Tuesday, October 25, 2005

This Stuff always Comes too Late for Me to Benefit

The Chronicle: 10/28/2005: The Man Who Would Murder Death

The 42-year-old English biogerontologist [Aubrey de Grey] has made his name by claiming that some people alive right now could live for 1,000 years or longer. Maybe much longer. Growing old is not, in his view, an inevitable consequence of the human condition; rather, it is the result of accumulated damage at the cellular and molecular levels that medical advances will soon be able to prevent — or even reverse — allowing people to go on living pretty much indefinitely. We'll still have to worry about angry bears and falling pianos, but aging, the biggest killer of all, will cease to be a threat. Death, as we know it, will die.

2 comments:

  1. This IS wonderful news, but there are an awful lot of falling pianos out there, so what good will it do us?

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  2. Great. Now I can spend 950 years as an old fart.

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