Immortalist Fictions and Strategies
Rose (Michael R.)
Source: More & Vita-More - The Transhumanist Reader, Part IV - Chapter 19
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Editors’ Abstract1

  1. Evolutionary biologist and gerontologist Michael Rose argues in this new essay that biological aging is not inevitable. Rose outlines a new immortality strategy, based on his work in gerontology and evolutionary biology.
  2. Many transhumanists2 avoid the term "immortality," but Rose has a specific, grounded meaning in mind.
  3. First, he surveys how people now usually envision how biological immortality will be achieved. As revealed in fiction, the common view is that a simple technological fix will stop aging completely. This view is shared, says Rose, by molecular and cell biologists who imagine one or a few fundamental aging processes.
  4. He contrasts this view with his own "penicillin-like idea" about biological immortality, based on an evolutionary genetic view of aging.
  5. Rose concludes with some practical advice to stop aging earlier (including a paleolithic-based diet for people over 30 or 40), cautious supplementation and avoidance of most prescription drugs and, when available, taking advantage of methods for repair at the level of cultured tissues and other macroscopic structures.
  6. Rose's perspective is one of several competing views of aging tracked by transhumanists3.

In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: Taken from "More (Max) & Vita-More (Natasha) - Transhumanism: Core Technologies - Introduction".

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