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alreadypacked
21st November 2012, 11:19
If you knew how much time you had left would you do things differently?
It's a bit like would a lotto win change you. I am considering my next move now, if I think this could be my last decision I think I would change what I will do.


In an study published in the November 2012 issue of the Annals of Neurology scientists studying the body's biological clock (a.k.a. the circadian rhythm) report the discovery of gene variant that not only determines the likelihood of your being a morning person, but also predicts, with unsettling accuracy, your likely time of death.


Gene Predicts Time Of Death Down To Hour, Study Suggests (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/gene-predicts-death_n_2159918.html)

Mich the Tester
21st November 2012, 11:22
No thanks.

NickFitz
21st November 2012, 11:25
"So there is really a gene that predicts the time of day that you’ll die. Not the date, fortunately, but the time of day," said Saper.



Presumably it doesn't apply to things like falling off a ladder or being run over by a bus, either.

DimPrawn
21st November 2012, 11:32
What fantastic "research".

You will die a 2.37pm. Very useful, could be today or any day in the next 40 years.

BlasterBates
21st November 2012, 11:54
If you knew when you were going to die, you could:

1) Spend all your dosh rather than hoarding it.
2) Attend your own funeral, including the party say bye bye and then just retire to your coffin afterwards.

alreadypacked
21st November 2012, 12:19
If you knew when you were going to die, you could:

1) Spend all your dosh rather than hoarding it.
2) Attend your own funeral, including the party say bye bye and then just retire to your coffin afterwards.

I don't go to funeral.

cojak
21st November 2012, 12:27
If you knew how much time you had left would you do things differently?
It's a bit like would a lotto win change you. I am considering my next move now, if I think this could be my last decision I think I would change what I will do.



Gene Predicts Time Of Death Down To Hour, Study Suggests (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/gene-predicts-death_n_2159918.html)

I read a science fiction short story 30 years ago that posited this very theory. It stayed with me..

Once this discovery was launched as a business, the inventor had a young couple come to him as the wife was pregnant and they wanted to make plans for the baby/family in good time.

The inventor took the tests on the young couple there and then, read the results and then sadly said that the machine was malfunctioning, terribly sorry about that and 'we won't charge you for this test' and asked them to rearrange with the receptionist.

He didn't look out of the window when he heard the sound of the traffic accident 5 minutes later...

VectraMan
21st November 2012, 12:36
I read a science fiction short story 30 years ago that posited this very theory. It stayed with me..

Once this discovery was launched as a business, the inventor had a young couple come to him as the wife was pregnant and they wanted to make plans for the baby/family in good time.

The inventor took the tests on the young couple there and then, read the results and then sadly said that the machine was malfunctioning, terribly sorry about that and 'we won't charge you for this test' and asked them to rearrange with the receptionist.

He didn't look out of the window when he heard the sound of the traffic accident 5 minutes later...

But if he had warned them, could they have avoided the accident?

If it were possible, would others have access to this information? Imagine trying to get a mortgage, or a loan, and having to attach the result as proof you weren't about to die. You might not be able to go wild and enjoy yourself up to the last minute as banks and credit card companies wouldn't risk letting you have access to money.

Dallas
21st November 2012, 12:41
But if he had warned them, could they have avoided the accident?

If it were possible, would others have access to this information? Imagine trying to get a mortgage, or a loan, and having to attach the result as proof you weren't about to die. You might not be able to go wild and enjoy yourself up to the last minute as banks and credit card companies wouldn't risk letting you have access to money.

You could pre-sell your organs?

Alias
21st November 2012, 13:34
But if he had warned them, could they have avoided the accident?

Final Destination style? Death will be out to get them!

mudskipper
21st November 2012, 13:58
There's an app for that.

EternalOptimist
21st November 2012, 15:17
Slightly off topic
but it reminds me of the joke about the fat baldy middle aged man who was chatting up a young dolly bird.
He said he was a good catch because his dad was worth millions and was due to die any day due to a dodgy heart.
She married his dad




:rolleyes: