Originally Posted by SonoranBob
Neither Angela nor I can change our age, gender, memories, mortality, and a host of other things that just are what they are.
At least two of your examples are wrong. I'll just discuss one of them - "memories" - and I won't even go into a discussion of esoteric mind methods.
Memories change all the time. Something happened to you last month. You have a certain memory of it today.
Next week, you'll forget some of the details. Or you'll mix the details up. In 5 years' time, you won't remember this incident. Or you'll confuse it with other similar incidents.
Someone who was right there with you at the time the event occurred may not even remember it the way you do. He may recall details you don't; you may recall details he doesn't).
Even if the memory is intact, your interpretation of it will have changed. For example, certain events occurred in your life when you were 18. When you were 20, you might view those memories as exciting memories. When you were 30, you might view those memories as stupid & childish. When you are 90, you might view them with great fondness and nostalgia.