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Living Forever

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 Hear what Neil had to say at the conclusion of the episode "Can We Live Forever?"

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I HAVE BEEN A NOVA FAN FOR YEARS, I LIKE THE NEWER FORMAT. IT'S NOT AS DRY AND CLINICAL, BUT ACTUALLY THE OPPOSITE NOW. FOR THE BIT OF HUMOR, AND THE MORE INFORMATIVE, AND DEEPER TOPICS, IT DRAWS ME IN EVEN MORE. IT'S NO LONGER CLASSROOM, IT MORE OPEN FORUM, ALMOST LIKE CHATTING WITH A FRIEND, THAT IS JUST AS EXCITED, FOR HE JUST LEARNED, AND WANT'S TO SHARE WITH YOU. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. JUST A THOUGHT, IT IS HARD TO GET ANY INFO ON TESLA, OR ON BROWNS GAS. IN THIS TIME OF UNCERTAINTY, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN FUEL AND POWER SAVINGS.

AS FOR "LIVING FOREVER", I MYSELF AM DUE FOR A LIVER TRANSPLANT. BUT ONLY LIMITED QUANTITY'S ARE AVAILABLE, AND THOSE IN NEED, ARE ON A LONG LIST. I MYSELF, WOULD OFFER TO BE A TEST SUBJECT. FOR I'M RAPIDLY BEING PUSHED UP THE LIST, DUE TO MY FAILURE, IS FROM YEARS OF UNINFORMED USE, OF TOXIC CHEMICALS, AND NOT FROM DRINKING HEAVILY. I WAS NEVER INFORMED OF MSDS SHEETS TILL ABOUT 10 YEAR'S AGO. I FEEL GUILTY, FOR NOT HAVING TO WAIT AS LONG, FOR IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE. BUT DUE TO MY LEVELS, MY LIFE EXPECTANCY IS QUITE SHORT. I'M JUST TRYING TO FIND OUT, IS THERE A LIST I CAN GET ON, SO I DON'T TAKE A LIVER FORM SOMEONE IN WAIT. I STILL HAVE A LOT OF KNOWLEDGE TO SHARE, SO I'M WILLING TO TAKE A GAMBLE, FOR I BELIEVE THE RISK IS NOT AS HIGH. AND MY PARTICIPATION, COULD SPEED UP THE PROCESS, AND SAVE MORE LIVES.

Excellent product and very educational. Nova should make lot more programs like these.

I had the same question. My husband thinks it's the Dick Dale theme from Space Mountain, but I'm not convinced.

My wife and I love these documentaries and enjoy Tyson's delivery style. However, we've identified 6 stylistic elements which are killing this genre:

1) Shaky-cam
2) Extreme jump shots
3) Loud "background" audio which competes with narration.
4) Overly melodramatic audio
5) Unnecessary audio and video effects
6) Voice-of-Doom narration

Does it bother you too? I could go into detail but why bother. You know it when you see/hear it. Maybe you've adjusted to it but you'll notice that more recent documentaries (and shockumentaries) have really amped-up these stylistic elements. It's exhausting to watch some of these programs. Mind you, I'm not commenting on the quality of the science content, just the effort it takes to extract it from a typical program.

Jason Leigh's avatar project is fascinating, but perhaps what most interests me is what the project fails to highlight- the amazing nature of thoughts and ideas in that they are often malleable, and always changing. One of the remarkable things about beliefs, ideas, and even memories is that we are constantly replaying them, analyzing them, and experiencing new things that shape our thoughts about our experiences, and ourselves, continually- imagine an old man in the far future talking with his 30 year-old avatar self.

Speaking to a digital Carl Sagan or Jack Kerouac programmed with their entire body of works, taught to reply in their characteristic ways, would be a fun and educational tool- you could program an endless amount of information into an avatar- but in the end, I think, the very definition of wisdom must be that which comes down through the process of trying on beliefs, analyzing and living with memories, knowledge (and mysteries).

Thank you and NOVA SO much for continuing this show! I haven't seen it since 2009, and when I saw it scroll by on the program guide channel tonight, I got so excited. "Nova scienceNOW?! Heck yeah, I'm watching that!"

Nova Science Now inspired me to go back to college. I'm now earning a degree in biology. Thank you for this wonderful program!

The segment with the ear on the mouse's back was simply disgusting.

It might have been more palatable had there been an explanation as to exactly WHY and HOW this was done.

