Quora – life extension

Quora – If you are a promoter or pursuer of radical life extension, what steps are you currently taking against your own senescence?

Doing whatever it takes to stay alive.

Vegan diet.
High dose vitamin C.
B12 supplements.
Multimineral and vitamin supplement.

In 1974 as I completed undergraduate biochemistry studies, I thought about life from the perspective of cells.
If you think about cells having a perspective on life (which they don’t because while amazingly complex, they are not complex enough to have models of model of reality and declarative awareness in language within that – but it is a useful perspective), then each cell alive today would consider itself to be the first cell.

Every cell has of course divided many billions of times since that first cell, but each time it was the other one that went some other path through existence.

Thus from the perspective of any individual cell, indefinite life extension must be the default, they are all some 4 billion years old from there own perspective; even if the cells of my body have only been in this particular cooperative relationship that is me for some 64 years. Thus it became clear to me that once we had determined the genome sequence, then developed sufficiently detailed models at the molecular level, we would be able to work out how to extend lifespans indefinitely. That much was beyond all reasonable doubt to me 44 years ago.

Technology has in fact progressed to the point that I expect answers to those questions to be generally available well within the normal expected lifespan of this body.

The really difficult questions lie beyond that.

Given the exponential change that is happening, scientifically, technologically, philosophically, culturally, intellectually; what are the non-biological threats to indefinite life extension and how to we develop effective risk mitigation strategies that maximise reasonable degrees of individual freedom?

What sets of social, political and technical institutions are required to achieve that?

Those is the questions are what have been forefront in my mind for over 40 years.

That has demanded of me that I examine sets of assumptions that not many look at.

As much of that as I have been able to make reasonable attempts at communicating over the last decade or so are collected at:
Ted Howard NZ’s Blog (https://tedhowardnz.wordpress.com/)

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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