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Will the next 500 years be more boring than the first 100?

Does a world without aging become boring to death? Filled with immortals condemned to increasing boredom?

1. A growing flood of heterogeneous opportunities.
2. No need anyway, man does not work like that.
3. Experiences are valuable in themselves.

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#aging #boredom #immortality #longevity #LifeExtension

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The end of aging: a poisoned gift leading to overpopulation?

Fear so often mentioned during life extension debates, today will we be looking at the problem of overpopulation in a world without elderly people.

1. What is overpopulation?
2. Yes our numbers will grow.
3. Which won’t be a problem.
4. Ethics backs up our choice.

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#overpopulation #technology #longevity #anti-aging #immortality #lifeextension

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Aging is natural and so is the plague

Our series on aging now takes a look at the natural aspect of it, which is often used as justification to defend it's presence and particularly its preservation now that it seems all too probable that we will be able to get rid of it.

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#aging #lifeextension #nature

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Aging is no necessary evil!

On the one hand it’s a sure thing, aging leads to death. And for those of us listening who haven’t yet committed suicide, this is a problem. Unless aging presents for oneself some kind of an advantage greater even than knowing that one has no expiry date.

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#death, #aging, #lifeextension, #evolution, #lifespan

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Yes, death really is an evil to fight

We’re going to ask ourselves what death actually is, it’s not as straightforward as it seems, but more importantly whether we need to fear it and whether we should try to push back against it.

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#death, #aging, #lifeextension, #longevity

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Super-longevity - tomorrow's generations versus today's

It is often question, in economics, environmental or public health discussions, of putting the interests of hypothetical future generations ahead of our own should they be in conflict. We hear of fiscal responsibility to avoid saddling our grandchildren with debt, we are shamed into reducing our carbon emissions for fear of being branded a criminal generation by future historians, and we are even warned of forgoing the pursuit of radical life extension to leave room for new blood.

We have grown so used to this style of reasoning that it has become automatic, and seems applicable to all situations, instinctively. As much as the postponing of our misery onto future generations may legitimately be assimilated to a form of temporal slavery, forcing those who have chosen nothing to bear the costs of the past pleasures of a bygone master, this logic does have important limitations.

Firstly, we must not forget that this temporal arbitration may not exclusively favor the ones or the others. As much as it may be argued that parents are entirely responsible for the creation of their offspring, it is difficult to accept that they become their slaves of unlimited scope and duration. Consequently, whatever obligations may exist between a generation and the next are likewise limited. And it therefore seems absurd to ask of present generations this ultimate and permanent sacrifice that is death. And what is the refusal to apply our technology to the elimination of #aging if not a sentence of death.

Our second objection is just as serious. It is indeed possible to establish a direct causal link between ancestors and their descendants, but this link is nowhere to be found between those who have chosen not to reproduce and the offspring of others. At most it could considered some sort of tacit social choice; a link decidedly less convincing and less committing for those of whom we would ask to kindly make room for the grandchildren of others.

Although at Filiapolis we do not believe in an overpopulation problem even if we were to finally conquer this monster that has been terrorizing men since the dawn of time, it is not the subject of this post and our last objection will assume it as a valid concern. What should we do then when the survival of some demands the death of others? This usually thorny question is fortunately rather easy to answer in our context. Those who do not yet exist have no desires (not even to be born), no aspirations, no fears, no hopes and no plans. It would be resolutely and unnecessarily cruel to sacrifice those who do, and immensely preferable to partially renounce procreation if needed.

Join us, let us live unashamed !

#lifeextension #longevity

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Longevity, health and control of death - introduction

Human beings grow old, get sick, see themselves degrade everyday, ending in the cessation of all cerebral activity. This protracted process is often painful both physically and mentally. Worse still, man becomes aware of his tragic fate very early on when still able to enjoy all of his faculties. Human evolution unfortunately does not care about individuals and only concerns itself with the survival of genetic material. A human being whose genes have already passed on to the next generation is of no more evolutionary value and his fate no longer matters. Once reproduced and the survival of his progeny guaranteed, he may wither and die without consequence, if not positive, for the evolutionary process itself. Aging is therefore at best nature's negligence, and at worst a useful mechanism.

