Are You Ready for Immortality?
Important truths about growing older - Issue #79
Biomedical gerontologist Aubry de Grey believes that the first person who will live to be 150 is most likely already alive today. He also believes that we may reach a point of “escape velocity” with longevity research.
If you can hang in there, you may live long enough to achieve immortality.
“Once we get to the first generation of therapies that will, for example, give us an extra 20 or 30 years of healthy life, then that will be beyond this escape velocity transition, such that we will not have much trouble progressing the science faster than time is passing. So, the practical upshot will be that we live indefinitely.” — Aubrey de Grey
Some of this increased longevity is due to improvements in medical treatments to reverse the damage. Some of it will be due to preventative intervention to stave off cellular degeneration before too much damage accumulates to be irreversible.
However, an essential part of it is due to a greater understanding of the impact of lifestyle decisions. Many of…