[ExI] the big question

Robert Bradbury robert.bradbury at gmail.com
Sat May 17 18:35:51 UTC 2008

Sorry, minor typo.

On Sat, May 17, 2008 at 6:18 PM, Robert Bradbury <robert.bradbury at gmail.com>

> That potentially creates an entirely different set of problems which we
> have extremely  <<limited>> experience with (Most species on earth are
> defined by their ability to be noticed as potential mates.)

The point being that one normally has to crave reproductive opportunities
(which usually involve being noticed) in order to survive as a species.  So
it tends to be built into every genome (and any cultures derived from such

If species have an indefinite lifespan and no desire to be noticed and no
desire to reproduce then a lot of behavioral phenomena (within that culture)
shift significantly.  I know of no studies or books which explore this in
detail (or with academic rigor) [1].


1. Perhaps in part due to the fact that most writers have not envisioned a
culture where we live thousands of years and have no need to have children
to achieve "immortality".
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