The promise of immortality. Specifically, Tom promised you immortality. Then, right when he was supposed to pay up, he dove into a chasm. And like a good villain, it turns out he didn’t die.
Speaking of not dying, Dr. João Pedro de Magalhães joins us today to set us straight about aging, dying, and, uh, not doing those things. Dr. de Magalhães studies the aging process and how we might defeat it. In other words, he’s a great guy doing a great thing. One thing I love about him is that he’s a real futurist: he’s not afraid to imagine out loud. If you’re interested in gerontology, biogerontology, senescence, anti-aging science, or anything in their general vicinities, you’re going to enjoy this one.
- Here’s some other de Magalhães media I think you’ll enjoy: a TED talk about slowing down aging and a short animation on what aging is.
- Rapamycin. No link here, just the spelling in case you want it. You know, for spells.
- For more on The Longevity Dividend, I like this entry in IEET’s Technoprogressive Wiki.
- For more on the Tithonus Error, here’s Aubrey de Grey on what we can do about it.