Posted: Thu, June 13, 2013 | By: Anti-Aging / Supplements
I’ve been listening to transhumanists & immortalists banter about research & development & strategies in the Anti-Aging field for a while now…
Today, I’m going to assert Four of my Opinions - they might be regarded as argumentative, or contrary, or flat-out wrong, and that’s fine with me.
But I’m pretty sure I am Correct, and I generally people who disagree with me as either fuzzy-headed or naive or misinformed or clueless, etc. If you do disagree, please put your rebuttal comments below.
#1 - IMMORTALITY DOESN"T NEED GOVERNMENT FUNDING. I have a lot of dear friends in Longevity Parties and Longevity Alliances and other “lobby groups” and indeed, I am the co-founder of the USA Longevity Party… but really… I don’t think Immortalists should depend on governments to fund anti-aging research, and I think years and lifetimes spent pressuring governments to do this… is largely a waste of energy. People should quit devoting so much time asking the Nanny State to Help Us Live Forever.
The truth is, most knuckle-headed governments, like the USA, are very busy spending their time and our money on foreign wars and spying on their own citizens. Governments don’t allocate a lot of money to anti-aging research, and why should they? They probably regard the desire for anti-aging medicines as something consumers need to demonstrate, which they haven’t yet. This brings me to my next point, it’s very banal and obvious, which is: IMMORTALITY WILL BE ATTAINED VIA BUYER DEMAND. When the public starts overwhelmingly opening up their wallets for anti-aging elixirs… research and improved products will follow.
#2 - YOU ARE NOT DOING ALL YOU CAN FOR RADICAL LIFE EXTENSION. This irritating opinion of mine follows #1. Because, due to Immortality being Market-Driven, the fat Christian housewife in Iowa who spends $300 a month on anti-aging products is serving the longevity cause more effectively than the transhumanist-atheist who just rants on Facebook all day long about how stupid Deathists are, but he never opens his wallet for any anti-aging medication or research, or anything. He thinks he’s helping immortalism, but his opinions aren’t backed up with cash. He’s just hot air.
Additionally, many people in the Immortalist-Transhumanist world don’t look like they sincerely are Against Aging, because they eat crap and don’t exercise and don’t meditate and are blithely deteriorating right on schedule. What Immortalism & Transhumanism need are superfit superold heros, and there are many, like Fauja Singh, the 100-year-old Sikh marathon runner. He’s a sincere Superlongevity example that Immortalists and Transhumanists need to try to keep up with. Immortalists should be organizing marathons and endurance races and celebrating superfitness, but they’re generally not. Sure, Max More looks great, but do you look like him? No? I don’t either.
#3 - FUTURE ANTI-AGING MEDICINE MIGHT BE COMPOSED OF VERY ANCIENT HERBS. This is a boring idea for everyone who just can’t wait for nanobot-medicine and stem cells and bioengineering, etc., but the advantage is - herbal supplements have an excellent chance of being affordable and they link up with numerous traditions. For example, there’s a Chinese root called Astragalus that’s used in TA-65, and there’s 28 very familiar-sounding substances (like green tea and grape seed extract) in Dr. Bill Andrew’s Product B.
No, it’s not futuristic, but in reality, these herbs have already been aiding human health for thousands of years and we’re learning how to extract only the desirable molecules. Pharmaceuticals have had huge success in the past and they will continue to be successful. If people start buying and swallowing anti-aging pills in the same quantities that Viagra is consumed, research and improved products will be available. We just have to demonstrate with our wallets that we want to live forever, as much as we want to get a good boner.
#4 - BIOHACKERS CAN MAKE IMMORTALITY AFFORDABLE FOR EVERYONE. “Grinders” like Rich Lee say “patents are our blueprints” and they claim they can build medical tech equipment and provide medical services for 1-10% of the legal cost. IMO, biohackers and the Quantified Self crowd are the under-recognized “doers” and “makers” of transhumanism and immortalism. Operating as outlaws, ignoring stifling copyright laws, and taking personal risks, the biohack DIY crowd knows how to get equipment cheap and are willing to perform very complicated surgeries that would cost a fortune in a hospital. Support the Biohackers! Someday, very likely, we will all need their black market, cut-rate services.
Do you disagree with me? Please leave your comments below.