Immortalism and Life Extension
I will live forever, or die trying.
One of the most important tasks of Transhumanism is the pursuit of Life Extension and eventual immortality, since aging and death represents are two of the most immediate hinders for total self-transformation and personal freedom. Overcoming death is also a social and psychological problem, since most of human culture is based on the assumption of the eventual death of every person. A final argument for the pursuit of Life Extension and Cryonics is that many of the visions of Transhumanism will probably not be possible within our (unaugumented) lifetimes.
Life Extension is directed towards finding ways of slowing and halting aging, and possible repair of age-induced damage. The goal is to extend the active, healthy years, not just to add more time to be old. There may be limitations to this approach which cryonics and uploading seek to circumvent. Cryonic suspension is based on the possibility that people who are cryonically preserved today may be possible to revive in some (distant) future. See the cryonics page for more information. Uploading (see the uploading page for more information) seeks to escape from the biological body altogether.
Will for immortality
node in Principia Cybernetica.
on Tap by Time Evans (XO Magazine).
Life Extension Foundation's Seven-Part Research Plan To Enable Us To Love
In Good Health For Centuries by Saul Kent. An overview of the Research
Plan of the Life Extension Foundation.
Lifestyle and Implications
Ageless Thinking: Creating a Positive Transhuman
Attitude by Natasha V. More. How to maintain a youthful state of mind
and body, and avoid ageist stereotypes.
There is no shortage of suggested methods of increasing lifespan and slowing aging. At present there exist some treatments that show promise in the lab (such as telomerase or genetic modifications) but are not yet useful for humans, some which appear to promote health but whose long term anti-aging effects remain to be seen (hormone supplementation and caloric restriction) and many treatments (such as antioxidants) of uncertain usefulness.
Life Extension Manual
by Jerry Emanuelson
Mysteries of Aging Become Less Puzzling to Scholars Experiments on animals
may provide keys to human longevity by Kim A. McDonald (Chronicle
of Higher Education).
FAQ Calorie Restriction is so far the most successful method in al
animal experiments, and it appears very likely that it has significant
effects in humans.
Telomerases. About one possible regulator
of cell aging.
Supplements and Hormones
DHEA Home Page. About
dehydroepiandrosterone, a substance that might have positive biological
effects. Somewhat wild theories, it will be interesting to see how well
they work out.
Advances in Recombinant Human Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy in Adults at the MGH Neuroendocrine Clinical Center & Pituitary Tumor Center.
Growth Hormone Prove to be the First 'Anti-Aging' Medication? by Edward
Effects of Human Growth Hormone in Men over 60 Years Old by Daniel Rudman et al. (The New England Journal of Medicine Volume 323 July 5, 1990 Number 1).
A study of growth hormone release in man after oral administration of amino acids by A. Isidori, A. Lo Monaco, and M. Cappa. (Curr. Med Res. Opin., (1981), 7, 475.) How amino acid intake can affect growth hormone release
Melatonin Central. All about melatonin.
Pondering Evolution by William Markiewicz (The Vagabond #9). Points out the importance of creative experiences to limit ageing; while I disagree with the article about the existence of a built-in defense against ageing, I agree with it that creativity and "high" experiences can slow it.
Immortality Stomp by Leslie Fish. Humorous song about life extension.
Immortality Inc., Duane Hewitt's
Anti-Aging Page. Contains links and articles.
Roy Walford, The 120-Year Diet, 1986
Leonard Hayflick, Robert N. Butler, How and Why We Age Ballantine Books 1996.
Ben Bova, Immortality: How Science Is Extending Your Lifespan, and Changing the World Avon 1998.
Damien Broderick, The Last Mortal Generation New Holland/Struik 2000
Anders Sandberg / firstname.lastname@example.org 2000-03-11