treos said:
no...he can be killed and has come very close to dying a lot of times. in fact, i think i remember a dalek shooting him at some point which killed him and resulted in his hand (the one he kept in that jar or whatever it was) regenerating into a sort of human/time lord hybrid.

and he doesn't actually have eternal life either as that one episode with him defending the town of Christmas showed him having aged into quite the elderly old man before those at galifrey granted him more regenerations.

so the doctor is definitely a mortal. just one with a potentially extremely long life span (assuming nothing kills him before old age triggers the next regeneration).

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In one of the episodes they visit The Doctor’s tomb. He might live for a long time, but he does die.

Immortal as in he cannot die from old age. his eventual death will be from being killed, which is a form of death nobody can stop.
Yes, without regenerations he did grow old, but what do you expect? That's the source of his immortality.

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I suffer from occasional sleep paralysis. It's only bad whenever I'm in a deep state of it while dreaming. Red eyes floating, goblins, gargoyles, and all kinds of stuff mess with me sometimes. One night I "awoke" and a swarm of black birds came through the window and circulated in the ceiling.

The most frightening thing about it is, you're lying there helpless while all these things are occurring. You're asleep, but awake at the same time. And generally the things that attack, or taunt you, are still there when you fully awake.

does sleep paralysis only cause scary hallucinations?
no hot muscular anthro wolves with enormous cocks?
might be scary to some people, of course


Furrin_Gok said:
Immortal as in he cannot die from old age. his eventual death will be from being killed, which is a form of death nobody can stop.

Yes, without regenerations he did grow old, but what do you expect? That's the source of his immortality.

you really want to believe he'll live forever, don't you?

unless something is immune to the effects of aging (which the doctor, long lived as he is, isn't), immune to physical and non-physical damage, and immune to disease, it is not truly immortal as it can still be killed in some way. and if something can be killed then it can't really be considered eternal or immortal as that would go against the very idea of immortality which is eternal life.


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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longevity_escape_velocity

You seem to be implying that genetic alteration, mind uploading, or some other method that reduces the individual's resemblance to homo sapiens will be required. Maybe it will, maybe it won't. The point is that once your normal life or healthspan has been extended for 20 years, that's another 20 years of technological and medical development. There may be multiple achievable paths to the same goal.

The chance of death can be lowered. Widespread adoption of driverless cars could cut a major source of accidental death down to a small fraction. I have seen an estimate around 15-20% but there is no way to be sure until it happens.

EMTs are beginning to trial on-scene cryotherapy to lower the body/brain temperature of patients. This could greatly improve the chances of surviving an accident, shooting, heart attack, stroke, etc.

Nerve stimulation has partially revived a man who suffered traumatic brain injury in a car accident and fell into a vegetative state. There is also the possibility of using stem cells to reverse clinical brain death.

So you can see that the boundaries of "death" are being pushed ever further. It could be that people we presume to be dead are just not being treated the right way. "Die" of a deadly poison? Put them on ice, remove the substance, and then restart their brain.

Even without all these fancy developments, there are people living to around 120 without dying of a car accident, mass shooting, meteor strike, or slipping and falling.

Adult neurogenesis already happens to some extent even without talking about injecting stem cells into your brain. Your body's cells get replaced over time. You are already a living Ship of Theseus.

Human memory is generally fleeting and unreliable. You are at least a slightly different person than you were a few months ago. Your memories of events from years past are hazy and change each time you recall them. The Ship of Theseus has sailed. It doesn't matter now and it either won't matter later, or you won't have a choice but to sail even further.

Not completely. There are some areas in the brain, including the parts that are more oriented towards consciousness including the cerebral cortex, which will usually not be replaceable by the body at all. Most brain cells aren't replaced the way most cells in the body are.


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Not completely. There are some areas in the brain, including the parts that are more oriented towards consciousness including the cerebral cortex, which will usually not be replaceable by the body at all. Most brain cells aren't replaced the way most cells in the body are.

If that is so, then use stem cells or nanobots to rejuvenate or replace the cells.


On a basic level? Things like dying from something that could have easily been prevented had anyone checked in on me. I like having time to myself, but I'm acutely aware of how my me-time habits might come back to bite me in the ass.

