What If? The Movie – Clip 3

Kenneth-L.-Cavanaugh.jpgNow this time I’m really having spasms. Clip 3 of a series of 4 clips promoting the new movie What If? The Movie has been released this morning, and in it, Kenneth L. Cavanaugh, a scientist, is talking about arresting the aging process.

I mean, my spasms are due to amazement that this quality movie is talking so openly about something that I’m rather interested in (and is perhaps generally considered a bit “whacky”).

If you would like to see my posts about the first 2 clips, they are here: What If? The Movie and What If? The Movie – Clip 2. The fourth and last promotional clip will be out in a couple of days, I imagine.

Here is Clip 3…

Kenneth is talking about how there have been many stories of people living for hundreds of years. I’ve heard of these too, but have not discussed them on this blog because I can’t personally verify them, and also because, to me, addressing whether we actually want to live for a very long time is the most pertinent thing.

If people think dying takes them to a better place, they won’t want to stay in their bodies. So on this blog I address ideas such as how we are “with God” right now, while alive (as much as we are when we are dead), and how we are responsible for creating our own heaven here in the physical realm.

So what do you think? Are you interested in hearing what scientists say about arresting the aging process?

11 thoughts on “What If? The Movie – Clip 3

  1. Vered - MomGrind

    Still skeptic… but I do think this is a fascinating discussion. I agree that people need to decide if they WANT to live for so long. Many people will tell you they don’t, or that they do provided they’ll stay young or provided everyone else lives for so long (in which case, what about overpopulation??)

  2. Davina

    Hi Robin. How perfect for your blog. I like the idea of living longer, but I wonder how much of that is because I fear the unknown of what comes after that? Hmmm. I would like to increase the quality of my life and health though. I’ll be back for Clip 4.

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  3. Barbara Swafford - Blogging Without A Blog

    Hi Robin – Fascinating topic and right in line with what you’ve always said.

    I’m sure many people would love to arrest the aging process and live longer, but I certainly wouldn’t want to live well into my hundreds unless I had good health – both mentally and physically. Also, I don’t know how I would feel seeing our children and/or grandchildren die if they didn’t “get it”. I’m thinking it could be lonely. No?

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  4. Robin

    @Jenny – yes – and I enjoy dropping over to your blog to see what you have said. You have a much deeper knowledge of the people who are speaking than I do.
    @Vered – we do want to stay with our loved ones, don’t we? As for overpopulation, it’s a big universe out there isn’t it? I mean, if we are powerful enough to overcome aging and death, might we not develop other handy skills, that might be needed for finding somewhere to live/explore?
    @Davina – maybe living eternally is the big unkown? And death just a temporary escape? Just a thought.
    @Barbara – to me, the ideas of longevity etc. are all about staying with our loved ones, and not being separated by death. My outlook is that if a significant number of people make the switch to immortality, then everyone will “get it”, and we’ll just all go on with our business without it being a big deal.

  5. Dot

    Great post, Robin! And I haven’t even had a chance to watch the clips yet. (I can’t watch them at work.) “…many stories of people living for hundreds of years.” This fascinates me.

    “…If people think dying takes them to a better place, they won’t want to stay in their bodies.” I’ve been trying to make this point with people for a long time. When the pains I have get unbearable, I think of dying as finally getting out of pain. So I wondered why everyone thinks suicide is such an awful thing. I suppose because they don’t want to lose the person from their lives. And doctors — you can’t even raise the subject with them. They’re so single-mindedly focused on keeping people alive.

    If there’s something better after death, I’d be curious to see it, rather than stick around here. My therapist says I talk about death as if it were travel. That’s kind of how I see it, but I can only hope. Not much evidence here on earth of what it’s like. I’m too scared that I’m wrong, so I do want to live as long as possible provided I’m not too sick to enjoy it.

    “… if a significant number of people make the switch to immortality, then everyone will “get it”, and we’ll just all go on with our business without it ” Or the opposiite — psychics have been saying that in the not-too-distant future, the earth itself will transition to the “next level,” along with everyone on it, in which case, we’ll all be together in the next world. Scary thought, though.

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  6. Tom Volkar / Delightful Work

    Fascinating yes indeed. I remember being bummed out a few years ago when asked in a workshop to intuit the year of our death. I came up with 79. I know it wasn’t a very popular workshop. 🙂 My point is that I’ve totally rejected that as the my death age now. I’m wide open to the possibilities of a hundred and beyond. Not because I fear death but because I truly want to experience more this time around.

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  7. Cath Lawson

    Hi Robin – like you, I believe God (or whatever we chose to call him/it) is within us and all around us. And as you say, it’s perfectly possible to create our own heaven on earth.

    But as you say, folk probably feel they’re going to a better place if they die – some special sort of heaven in the sky. And I guess, as they get older, they get frail and tired and believe they’re going to get a better deal on the other side.

    Three years before my grandfather died, he confessed to me that he was sick of living. He was just tired – he’d had a fall and injured himself, so he couldn’t work anymore. He was way past retiring age, but if your work keeps you feeling alive, you want to keep doing it.

    Now it would be interesting if we believed we could heal ourselves when we get older and we didn’t have to accept getting tired and frail. I guess if people believed they could live forever, they would.

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  8. Robin

    @Dot – I’m so sorry, Dot, that you have unbearable pain, at times. If you haven’t done so already, you might like to check out Jenny Mannion’s site Heal Pain Naturally. Or talk to her in person – I think she is more or less in your part of the world. My take on “death as an escape” is that we actually can’t escape from ourselves – we will want to heal ourselves sooner or later and dying is just putting it off (we’ll recreate all the same old things when we reincarnate). I think you have a point about the Maharishi University (I don’t know anything about it), but I understand there are lots of scientists from all over the place working on longevity.
    @Bruce – Hi there Bruce and welcome! I couldn’t find the discussion at Ted.com – but it’s good to know it’s happening! Let me know when you publish anything on this topic!
    @Tom – Hark it’s Tom! I don’t think I would like that workshop, either! And it is interesting, I think, that most people aren’t interested in doing that – they somehow know inside it’s a silly thing to do (my take on it, anyway). It’s about being open to possibilities, isn’t it?!
    @Cath – yes I think you come right to the point – we need to believe we can heal ourselves of illness and frailty before we would be interested in a very long lifespan.

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