Do you really want to live forever, forever young?
While this isn’t so much news, it is interesting. As a way to “live forever” one might hope to create something that goes on forever. Sadly, that is unlikely to ever happen.
First, it is unlikely to happen because the vast majority of us are normal people. While Darwin might be remembered, Sarah Wedgewood (his and his wife’s grandma — ewwww!) isn’t. The vast majority of us are people like Sarah, not like Darwin. We go about our ordinary lives doing ordinary things, and won’t be remembered beyond a few years past our deaths.
Secondly, Darwin himself isn’t so much remembered as the truth he discovered is. I mean, I have no idea whether he like port or sherry with with dinner. Could he skip rocks? What did his favorite pajamas look like?
The details that make up his life are forgotten, only his discovery remains. And of this, it’s only an accident he was the guy who discovered it! If Darwinism is true, then some other guy before or after him might just as easily discovered it. The truth never remains hidden to all but one person. If it is the truth, it lies open for all to discover eventually. The fact his name is attached to the idea is entirely coincidental.
Lastly, at some point everything will cease to exist. Most scientists accept that all we build with our hands or minds will die in the heat death of the universe, as all potential energy runs out. Without an afterlife, does it really matter if my ideas stay around 2 years or 2 billion years? Either way, all I have put my hands to will cease. It is a false hope to think one might live forever in this material world, even in ideas. It is far better to face the fact that death will come for all we do and all we are.