The Biogerontologists in the world have a wide array of interesting theories based on undisputed facts and logical assessments. Marios Kyriazis is one who set forth a theory that suggests an inevitable consequence of human evolution is biological immorality. He believes “indefinite lifespans” are inherent in human biology and will be a natural next step in our development. Somewhere in our future, development of our intelligence will come from living indefinitely, not through evolution by natural selection.
I find the concept of biologic immortality interesting. In simple terms it proposes at some time in our future as a species “rate of mortality” will remain the same or decline relative to chronological age. That means “age” will have nothing to do with “death.” A seventy-year-old would have the save risk of death as a ten-year-old. But how could anyone suggest such a thing?
Biological immortality already exists with other species. It is not just a wild theory. Scientists believe lobsters could live indefinitely, barring disease or injury. Hydra cells (a fresh-water animal) continue to divide, never stop, suggesting biologic immortality. Tardigrades are microscopic animals that can slow their metabolism to near zero for unlimited periods to survive unlivable conditions. Planarian Flatworms have prolific stem cells and apparent limitless telomere regeneration; they exhibit an ability to live indefinitely…biological immortality!
Why does all that matter? Because it exists! On our planet there are living organisms that demonstrate immortal characteristics. If the Great Basin Bristlecone Pine can live 4,862 years, and the Giant Barrel Sponge, Xestospongia muta, can live 2,300 years, and a Bowhead Whale can live 211 years, and a Aldabra Giant Tortoise can live 250 years, the concept of biologic immortality may make some sense.
I like Aubrey De Grey’s “pro-aging trance” terminology. He talks about people’s psychological approach to coping with aging. He says LIFE EXTENSION is viewed as PROLONGING rather than POSTPONING. It is a subtle but deafening way to approach the whole area of discussion. If you believe something is inevitable, your ability to defeat it is diminished. In the 1400s the life expectancy was in the 30s. Now it’s in the 70s. Nothing has really changed psychologically in how most of the world approaches aging; why fight the inevitable? Life extension is real. the science is gaining momentum. Where are you?