Man says that we will all live to be 1000

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  1. terry78

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    By Joel Garreau
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, October 31, 2007; Page C01

    Aubrey de Grey may be wrong but, evidence suggests, he's not nuts. This is a no small assertion. De Grey argues that some people alive today will live in a robust and youthful fashion for 1,000 years.

    In 2005, an authoritative publication offered $20,000 to any molecular biologist who could demonstrate that de Grey's plan for treating aging as a disease -- and curing it -- was "so wrong that it was unworthy of learned debate."









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    Now mere mortals -- who may wish to be significantly less mortal -- can judge whether de Grey's proposals are "science or fantasy," as the magazine put it. De Grey's much-awaited "Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime" has just been published.

    The judges were formidable for that MIT Technology Review challenge prize. They included Rodney Brooks, then director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Nathan Myhrvold, former chief technology officer of Microsoft; and J. Craig Venter, who shares credit for first sequencing the human genome.

    In the end, they decided no scientist had succeeded in blowing de Grey out of the water. "At issue is the conflict between the scientific process and the ambiguous status of ideas that have not yet been subjected to that process," Myhrvold wrote for the judges.

    Well yes, that. Plus the question that has tantalized humans forever. What if the only certainty is taxes?

    * * *

    Dodging death has long been a dream.

    Our earliest recorded legend is that of Gilgamesh, who finds and loses the secret of immortality.

    The Greek goddess Eos prevails on Zeus to allow her human lover Tithonus to live eternally, forgetting, unfortunately, to ask that he also not become aged and frail. He winds up such a dried husk she turns him into a grasshopper.

    In "It Ain't Necessarily So," Ira Gershwin writes:

    Methus'lah lived nine hundred years
     
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    I wouldn't want to live that long, il do my 70-80 more years, that is if i live to see them.
     
  3. Mee

    Mee 2 E's are better than 1

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    Pfft, once you hit 800, it's all downhill from there. :down
     
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    I would live forever if I could, without aging past 22
     
  5. Mike_D202

    Mike_D202 Green Lantern's roommate

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    I dont get it...whats his plan?
     
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    lordofthenerds Not a Goddamn Side-Kick

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    Downhere Jeremiah 33:3

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    Maybe it's like The 6th Day, where they clone you and implant your memory to the clone so it's like they *energizer commercial* keep on going, and going, and going...
     
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    Not to me :hyper:
     

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