I started this blog using bits and pieces of my philosophy MA thesis dealing with the philosophical consequences of healthy lifespan extension technologies. And then turned this blog into a mainly scientific and technological exploration dealing mainly with the potential tools enabling healthy lifespan extension. I’m now back in the domain of philosophy and finally… Continue reading Open Lifespan book blog: the philosophy of indefinite healthy living
Let me delineate one answer to the post title question, quick Sure, but only if we know what types of aging we are talking about. My original, more boring but less sensational post title elaborates on this: Counteracting biological aging and neutralising chronological ageism should go hand in hand. (For the record, am not a… Continue reading Fighting aging and fighting ageism: two sides of the same coin?
Introduction In ‘Agency, Life Extension, and the Meaning of Life‘, professional philosopher Lisa Bortolotti argues that the so-called agency objection against a loosely defined life extension technology should be rejected. Briefly put, the agency objection argues that one important component of the meaningfulness of human life is being constrained as an agent and since ‘life extension’… Continue reading Continuous lifespan extension as a coherent life plan enables super-agency
Warning: this post is only ~30% complete, the rest will be added in case of further interest from you. Hope I can incorporate comments from other humans to give a much better formulation. I am making myself intentionally vulnerable here wanting to engage in a conversation. Imagine the following: you are living potentially not up… Continue reading Robust lifespan extension & ecological awareness: can an exponentially extended human life be a hyperobject?
In this new post series I utilise my philosophical training and formulate, collect and re-phrase arguments around what is aging and what is not. Since aging is conceptualised with the help or in the context of other heavyweight, loaded and complex concepts like health, disease, biomarkers, and last (but also first) time, those concepts will… Continue reading Aging, health, disease: more than philosophical arguments
How do you interpret the following situation: we have a life extension technologist whose all endeavors is about pushing this issue to its very limits and making things possible but on the other hand this very life extensionist himself is not driven by actually living as long as he can. It seems that SENS theorist… Continue reading Are life extensionists mainly driven by a desire to actually live a long time?
In No kidding, I am a cum laude philosopher, and so can you! it turned out that finally I got a philosophy diploma. That said, from now on I am officially qualified to think on the big questions of life. For instance, I can find out new arguments and concepts and I can answer (or… Continue reading “What is the meaning of life?” for a life extensionist
My mom’s acquired this diploma 3 weeks ago back in Budapest and it has an English translation so I can share it with you:
Freeman Dyson, old school physics hero conceptualized his rather philosophical thoughts on future biotechnology in a visionary essay in The New York Review of Books, Volume 54, Number 12 · July 19, 2007. What is surprising to me that according to Dyson “our biotech future” is centered around genetic engineering only, and there is not… Continue reading The domesticated biotech future according to Freeman Dyson
In recent culture, technological life extension is considered to be a form of hacking, as 2Dolphins says a “hacker is someone who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations — someone who makes things work beyond perceived limits through unconventional means or skills.” In hacking there is also a DIY element too.… Continue reading Life extension: body hack and/or life hack?
Upon a discussion with Anna 1 month ago, the question arised whether life extension might be interpreted as a green idea. She offered, that if people have the opportunity to extend their life significantly, paralell with this situation they find themselves in a more or less environmentalist position. Now back 2 steps: the question of… Continue reading Extension of life in green
With this paragraph on blogging Merlin Mann of 43 Folders hit the nail on my head: “Remember that your blog is only incidentally a publishing system or a public website. At its heart, your blog represents the evolving expression of your most passionately held ideas. It’s a conversation you’re holding up with the world and… Continue reading The philosophical problems of life extension in post partitions
A question today for every maximum or indefinite life extensionist: Are you a 100% lifelong life-extensionist? Can you imagine that for thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of years you are equally committed to continue your life in your present physical make-up with the help of a more and more perfect life extension technology?… Continue reading Are you surely a lifelong life-extensionist?
Critical thinking is crucial to every successful scientific and technological project. In order to consider any attempt to the extension of life in details,we have to take a look at the other side of the coin. So in the future I try to blogterview some experts, scholars, philosophers, activists, …who are opposing some concrete points… Continue reading Questions to contra life extensionists: rational pitfalls
Nick Bostrom is an analytic philosopher by profession in Oxford, but he has a strong background in science too. He is also the co-founder and current chair of the World Transhumanist Association. 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? I did not think much about the topic until I learned about various… Continue reading Life extension interviews: Nick Bostrom and the philosopher’s point of view
In the last philosophical-political section of Pimm I tried to delineate how to protect the right for partial immortalization when the costs of the treatment are extremely high. After it turned out that on the grounds of equal dignity it is hard to make the treatment impossible for those, who can afford it, the second… Continue reading Can partial immortalization be permissible to those who can buy it?
