Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Cure for Human Aging

I found some interesting articles on the search for physical immortality.

A scientist working on the development of "a cure for human aging" is Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D.

"Dr. Grey ... has identified what he concludes are the seven areas of the aging process that need to be addressed medically before this can be done. He has been interviewed in recent years in many news sources, including CBS 60 Minutes, BBC, the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, and Popular Science. His main activities at present are as chairman and chief science officer of the Methuselah Foundation and editor-in-chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research."

Ray Kurwell, author, scientist and futurist, contributes to the science of Immortality: Ray Kurzweil Aims to Live Forever by Jay Lindsay of Associated Press

"The famed inventor and computer scientist is serious about his health because if it fails him he might not live long enough to see humanity achieve immortality, a seismic development he predicts in his new book is no more than 20 years away.

It's a blink of an eye in history, but long enough for the 56-year-old Kurzweil to pay close heed to his fitness. He urges others to do the same in "Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever.''

Dr. Grey contributed to this article: Hang in There: The 25-Year Wait for Immortality by Ker Than of LiveScience.

"It's not really a matter of living forever, it's just a matter of not wanting to die. One doesn't live forever all in one go, one lives forever one year at a time. It's just a case of "Well, life seems to be fun, and I don't see any prospect of it ceasing to be fun unless I get frail and miserable and start declining." So if I can avoid declining, I'll stay with it really."

Dr. Grey also contributed to this article: Toward Immortality: The Social Burden of Longer Lives by Ker Than of LiveScience

"Adam and Eve lost it, alchemists tried to brew it and, if you believe the legends, Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon was searching for it when he discovered Florida.

To live forever while preserving health and retaining the semblance and vigor of youth is one of humanity's oldest and most elusive goals.

Now, after countless false starts and disappointments, some scientists say we could finally be close to achieving lifetimes that are, if not endless, at least several decades longer."

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