Concert (stream?)
Skeptical Extravaganza LIVE at NECSS
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Just so you know, you're not the only podcast to talk about Oak Island in recent months. Check out Futility Closet's take on it from last October.

almost nine years ago

Steve - the one who asked about mortality - if you're reading this...

I was bothered by the same thing for a while. Maybe I'm ok with it now simply because time has passed and I became desensitized the more I thought about it. (Time numbs all pains.) There's interesting things to consider, like how, even if you could live forever, you'd have to find a new planet to live on once our sun dies, and who knows if travel to such a distant place is even possible (because of fuel, food, etc). And even if you kept hopping from planet to planet, eventually the universe would get cold, or re-condense and blow up, or all matter will be sucked into black holes or something, and it seems unlikely we could stop that. :) But I know all that still doesn't take away the fact that at some point, you won't be able to do any more of the infinite list of things you want to do. Maybe you can study biology and figure out how to make yourself immortal. But keep in mind that a major in biology is, of course, much harder and less interesting than reading biology/medical articles. Some things you might keep in mind:

- At least you're not a cat or dog. They have much shorter lives.

- If you lived forever, who knows if you could stay sane forever with all the religious morons or other annoyances. And you'd have to work forever.

- Every time a cell divides, the telomeres (in DNA) shorten, which is kind of how we age. If they don't shorten, they keep dividing, but that's very similar to cancer. There may not be any point in between.

- You may not get to do everything on your list (which sucks, I agree), but you can prioritize so you at least do the most important stuff.

- If you could live forever, there'd probably be a cost, maybe a large cost. Maybe it would be more and more expensive to keep going, or your skin would sag more and more (how could it maintain elasticity?)

And you can do lots of things to help you live longer - exercise, be healthy, listen to or watch comedy so you laugh a lot, etc. If all else fails, wait for desensitization. Or study biology. I really hope that helps!