Instead, it seems to have been included merely for shock value.

Well, it worked.

I was schocked and disgusted.

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Every show I've seen with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has been superbly rewarding, sometimes jaw-dropping, and always compelling. The Living Forever program did not disappoint. I was, as always, eager to share the information with others. And thanks for making episodes available online. I had just told a friend how Dr. deGrasse Tyson is wonderfully adept at making scientific theories and findings so accessible. Then I read the comment below posted by charles which seems to be a bit harsh. Because Nova Science Now is a precious resource, an essential, welcome refuge from bachelorette angst, rude repartee sitcoms, vulgar tirades passed off as comic banter, and other mindless crap-TV that routinely insults or numbs viewers. I say that Nova is genuine Must-See TV. Kudos to all for making Nova ScienceNow THE ultimate reality show!

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Great episode. Some of the ideas remind me of the futurist Ray K. I was not aware you could watch full episodes online. I love Nova Science Now and Neil! Thank you PBS for offering episodes online.

I have loved Nova Science Now for years and find it refreshing how Dr. deGrasse Tyson is so skilled at making the complexities of science user friendly. Personally, I don't want to live forever - even if scientists do find a method for repairing brain damage. Multiple Sclerosis is an auto immune disease that unless diagnosed early cannot be effectively treated.
I am thrilled that doctors are learning the benefits of cooling and how effective a treatment it can be. I have even seen new clips about freezing fat cells to destroy them. What a boon for the female half of the population; now if it could just be affordable . . . as a society becomes more food secure, obesity becomes more prevalent.

Dear Colin,

Thanks for your note. While we don’t yet know the repeat broadcast schedule for the shows currently airing, they can all be viewed online. So please direct your friends to our website! For instance, the "Can We Live Forever" show is here:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/can-we-live-forever.html

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This was a ver6y interesting program. When I tell friends
about it...their FIRST comment...When will it show again so THEY TOO can see such exciting technology...Waiting to hear
from you...Thanks

Retired Physicist (still learning at age 82)

There are two realms, that of people and that of science. I model them as a circle and human issues are inside the circle and science is outside the circle, nature. I find your style of program, which seeks to drag science inside the circle to make it "popular" to be a waste of time. It dilutes the science and distorts it until it's is meaningless. I like science so I just get angry to see the crap you have called science. TYVM.

I thought you might include cryonics as another method of preserving the body until advanced nanomedicine allows repair of the cause of death.

Great job! I'll watch every show... more than once!

Was his comment about space exploration punctuated for a reason? We as a nation need to invest more into space programs and NASA like endeavors. Excellent as always.

Hello:

Enjoyed the program on living forever. At the end I think you could have suggested body modifications to allow us to function under water at great pressures. Deep water aquatic capabilities would unlock lot more of our planet for human use. That may not be a good thing, but it is worth consideration. Keep up the good work.

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We all want to live forever, but do we deserve to? Are you simply a consumer of resources? Then why should your life be prolonged? Too many people cling to lives that are unexamined and thus not worth living.

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Sorry. I meant to say "hypothermic" as well I was in the induced comma for 14 days,. I was only hypothermic till they restarted my heart which was a few hours.

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I just watched this episode of NOVA and of course it was very educational and excellently inspiring. But I wanted to say about the last part of the episode, pertaining to the freezing of heart attack victims. Last year at the age of 22, I suffered from sudden cardiac arrest from an unknown Wolf-Parkinson White which is common heart condition. I was brought to Jacksonville hospital's icu. They induced a hyperthermic comma in order to save brain and organ function. I was in an induced hyperthermic comma for almost 14 days. I awoke to my family and friends with no idea what had even happened. But this technique saved my life and I am forever grateful for the doctors and the treatment they prescribed. I am a biology major at Valdosta state university in south georgia and soon will be graduating and marrying the love of my life. All this is possible because of the science I study and truly love. So I just want to say thanks PBS for getting the word out and making knowledge and science easily acceptable. keep it up.

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Great show and very interesting!! Please, please help me with a bit of trivia...I need to know the name of the instrumental piece being played during the jellyfish animation 32 minutes in.

forgetting newtons law actually gods law, for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. this show had me in awe,and i have shared this experience with several others, to open there minds, and know whats out there, not to be ignorant.

Fantastic show and info, wish I had had Neil for a teacher!

Always enjoy Neil Tysons' presentations and love him with Jon Stewart!