Rational Longevity: life extension as a project for critical thinkers

Anne Corwin, technological progressive from California wrote a nice philosophical essay, called What Is Meant By “Rational Longevity”, in which she delineates the territory of the new buzzword referring to clear critical principles: “…aging is only one challenge sentient beings face; surely in the future there will be new and unanticipated threats to sustaining our lives, but for now, age-related death is an immediate concern for so many that corwinit can scarcely be ignored. Supporting longevity research is a way of addressing this concern, and this sort of support has nothing to do with blind faith. …Supporting longevity research is acknowledging that there is nothing special about aging that makes it any less solvable than any other complex engineering problem—it’s not a mystical force or a cosmic directive, it’s a biological process. And the means of counteracting this process won’t be mystical forces either—they’ll be the result of a lot of hard work and scientific inquiry. …It is essential that anyone who takes life extension seriously learn to read scientific literature and develop good critical thinking skills….There’s a big difference between believing something will happen because it makes you feel better to do so, and having a goal in mind, not knowing whether it’s possible or not, but being motivated to work to see if it is possible. Life extension science falls into the latter category for me. It isn’t a fantasy or a daydream or an existential palliative. It’s an experiment, and a project, and something well worth exploring. Whatever we can learn about anatomy and health represents data for the scientific memepool, which can translate to the potential for better lives for everyone, now and in the future. Link