Aubrey de Grey's Plan to Stop Aging
Question: How do we fight aging now?
Aubrey de Grey: There are two possible ways to extend your life with action that you take today. One is to do things that allow you to maintain your health for a longer period. And the other is to act to hasten this research, so that the time when therapies come along which can rejuvenate you and give you another lease on life come along in time for you – even if you are going downhill. Those two things are … so to speak … independent criteria. Now it turns out that with the first criterion, there’s not much we can do, unless, of course, you are unusually susceptible to some particular age-related problem. Like, you know, some people come down with Type II Diabetes in their 30s. There are drugs for that. If you are the sort of normally healthy person whose natural lifespan is going to be 80 or more, then there is nothing to speak of that we can do that will extend your life by an appreciable amount – or at least that is proven to us to be able to do so. So we have to look at number two. And number two, the situation is completely different. It doesn’t matter who you are . . . whether you’re a scientist, or a broadcaster, or a journalist or a general member of the public. It doesn’t matter who you are. You can make a difference by contributing to the enthusiasm in society for this work by changing the mood of society, and thereby changing the funding environment so the work will be done more quickly. I personally, for example, don’t get enough sleep because I’m traveling all the time. I’m on the road. I’m trying to get this stuff to happen. And from a purely health point of view, that’s probably bad for me. It’s probably shortening my life. But I’m pretty sure that I’m bringing forward the day when these therapies will arrive. By a larger amount that I’m shortening my life. So even in my personally selfish stand, I’m probably winning. And of course, I’m not only doing it for selfish stand. I’m doing it to save your life as well.
Recorded on: 6/22/07
Gerontologist Aubrey de Grey has a plan to end the "disease" of aging.
Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.
No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.
The Canadian professor has an extensive collection posted on his site.
- Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky.
- Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis.
- Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
Despite incredible economic growth, it is not necessarily an investor's paradise.
- China's stock market is just 27 years old. It's economy has grown 30x over that time.
- Imagine if you had invested early and gotten in on the ground floor.
- Actually, you would have lost money. Here's how that's possible.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.