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Disrupting death: The billionaire who wants to extend our lifespans

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by BlindSquirrel, Oct 2, 2019.

  1. BlindSquirrel

    BlindSquirrel

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    https://www.watoday.com.au/business...-to-extend-our-lifespans-20191001-p52wg6.html

    This article was written yesterday about Jim Mellon who is investing in life longevity assets, looking to extend life for as long as possible.
    If ultimately successful, would this not contribute to the growing inequality between those with an obscene magnitude of assets and the rest of the populace who have little to nothing?

    Time is the only thing that everyone has the same amount of each day (assuming you're not unlucky enough to die that day). Being able to reverse the aging process robs one's progeny of the chance to stuff up the family fortune for the rest of the population to capitalise on, due to the death of the patriarch/matriarch.

    There was a netflix show that addressed this issue, "Altered Carbon".
     
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  2. Knobby22

    Knobby22 Mmmmmm 2nd breakfast

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    Yes, based on a science fiction novel.

    I read a short story where 4 generations are living with the grandfather in a future world where everything is automated and its hard to get ahead. The Grandfather is quite the autocrat and with longevity drugs was taken ages to go, he is hard to live with. At the end of the story their is a news break announcing they have managed to reverse ageing. Quite a punchline.

    ( I think the billionaire is a lot more interested in his lifespan than ours:)
     
  3. sptrawler

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    How does the old saying go, the first generation make the fortune, the second generation enjoy it and the third generally lose it. :roflmao:
     
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    Adolf Hitler: (bang) gurgle.. oh no..(bang)..what?..(bang)..
     
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    I tend to think people (by generations of inherent education) tend to be a self fulfilling prophecy when it comes to longevity and life spans.

    I can see (in very basic terms) the herds gravitate toward each other and follow each others habits, diets etc. and past behavior, whether it be due to insecurity or other, this leads to no single individual developing a life span dramatically different from another. You can see perfect examples of this between different countries and their population. If you step outside the main stream beliefs and habits, you will quickly be shut down with beliefs and ideas.

    If you are a believer and follower of christian beliefs you can refer to Methusela who apparently lived for 969 years and Enoch who lived for 300 years.

    The mere fact that our lives can be shortened naturally by (x) years leads me to believe we could also extend our life span by (x) years, if of course you don't do what everyone else is doing. :)
     
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    An old Russian I knew lived on rum and cigars and was 100. Lung cancer is just a herd mentality following the fake health ads . Marijuana flower power had a chance until everyone took it up.
     
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