No matter, nature has no plan, no objectives and no feelings. It no more tries to kill us than save us. Life works this way because without conscious direction, it is the only path it can take. But we are human beings, shaped by chance, with our will to live and project ourselves into the future. This survival instinct so deeply embedded in each of us goes to head with our programmed doom.

So man rationalizes death, gives it a goal, a reason to be. For many death is but a passage into a new life, and therefore not really death at all. For others it is a natural end which allows us to appreciate our brief stay, a sort of necessary evil. In some cases it is even considered as a liberation from some future ill, such as a supposed weariness from life. A large number even proudly declare accepting mortality as an inherent part of themselves, rejecting the fountain of youth should it be discovered. Just like many other hypotheticals, it is easier said than done, and it is quite possible that many of them might eventually decide to drink from it when the day comes.

These rationalizations had their uses, allowing previous generations to live with an interior peace they might not otherwise have had. But they are useless, sad even, as we are getting so close to striking down the beast which for so long has terrorized some and rendered inconsolable others. So wanting to accept death, we have now forgotten to even try to fight it though the necessary weapons are now close at hand.

Even in those times of breathtaking technological prowess, our hygiene and lifestyle do more for our health and our #longevity than medical science. Progress is too slow, costs too much and generates too little enthusiasm for mass adoption. Luckily, things change and all is about to speed up. The principal causes of our degenerations have been identified as well as numerous strategies to contain and even reverse them. The experimental treatments and discoveries accumulate every year at an ever quickening pace. Multiple paths are now laid before us and it is now only a question of time and will.

Will. Therein lies the problem, and it is also where Filiapolis has its role to play. Our community, the members of which all share this rejection of unchosen death, will allow everyone to benefit from the experience, advices, research, and support from the group in the fields of life extension and disease eradication. What use is developing a pleasant and humane society if preparing for the extinction of its founding members.

But what do we have to say about the objections raised by those who want to die? We reject them categorically. Human beings are not able to emotionally project themselves into the far future. We are unable to know our future aspirations, the evolution of our personality and desires. Nobody can affirm wanting to see their existence end thirty years from now when not desiring it now, more so when the circumstances will be partly similar, that is to say provided physical age no longer changes. Life is not more enjoyable because it will end one day in the far out future. Deadlines are only real and motivating as they get close. Set in an uncertain way many years down the road, their power over us vanishes.

Overpopulation is another of these arguments without substance. The universe is rich and vast enough to harbor a human species having conquered its own mortality, even should a non negligible portion of it choose to keep reproducing, which seems unlikely. But even accepting those erroneous malthusian arguments, future generations do not exist yet and have no right, nor even the desire or need, to ask for the sacrifice of current ones. The hypothetical creation of a being cannot force the destruction of ones already in existence. Should there be a choice, it is procreation which must be sacrificed.

Lastly, negligible senescence does not imply the total absence of mortality. Accidents may still happen and suicide remains an option should life somehow lose all interest. Refusing to take control of one's mortality when the ability is here is committing delayed suicide, even as all is well. To accept #death when no alternative is possible is a wise attitude. Wishing for it to be outside our control is an error in judgment with potentially dramatic consequences. Those who do not want to commit suicide now ought to want to prevent their natural death. Refusing to do so is just as suicidal as refusing to eat when hungry or heal themselves when sick.

In the future, humanity will be able to individually choose to stop the aging process. This possibility is at the same time around the corner and inevitable. Even as some will do all they can to slow it down, and perhaps might go so far as to refuse to reap its benefits themselves, Filiapolis on the contrary is looking to be a fertile ground to accelerate research and make it benefit its members as quickly as possible.
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