Now we have the introduction into the basic language of rights, duties and moral persons, and set the 3 hypothetic cost stages of the continuous regeneration treatment called pimm. The probable course of introducing pimm treatment into the real world is this: first the costs will be very high, then moderately expensive, eventually cheap enough… Continue reading How to protect the right for pimm when the costs are extremely high?
Charles N. W. Keckler, a litigator and former law professor of Washington, D.C., tries to develop an argument for conservatives to support maximum life extension in TCS Daily. His main trick is to tell “revolutionary” change from “good, innovative” change, former opposed, later supported by conservatives. “It is false that extending lifespan blunts innovation, except,… Continue reading Conservative argument FOR life extension
In order to get new philosophical insights from the pimm thought experiment and to prepare well for the future, we have to set up a philosophical framework, so let us move to normative morality, and the concept of rights. Normative morality is referred here by Bernard Gert as a code of conduct that all rational… Continue reading Moral, instrumental, human rights: framework for pimm philosophy
The first generation of partially immortalized people will form a minority. Then questions will emerge about the social status of human beings under continuous regeneration treatment. In current moral philosophy, there exists a received view of the moral person, which was worked out in John Rawls’s Theory of Justice. The moral person could only be… Continue reading Are you immortalized? Never mind, you are still a moral person!
Let us see a philosophical connection between euthanasy and life extension: As the moral problem of ending human life is inevitable , so inevitable a moral problem is the extending of human lifespan, and exactly for the same two reasons as terminating life namely i., the pluralisation of world views and attitudes of life, some… Continue reading Why is the moral problem of extending human lifespan is inevitable?
For first readers: The aim of regenerative medicine is to regenerate all tissues and organs of the human body with the help of stem cells’ regenerative potential. Theoretically if all tissues and organs of an adult body were regenerated once, then it could be regenerated two and eventually n times. This technological possibility is called… Continue reading Why it is not a Grenzsituation to participate in a continuous regeneration treatment?
When talking about a maximum life extension therapy it is intuitively credible that the moral judgement concerning this treatment will also depend on the putative cost of the technology. To handle this situation clearly, it is worth differentiating between three different conditions. First, when the expense of the treatment (let it be the cost of… Continue reading 3 hypothetic cost stages of continuous regeneration treatment
The abridged version of my philosophy MA thesis about pimm was published in a traditional book, you can download it here under the title: Partial immortalization and the philosophical problems of human biotechnology and regenerative medicine
Here are three arguments for the pro-pimm activists, in a nutshell. You can decide the order of strength between them, and it depens on the hierarchy of your background assumptions. Later I explore the detailed structure of the arguments. The first is based on the main premiss that to be alive is better than to… Continue reading Why do we have the right to partially immortalize ourselves, if it is possible?
According to the pimm script the parameters of a partially immortalized individual are: -the individual is continuously and voluntarily under regeneration treatment, its own body parts are partially regenerated. – the individual could quit out of the regeneration treatment voluntarily at any stadium without harming his health, and can choose normal (evolutionary made and fixed)… Continue reading The parameters of a partially immortalized individual
A crucial terminological and conceptual point, which came into my mind, when I read this old Fight Aging! post: When experts, even the most comitted proponents are talking about radical life extension, they usually mention only a few hundreds or thousands years, and then put the enigmatic "more" tag at the end, but they are… Continue reading Maximum and/or radical life extension?
There are two main arguments supporting our modal statement: i., negative: there is not any particular natural law, neither biological, nor physical which excludes this possibility. ii., positive: we could extrapolate the technological draft of a regeneration treatment of the whole human body from the present results and methods of regenerative medicine. Concerning the first… Continue reading Why is partial immortalization theoretically and technologically possible?
The aim of regenerative medicine is to regenerate all tissues and organs of the human body with the help of stem cells’ regenerative potential. Theoretically if all tissues and organs of an adult body were regenerated once, then it could be regenerated two and eventually n times. (Think of the scheme of a Proof by… Continue reading What is (and is not) partial immortalization?
Hi, I am Attila Chordash (say tshor-dash) = Attila Csordás (Hungarian), a last year PhD student, a trained molecular biologist and biotechnologist, and my topic is stem cell biology, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine. I got a master’s degree in philosophy too. My plan here is to write an online book (bloog, blook) about Partial immortalization… Continue reading Let’s write a book about partial immortalization now online!