I'm also pretty terrified of the idea of being trapped in my own body. Being a vegetable, or losing my higher faculties. The zombie apocalypse would be my nightmare, especially considering I'm also a fucking hypochondriac.

Also, I'm pretty scared of nuclear holocaust for someone who likes the post-apocalyptic genre as much as I do.

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here's something scary to think about. zoom in and look at the eyes in each of these pics.

who are these people and where are these locations reflected in the eyes? setting aside the uncanny valley aspect of some of this artists work, this is both creepy and frightening to think about.

this one is a very good example of what i'm talking about. the pic looks fine from a distance and has a blank white background but zoom in and look at the eyes. where is this room and who are those people standing there? VERY creepy and somewhat frightening.

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treos said:
here's something scary to think about. zoom in and look at the eyes in each of these pics.

who are these people and where are these locations reflected in the eyes? setting aside the uncanny valley aspect of some of this artists work, this is both creepy and frightening to think about.

this one is a very good example of what i'm talking about. the pic looks fine from a distance and has a blank white background but zoom in and look at the eyes. where is this room and who are those people standing there? VERY creepy and somewhat frightening.

Eye reflections, eh?

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Eye reflections, eh?

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the worst are those 3d models with the messed up eyes. some of those look downright disturbing with the eye reflections though i've been told before that that's more of a lighting issue.


I don't think I can pick one superlative fear. I probably haven't yet been exposed to or considered something that induces abject fear. Experiences from childhood are outdated and unreliable, so those are discarded and forgotten.

I suppose one good one is knowing that something or somewhere could get you hurt or killed while also knowing you're utterly unprepared to ensure your safety should developing events threaten harm. Then, afterward, I'd ask myself if I did the right thing or could have done better but very likely be unable to answer. I suppose that's fearing my own mortality specifically because I don't have survival training or experience worth a damn and I don't know if my survival instincts are any good.

Taking the question differently, from "strongest fear" to "fear experienced the most", that should be watching my father age and wondering almost daily if his health is holding or if he's getting worse. Will he end up being someone with a degenerative brain disease who loses themself? (Now, go back a paragraph and amplify fivefold the gnawing fear arising from unpreparedness.)

So far, he has below average hearing (whereas mine is acute), arthritis, and most importantly he struggles to answer most questions in a timely and sufficient manner if he manages to answer at all. He suffered a heart attack about 15 years ago, underwent a bypass, and I was told (not by a doctor) his heart was stopped during the surgery for longer than ideal. A year ago he developed a hacking cough that persisted for about six months and went away before he could be seen and diagnosed by a specialist. He had a basal cell carcinoma removed from his neck a month ago, which had been visible for maybe a year, and he never told me he finally got it diagnosed until I saw one morning he had a bandage on his neck from the surgery and asked. He doesn't tell me anything unless I ask, and I have to pry each answer out of him because his answers are poor and paint incoherent pictures unless I work at it. I doubt he's more forthcoming to doctors.

Those fears might be the only part of me that is "normal" and "where it's supposed to be".


I dropped a thumbtack while putting a new banner on my wall, and I've yet to find it, or have it embed itself into my slippers. I'm worried I'm gunna get up to pee at night and have that fucker stab me right in the base of the sole.

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ThatFantasticBastard said:
I dropped a thumbtack while putting a new banner on my wall, and I've yet to find it, or have it embed itself into my slippers. I'm worried I'm gunna get up to pee at night and have that fucker stab me right in the base of the sole.

Yeah, that's the worst. I once stepped on a sewing needle and it embedded itself about 1cm into my bare heel. Ow!


I hate needles, blood tests, those scare the hell out of me. "Don't worry, it won't hurt, just a scratch." Don't believe it!

Edit, depression too, it can strike at any time.

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rhyolite said:
I hate needles, blood tests, those scare the hell out of me. "Don't worry, it won't hurt, just a scratch." Don't believe it!

Oh fuck, syringes. They're not lying when they say it doesn't hurt much but it's not the pain I find nerve-racking. It's the fear of moving while it's in there and causing more damage. What's worse is when fear starts to get the better of me and I start shaking and the needle's in the body part that starts shaking.