Sara over at Healthbolt has a freaky but interesting post about the possibility of dramatic increases in human lifespan in the future. She includes quite a few amusing hypothetical scenarios around this possibility. But here's the wild part: it may be happening sooner than we think.
According to a scientist quoted in this article from the The Anti-Aging Library, "the first person to live to be 1,000 years old is certainly alive today; indeed, he or she may be about to turn 60." The Cambridge University geneticist predicted: "barring accidents and suicide, most people now 40 years or younger can expect to live for centuries.” (His name is Aubrey de Grey, a name that sounds like it's already been around for centuries, doesn't it? Like some character in an Anne Rice novel? So maybe this guy Knows Something We Don't).
The article contains lots of controversial ideas, but here's the interesting part: these folks are not obvious nutballs. They don't all agree on what may happen or how it may transpire or whether it's even possible. But many of them are serious researchers from prestigious universities, some of whom are getting very real funding for anti-aging research. They study things like the “grim reaper” and “fountain of youth” genes.
On the other hand, there's a whole other movement opposed to anti-aging research. An alliance of "bio-conservatives" doesn't think we should be messing around with expanding lifespans, citing moral and ethical grounds.
Here's the part of the post where Crabby is supposed to chime in and say, "Oh, but I wouldn't want to live a thousand years, even if they could halt or reverse the aging process so I felt fine. I think it's selfish to want to live so long!"
Only you know what? Um... Crabby actually thinks she might want to, as long as there were companionable people to hang out with and beautiful forests to hike through and great works of music and art and literature... and cupcakes. Hopefully there will still be cupcakes in the 2900's or all bets are off.
So what do you folks think about all this?