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Funny how no one understands my point that you can’t test the effectiveness of “indefinite life extension” therapies any faster than the rate at which humans happen to live. The results showing you can live, say, 200 years in good physical and cognitive shape can’t arrive any faster than in 200 years or so.

By Mark Plus on Feb 05, 2013 at 7:42am

How did you come to the conclusion that working to gain more support to continue to move forward to see if we can’t make these things happen, says or implies that we know that the potential solutions to indefinite life extension will definitely all be effective all of the time?

By Eric Schulke on Feb 05, 2013 at 12:51pm

Not necessarily, Mark.  As we get better at understanding the mechanics of aging, we should be able to measure how well a treatment is working without actually waiting 150 years. 

Demonstrating that a treatment is “better then nothing” at slowing the effects of aging is even easier; double-bind study, group of 80 year old people, half get the drug and half get a placebo, and after 6 months compare morbidity rates, cognitive function, ect.  (Or, as some anti-aging treatments become standard on the market, you can compare “90 year olds on treatment A with 90 years olds on treatment A and treatment B”, for example.)

Granted none of that is proof that you’ll live to be 200, but you should be able to prove that the specific anti-aging treatment will extend your life.

By Yosarian on Feb 08, 2013 at 3:38pm

Also, not merely the length of life, but also the quality of life can be extended. If you eat a really good diet, you might not live more than a decade or two longer than you would on a McDiet—but you may v. well feel better.
One sure way to get others interested in life extension is deceitful but permissible: reverse psychology. Tell others you are into life extension but want to keep what you have learned to yourself and—human nature being reactive—they are almost guaranteed to be more interested in life extension than they were before.

Volunteering at soup kitchens I noticed that though the overwhelming majority of clients are uneducated, many are extremely bright—or at least some have photographic/near-photographic memories. They know as much about sports stats as a doctor knows about medicine. Leads one to thinking that if street people could be made interested in life extension, those memories might do them good (but if they are homeless, it might not do them all that much good!: there’s a distinction to be kept in mind between living and existing).

By Alan Brooks on Feb 15, 2013 at 7:58pm

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