Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Someone you know, may live to 150

I have blogged on this topic before, and by Aubrey De Gray.  
Aubrey David Nicholas Jasper de Grey (born 20 April 1963) is an English author and theoretician in the field of gerontology, and the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation. He is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research, author of The Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging (1999) and co-author of Ending Aging (2007). - Wikipedia

He has said that the first person to reach age 150 may have already been born, according to one British scientist, as reported by Huffington Post in this video.
And the first person to live to be 1,000 years old could be born in the next 20 years, said Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist and chief scientist of the longevity research foundation Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence, which is based in California.
"I'd say we have a 50/50 chance of bringing aging under what I'd call a decisive level of medical control within the next 25 years or so," de Grey told Reuters.
The video asks, "Who wants to live to 1,000?" 
Me. But it would be weird, don't you think, to know your Great Great Grandchildren and for them to know you, and to know your Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandchildren. The numbers of your family would get so large you won't even be able to know them all. Few families would be able to afford family gatherings, you cold potentially end up dating someone you are related to and who's progenitors were descendants of your offspring. 
Spring Winter Romances?
How weird would that be? 
But beyond that kind of oddities, think of what you could accomplish. This could change religion. It would have to change our philosophies and how we deal with our lives. We could potentially set ourselves up to have good lives as it now takes most of many people's lives to make the kind of money that they can enjoy retirement to travel or have luxury in life. That would mean more chances for philosophy to advance, for philanthropic pursuits for volunteer efforts.

University degrees could be greater, individuals could have more degrees, their learning could be more in depth. Human knowledge would advance exponentially.
This could lead to further advancements in gerontology and people could extend that 1,000 year life span to an indefinite lifespan. 
We could be seeing the dawn of the golden age of Humankind.
Now there, is something to be hopeful for.

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