Posted: Sat, August 10, 2013 | By: Indefinite Life Extension
A new PewResearch Survey on Radical life extension has come out and is making massive headlines on life extension! Americans are generally split 50/50 on attitudes to life extension through medical treatments. In an apparent case of “the grass is greener on the other side”, most people would personally not want life extension, but believe that most other people would. Perhaps the desire not to seem selfish or vain plays a role in people’s hesitancy to accept life extension.
Not surprising, this massive spurt of public discussion on life extension is a great chance for religious dialogue:
Black and Hispanic surveyees were more likely (46%) to support life extension than white surveyees (36%). 54% of Black Protestants approved of life extension, while only 31% of white catholics did. Rev. Marcus Gibsons thinks this is because ““‘There is something in our historical fiber that might make us want this, after having been denied so much for hundreds of years,’” with Rev. Charles Brown agreeing ““‘We have gone from a sense of impossibility in the 20th century to one of possibility in the 21st, and I think we want as much chance as we can to participate in these new possibilities.’”