The Immortality Hypothesis
The Hypothetico-Deductive Foundation of DeMarco Rule of Life #7
It is probably safe to say that the vast majority of people desire to live a long and healthy life. Some may want to live a bit longer than others but in general they tend to agree on a reasonable life span range, perhaps 80–120 years. These are normal, everyday, average citizen of the world people. Then there are the few among us who desire more. They want to live for a very long time, maybe even forever. These tend to be very terrible people. In fact the greater their desire for long life/immortality the greater is their general terribleness as currently normal lifespan/mortal human beings. That is DeMarco rule of life #7. The immortality hypothesis (shown below) was developed to provide a logical and mathematical foundation for rule #7.
- Thanks to the NIH and NSF for the grants that funded this work. Thank you also to my current employer who was kind enough to grant me a six month sabbatical to complete my work on the hypothesis. I am told I was not much missed, and I am deeply hurt by that.