November 26, 2014 at 8:39PM

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What if we were virtually immortal?

I'm writing a script in which a scientist finds a way to stop the deterioration of the human body. People remain indefinitely young becoming virtually immortal. Sure, we could still die in many ways, but not by age.
What do you think would happen to society if this happens? I need your thoughts and speculations to push my story. Thank you for your feedback.

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For one, being immortal in the way you put it would increase over population which in turn causes famine, diseases, inflation, homelessness, possibly even wars. Doesn't necessarily sound very cheerful, but I think those could be some of the consequences... For individuals living forever could be a lot of fun, but not for society. Hope this helps you :)

December 16, 2014 at 11:10AM

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I don't know that most people would feel the need to reproduce. ..What would be the evolutionary point? Interesting topic!

Dave Esposito

December 18, 2014 at 6:47AM

Thank you Jan, your comment is very helpful. What about religions, governments and other powerful groups?
Does anyone else want to comment?

December 17, 2014 at 1:11PM, Edited December 17, 1:11PM

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I remember reading somewhere the suggestion that people who become immortal would become tremendously apathetic. With the certainty that you could always get around to doing something, any sense of urgency would disappear.

It occurs to me that marriage between immortals would probably become a term-limited joining, rather than "'til death do us part".

Society would probably have to confront issues of euthanasia. Perhaps there would even be pressure to commit suicide after a certain age, to avoid the problems Jan mentioned.

December 17, 2014 at 11:19PM

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Minor Mogul
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Apathetic, euthanasia... very good inputs, Minor. Thank you.

Rafael Bermudez

December 18, 2014 at 4:05PM

Laws would be lenient, indirectly encouraging killings. There would be a raise in promiscuous problems. Not everyone enjoys it, like (spoiler) Tom Hanks in Green Mile. Extremely well developed cities. By the way, what is genre and who are the target audience? this could help develop the plot. Thanks

December 18, 2014 at 8:56PM

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Anand Kamal
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I think people would become extremely cautious, actually. Why take a plane and risk dying when you wait a few centuries for something safer? I think child births would be considered immoral and would drop, though probably not enough to help.

July 1, 2015 at 4:14PM

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