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Aubrey de Grey on CNN (Video)

Aubrey de Grey and Dan Buettner are interviewed by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on "how to live longer". H/t humanplus blog.

Interesting insights from Buettner. The common denominators of long-lived populations worldwide include 1) plant-based diets (go veg for moral and health reasons!), 2) they live in environments where they are forced into physical activity, and 3) they eat beans, nuts, and sometimes tofu (on Okinawa). He says that the current longevity ceiling, if we do everything perfectly, is about 90, and that for most people, who would otherwise live to around 80 or less, "ten good years" are "on the table".

Dan Buettner and Dr. Sanjay Gupta both show that they actually understand regenerative medicine to an extent and Gupta remarks on the evolutionary pressures that tend to lead to the body being designed primarily to reproduce, raise children, and afterward go downhill.

Congrats Aubrey! Such a high-profile interview, and of course you nailed it.

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  1. I didn’t cringe once listening to this! That’s impressive, considering how hard it is to convey the longevity message (or any transhumanist message) to a general crowd without sounding crazy or deviant.

    I’m impressed.

  2. Part of the reason, in my view, for the lack of cringeworthy moments, is that Gupta doesn’t treat the topic as a sideshow. This is the first mainstream news piece I’ve seen that has treated this subject as medicine, as opposed to a curiosity.

    It’s an important milestone and I’d like to buy Sanjay Gupta a drink for it. Cool guy. Can you imagine if he had been Surgeon General?

  3. Gupta definitely regained some of my respect with this excellent interview. I’ve been very suspicious of him since his poor fact check on Michael Moore’s documentary “Sicko”.

    I’m also very impressed by Aubrey de Grey. He’s really good at presenting his ideas (which, by the way, I think are highly interesting).


    Here’s a video posted by Michael on his Vimeo page. It’s Aubrey at the Singularity Summit 09.

    Thanks Mr. Anissimov!
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