The Science of Living Longer: Developments in Life Extension Technology

The Science of Living Longer: Developments in Life Extension Technology

by Gini Graham Scott JD, Ph.D


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This thought-provoking book looks at humanity's quest for immortality and examines the latest research on extending one's life and possibly living forever, presenting an overview of technological innovations such as cryonics, cell rejuvenation, organ transplants, using an exoskeleton, and brain transplants.

With the seemingly limitless potential of 21st-century technology, the chance of human immortality being an actual possibility rather than a science fiction concept is tantalizingly close. And with this increased possibility of achieving immortality, a growing community of people interested in immortality has formed worldwide. Organizations dedicated to great extension of human life now exist, focusing on technologies that reverse the damage caused by aging, transfer human consciousness to an artificial body, or cryogenically freeze those who hope to be brought back to life when technology to revive the body without cellular damage is developed.

The Science of Living Longer: Developments in Life Extension Technology provides a fascinating look at the current state of the scientific research on how people can live significantly longer—and possibly even forever. The book begins with an introductory section on the historical efforts to achieve immortality in Western and other cultures. Following chapters investigate different strands of research toward the common objective of achieving a longer life or even immortality. Other chapters address topics such as the health, wellness, and fitness movement designed to help individuals live longer; the biological methods—such as cell rejuvenation—designed to defeat aging; and the use of technology to provide an exoskeleton as body parts age or to download the brain into a computer or other body. Each chapter also suggests steps an individual can take to live longer, too.

• Presents an overview of the different potential methods for extending human life, including historical efforts to obtain immortality throughout the world

• Provides actionable strategies for readers on how they can extend their own life

• Introduces readers to the major researchers and organizations involved in finding methods to increase longevity and provide a potential for immortality

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440857140
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/03/2017
Pages: 207
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gini Graham Scott, PhD, JD, is a nationally known writer, consultant, speaker, and seminar leader, specializing in business and work relationships, professional development, social trends, and criminal justice. She is the founder of Changemakers Publishing.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I The Search for Immortality 7

Chapter 1 Strategies for Living Longer to Increase the Chance of Living Forever 9

Chapter 2 The Different Paths to Immortality 23

Chapter 3 The Beginnings of the Modem Search for Immortality 41

Part II The Major Approaches Today 69

Chapter 4 The Successes and Struggles of Cryonics Today 71

Chapter 5 Living a Longer, Healthier Life 93

Chapter 6 Eating Right to Live Longer 101

Chapter 7 Living Right to Live Longer 117

Part III The Potential for Immortality 139

Chapter 8 It Could All Be in the Brain 141

Chapter 9 The Biotech System for Longevity or Immortality 163

Notes 183

References 195

Index 201

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