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April 11, 2014

“Every now & then, rarely really, a technology suddenly & unexpectedly appears from out of left-field & leaves us wonder-struck & enchanted, because it transform the very fabric of our reality. Ideally, such technologies are simple, yet all the while endowed with futuristic-like sophistication & englightment. Preferably, they are deeply human-connected, transcending time, place & occasion. They may even seem invisible & unintelligible, but like the air we breathe & the water we drink, they may be vital, perhaps even a life-force, a quintessence.”

April 9, 2014

Friends often look at me quizzically when I tell them this. One says, “But I can feel myself wearing down.” And another: “Nothing works the way it used to. Isn’t that the definition of wearing out?” And again: “Do you mean it’s all in my head, it’s not really happening?” and then a moment later, “do you mean it doesn’t have to be this way?”

April 3, 2014

Feel free…

March 27, 2014

In a paper published late last year, a cautious and expert biochemist reports that none of the most popular “life extension supplement” mixes actually extend life span in mice.

March 18, 2014

Recent re-analysis suggests that Alzheimer’s Disease ought to be ranked with cancer and heart disease as one of the most important mortality risks for older Americans. Some of this risk is under our control.

March 14, 2014

Carnosine is a good supplement, with many studies offering indirect evidence for effects that ought to be beneficial. Carnosine reduces glycation (“AGE’s”) that gum up the cellular works. Best of all, carnosine is a telomerase promoter. But in practice, will it help us live longer?

March 4, 2014

In the future, radical life extension will emerge as a main topic of political discussion. I can easily envision a moment a decade from now when 10 or 20 percent of representative seats in a large country will be held by transhumanists.

February 17, 2014

Last month, these two world-class demographers published a cross-species study correlating fertility with the rate of aging, and they report results that are deeply at odds with the predictions of evolutionary theory.

February 10, 2014

This week, I report on three items from the biomedical literature:

1) Creating pluripotent stem cells may be much easier than we thought.

2) Direct evidence that cancer is not a function of a cell gone rogue, but rather a systemic disease, dependent on cellular environment and chemical context.

3) Nailing the coffin of the theory that aging comes from the accumulation of a lifetime of DNA damage.

February 3, 2014

Telomere biology has the potential to extend human life span, to dramatically lower rates of the great remaining killer diseases: heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. All three diseases increase exponentially with age, and their toll will be slashed as we we learn how to address the body’s aging clocks.

Ben Goertzel and Hugo de Garis
January 18th, 2011

Ben Goertzel converses with Hugo de Garis on his transhumanist argument for the reality of a Creator.

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