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    If people don't die, gene pools change much more slowly, which means if environments shift, the species would be less adaptive.

    I'm betting someone else said that, but I'm not gonna read the replies.

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    Immortal beings lend nothing to the vigor of the species. Species level adaptation takes place with each generation. If immortal generations persist they have the potential to interfere with the success of later generations through interbreeding and competition. That being said, lifespan seems linked to size and metabolic rate. The higher the metabolism, the lower the lifespan. Things that live very slowly, age more slowly. And, there is research that radically lowering your food intake, which slows metabolism, increases lifespan.

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    Because the earth wouldn't hold everyone otherwise. But then again, surely we'd all die as a result of the overcrowding anyway, so that doesn't really answer your question... Hmm.

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    *Skips reading the posts for now and just comments*

    What adventure would life really be if there was no end? Death is the end of one grand adventure; the beginning of "exploration" into the "unknown." Would we really live if we didn't die?

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    Has something to do with cells loosing their ability to regenerate themselves with the same strengths they had previuosly. In a gerund kind of way. Then we also have environment, accidents, premeditations, suicide, ect. Those i believe are induced by ourselves. and so also could the 1st sentance due to diet. So givin we don't kill ourselves and each other it's definately cell weakening due to their natural genetic programs. Aw. Did we find a link to justify any connection between psychology and physics?
    everyone uses every function about evenly. take NE for example. if there are those who don't use it much, then why are there such massive amounts of people constantly flowing through Wallmart with 20 items or less?

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    I think the degernartion of molecules is one of the important factors. The loss of energy, but I am just specuating. There are process that fuel life, and when those process exhaust themselves , life cease to exist.
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    because, like any other object, we break down slowly over time. i forget what that is called. im sure there is some physics term i learned my first semester but i frankly dont care that much.

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    for some reason entropy comes to mind
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    It's something about how everytime the cells in your body copy themselves to make new ones(through mitosis) you lose a strand of DNA(not sure about this). Then after years and years of cell reproduction they run out, and thats when you naturally die.

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    I'm sure biology will someday come up with a solution to rejuvenate cells and make us biologically immortal (force trauma aside ofcourse.).

    But we better already be colonizing space if that happens. There is a limited amount of space on this planet!

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