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Some Brief Thoughts on the Death of LDS Church President Gordon Hinckley

LDS Church President Gordon Hinckley died today. Here's the Deseret News announcement, which contains some biographical information:


http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695247765,00.html


In some ways, for me, Hinckley has always been the leader of the LDS Church. Formally, of course, members of the Church recognize Christ as their leader, and I've been alive long enough to remember well three other LDS Church Presidents. But, as it turns out, Christ's leadership is more abstract, and the prior three LDS Church Presidents either did not impress my childhood mind so much, were in poorer health, or served a much shorter period of time than Hinckley.


I hope always to remember his expressions of optimism, in contrast to the doom and gloom that we too often hear from ecclesiastical leaders. Here is one of many examples:


"But in a larger sense this has been the best of all centuries. In the long history of the earth there has been nothing like it. The life expectancy of man has been extended by more than 25 years. Think of it. It is a miracle. The fruits of science have been manifest everywhere. By and large, we live longer, we live better. This is an age of greater understanding and knowledge. We live in a world of great diversity. As we learn more of one another, our appreciation grows. This has been an age of enlightenment. The miracles of modern medicine, of travel, of communication are almost beyond belief. All of this has opened new opportunities for us which we must grasp and use for the advancement of the Lord's work." (President Gordon Hinckley, General Conference, April 1999)


I'll miss Gordon Hinckley. Death has claimed another good one, at least temporarily, but there is reason to expect we'll come out conquerors. We work to that end.

Responding to Immortality Skeptics

I regularly read the blog of Wesley Smith, an intelligent and good-natured antagonist of Transhumanism. Today he wrote about the "futility of the immortality movement". Below are my thoughts in response.

That which is analogous to death will always be part of existence. With that I agree. However, skeptics really don't know whether it is futile or hopeless to pursue radical life extension. Although it may not interest them, there are many of us who would like to spend more time experiencing this world, our family and friends, and our future.

It surprises me that intelligent persons persist in claiming that life becomes more precious as it becomes shorter. If that is true, why do they not plan to kill themselves in a few minutes, so that they may relish in a far greater magnitude of precious shortness than that which contemporary biology and technology would provide otherwise? Obviously it is not the shortness of life that gives it meaning or value, but rather we give value to life, short or long.

I fully agree that matters of life, philosophy and faith are really important. Radical life extension is an important aspect of my philosophy and faith, whereas accepting death is not an aspect of my philosophy or faith. I am interested in getting the most out of the time I have, and I'm also interested in more time. I don't believe we have to choose between the two.

For some truths, faith is essential to their realization. There is as much truth to create as there is to discover. I anticipate that immortality is that sort of truth, and all the skeptics in the world cannot demonstrate otherwise.
Lincoln Cannon
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