Depends on the quality of those extra years.
Stay intact. I'm taking my boys to the grave.
Cut em off. Once I have kids I don't need em anyway!
I... CAN'T DECIDE!
Depends on the quality of those extra years.
To declare that a personal, inner experience gives certainty about the workings of the universe is to assign far too much value to one’s subjective sense of conviction.
I’m not that arrogant.
The brain, marvelous instrument though it is, isn’t infallible. It can misfire, seize or hallucinate, and it can do so in a way that’s utterly indistinguishable from reality to the person experiencing it.
My grandpa is 75, and judging by the current state of him I'd say he's still got another 10 years in him if not more. So I'm just going to bank on my genes and abstain from mutilating myself.
The pace of medical advances suggest we will be able to cure aging in 20 years. 30 years if we are truly unlucky. So the question is moot. I'll take neither and just stick with what I have now. We should be able to live incredibly long lives. Thousands of years. Even way longer.
But that's the truth about progress. True progress is about technological advancement. Not government. Obamacare won't solve our medical problems. It will be scientists who cure aging and make Obamacare a useless edifice.
The research regarding men and castration seems pretty sound.
Strangely, I understand that plenty of castrated men (as long as they were castrated in adulthood) are still perfectly capable of getting it up and having sex. I can't imagine their actual sex drive is all that, though.
I believe testosterone might have negative effects on the cardiovascular system and that might be the underlying factor in why castration seems to be healthy.
Nowadays if it actually does lengthen life you'd probably live to 100 or more, but it might not be a continued growth because the older you get, the more likely it is you'll die of something like cancer.
Also the people who got castrated generally worked for rich people/royalty in those days didn't they? So might have led better and healthier lives than the average person.
Unless it was a 100% guarantee, no. If it was guaranteed to add 20 years on my life...maybe. I'd have to think about it.
Not really. Their sample size was 81, out of a recorded population of 385. I'm not saying castration isn't a factor, just that the effect size seems suspicious. A decade+ longevity could very well be attributable to diet and lifestyle - eunuchs are a pretty unique group afterall. Simply comparing social status is harzardous. Or maybe shortlived eunuchsa didn't make it into the record, I don't know enough about Korea to say.The research regarding men and castration seems pretty sound.
Anyway, "However, there have been contradictory results regarding the existence of such a trade-off in humans."
I think many biblical characters lives more than 100 years, I would not trust Cracked, or other humorous websites with the fate of one part of my body-but then, I skimmed through those other two links and the thread.
I would not do it. I already engage on many activities that reduce my lifespan, and don't care much about their effects.
YOLO. Really, you only live once, and I don't see the point in living like this, I'll rather enjoy a short lifespan with my testicles than live a few more years having if they had been removed from adolescence. Not like it matters, even if I wanted to do this, I don't castration would have the same effect after adulthood is reached.
December 2nd 2013
Who wants to live to 100 anyway?
There aren't many people even near 100 that have a decent quality of life. I'd even rather die at 50 than forget my name and everyone i've ever known, need a stranger to dress me, sit in a wheel chair all day, be deaf and almost blind, sh!t my pants...
Doubt the quality of life that those extra years would have, not to mention I have no children yet so that's a big fat "stay the hell away from my balls".
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If it would work the same with ovaries, sure. I'd like to have 1 or 2 children first though. My biggest fear is looking older though.. living for 50+ years, looking like a granny, scary
I already have a kid, and I would get them cut off if my quality of life was ok when I was older. I would hate to be blind, or unable to game, or take a crap by myself etc etc.. If my QOL was bad I would not.
However I am sure they could make something a sort of drug to make you live longer anyway. Supress the effects of having balls or something. There are other ways to live longer than cutting your nuts off and those ways also give you a better QOL when you are older in most cases. I.e Veggi Diet and fasting.
If I don't have my nuts, what would I dip on the faces of my defeated foes? No thanks, if I can't taunt my enemies I may as well be dead.