Columnist and author Stanley Bing discussed what advanced technology means to the future of humanity, and how the quest for immortality may not be far-fetched. He first became interested in the topic when he discovered that extremely wealthy people at technology companies were exploring various life extension methods. "The really ambitious ones are looking to do what's called personality transfer," he said, explaining that if you view the brain as a computer, its contents could be backed up and stored, then moved to a new receptacle for the consciousness. While this kind of "digital immortality" reads like science-fiction, Google scientist Ray Kurzweil is actually putting a lot of time and money into investigating it, Bing noted.
If these types of transfers became a reality, people could potentially live for hundreds, and hundreds of years, moving into new housings for their consciousness as they're developed. We're already starting to see the printing of some human organs, he cited, "and it's not too much of a leap in your mind to think that in 20 or 30 years from now they might be able to print a person." Ahead of this, he suggested, we may start to see humans merge with hardware (such as our phones), implanted possibly in the mastoid bone behind the ear.
Dr. Carol Osborne is an author and integrative veterinarian for twenty plus years. A pioneer in anti-aging medicine and longevity research for pets, she revealed the fantastic extrasensory and paranormal powers of animals. For dogs and cats, sensing the supernatural is natural, she remarked-- they don't judge it the same way that humans might. Pets, she detailed, can demonstrate precognition (such as knowing when their owner is about to return), clairvoyance (sensing when their owner could be in trouble) and telepathy (communications from deceased pets). Animals have a kind of "sixth sense"-- specialized sensory apparatus in the roof of their mouth that connects the exterior environment by glands, and this may account for some of their paranormal abilities, Osborne said.
They also demonstrate extraordinary sensory gifts-- some dogs and cats can detect cancer with a greater than 98% accuracy, she cited. A dog's sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than humans, and cats are particularly attuned to electromagnetic fields, Osborne reported. In an intriguing case from Rhode Island, a cat seems to know when a patient at a nursing facility is about to die, and curls up with them just before their passing. This may be because the body emits certain organic compounds through the breath as it nears death, and the cat can detect this, she explained.
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