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A number of plants also seem to have no age limit with some of the oldest examples found, such as the "Pando" clonal colony of quaking aspen in Utah, reaching tens of thousands of years old.
The view that you can achieve a form of immortality through your genes being passed on to your children and through them, others. Downsides are you yourself will likely be forgotten after four or five generations and your descendents will quickly be as similar to you as you are to anybody else.
Make people remember your name (if not you yourself) forever through, good or bad, things such as The military, political works, Terrorist acts, artistic triumphs, etc. This can quickly fall into "The person they are remembering is barely a shadow of what they actually were". Woody Allen had this to say, "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying."
People who claimed to be immortal
- Leonard Jones (June 4, 1924–June 23, 1998)
- Count of St. Germain (born circa. 1691/1712–died 27 February 1784)
- Discover magazine: "Based on evidence such as the resemblance of some aspen clone leaves to fossilized ones, Burton Barnes of the University of Michigan has suggested that aspen clones in the western United States may reach the age of a million years or more. In principle, clones may even be essentially immortal, dying only from disease or the deterioration of the environment rather than from some internal clock."