The BBC is talking about immortality again. This time, springboarding off Maria Esther de Capovilla’s death. The obligatory poll asks, “Would you want to live to 1,000?”. Currently “yes” is at about 45% and “no” is at 55%. I think we can take this as saying that most people above middle age have resigned themselves to death, while most people below haven’t (of course there are exceptions on both sides). Here’s a clip from the article:
And it’s the stuff of fairytales. Various mythical stories tell of a Fountain of Youth, a mystical spring that grants eternal vitality to all who drink from it.
These are pipe dreams. For most of us getting older, frailer and eventually popping our clogs are simple facts of life.
Now, however, there is a growing band of scientists and philosophers who truly believe that biological boundaries can be pushed back, allowing humans to live to 200, 300, 1,000 and maybe even longer.
Calling themselves “transhumanists”, they argue that it is time humans broke free of their “biological chains”.
Pipe dreams to the …