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Pat in Place; Explore the Opposition

Mark Gardner mrg at RICE.EDU
Tue Feb 21 08:29:13 EST 1995

On 20 Feb 1995 Don Ashley wrote:

>All comments about longevity research have value.  Anything stifled comes 
>back to sabbotage efforts to promote funding.  The only way to address 
>resistance is to explore the rationale.
>On 20 Feb 1995, Mark Gardner wrote:
>> Perry Metzger           perry at imsi.com
>> Way to go Perry! You put Patrick O'Neil in his place.
>> MRG

You are right Don. Since the dialog began between Patrick and John Rivaz
began, there has been an explosion of activity on the net. 

Thanks for all the positive response on aging research. 

It seems like a large portion of the population does not want to accept the
fact that lives can be extended.

I think the possibility of life extension shakes the very foundation that
their religion is built on. They are afraid to be in the position of having
to make the decision.  

I think your ideas on extending puberty are interesting. Carl Sagan wrote
about this in one of his books ( I think it might have been Dragons of Eden
but I'm not sure). He called it neotony  and  increased fetalization. Sagan
believes that humans made great advances in evolution when we "stretched"
out our life spans. Apparently minor genetic changes made us mature at a
slower rate allow for greater brain size, walking at an older age, puberty
later, adult hood later etc.... to longer life spans.


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