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Main problems of scientific immortalism

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I’d like to tell you about the main problems of scientific immortalism and why the idea is not accepted. But let me start with the definition. Scientific immortalism is a worldview based on the striving to avoid physical death or, at least, to postpone it to the maximum with the help of the achievements of exact, natural, and technical sciences.

So, the main problems are:

1. Negative attitude to the idea of physical immortality in culture

I believe this happened, because in thinking that radical life extension is not possible people assumed it to be unnecessary and harmful. It is much more convenient to think this way: no possibility – no need.

2. Ignoring the idea of the physical immortality of a person in philosophy

Throughout the history of mankind philosophical thought was occupied by justifyng the existence of death. Seeing no real possibility of physical immortality philosophers needed to explain the inevitability of this bloodcurdling unfairness to all people.

3. Awkwardness and uneasiness of people to openly declare and promote immortality ideas

This one’s clear. No one wants to sound crazy. If one speaks about fighting age-related negative changes in a body – that’s taken all right. But this interpretation does not motivate a lot of people. Everybody agrees that it’s a bad thing to be sick, but they are not ready to make some personal effort in order to accelerate  scientific progress.

4. Lack of qualitative materials on immortalism. There are no outstanding bestselling books, no great films, no extremely popular websites.

There are a couple of books, of course, but it’s not enough. The idea has to be available to a much larger group of people.

5. Practical absence of philosophical substantiations of immortalism

Although there are works of 2 Russian philosophers, Igor Vishev and Nikolai Fedorov.

6. Marginalization of immortalism

It’s no wonder that people with unstable mentality tend to reach to this idea. They create a negative background for it. But the situation has been changing lately, slowly, but changing.

7. Psychological protection against scary thoughts about aging and death

A person doesn’t think about this problem, so it’s like it doesn’t exist. There’s this phychological construct that protects the person from thoughts about death, about their mortality. Otherwise one would develop manias, phobias and suicidal thoughts.

8. Absence of understanding the “psychological keys”

It is now not obvious what arguments can be used in order to persuade people that they have to make a substantial effort to prolong life. It’s hard to prove to them that the expences are nothing compared to this result. If it doesn’t work – well, we’re going to have what we already have.

9. Negative historical experience

People have always been dying. Everyone is used to it.

10. Domination of current problems over the prospective ones

Today’s problems that require immediate actions take up a lot more space in one’s consciousness than some kind of contemplative fight against aging.

11. Absence of scientific outlook, an overall worldview in the majority of people

People quite often have some kind of mess in their heads that consists of sorcery, astrological forecasts, black cats and the migration of souls. Oh, and even more often there’s simply no worldview – just the routine troubles.

12. Ritual character of the realization of authorities’ power. Constant following of stereotypes

Do the authorities really have a goal of making people happy?

13. An uncontemporary position of scientists. Excessive enthusiasm about regalia, ranks, and other attributes

I sometimes have this impression that most researchers do not care about the discoveries, only about the citation idex and budgets.

14. Egoism of the senior generation. Unwillingness to solve a problem with a product that, in their opinion, they cannot take advantage of. Not always, but it happens quite a lot.

15. People do not understand the stage-by-stage approach of problem
solving. The fears of possible risks hinder people to realize their
personal interest in solving scientific problems.

Why do I all the time hear about overpopulation??? Is an imaginary risk a reason to die?

16. Absence of understanding of the unity of personal interests and the
interests of society.

Substantial life extension is a global problem, solving which requires joining the efforts of the majority of people. In this case the maximal personal gain is possible only when one acts on behalf of society, solving the problem both for everybody and for himself or herself.

17. A lot of false information. Swindlers’ activity

Quite many offer the solution, but such a thing doesn’t exist yet.

18. Antagonism against new ideas due to conservative ways of thinking
19. Laziness
20. Low awareness in the population of scientific achievements and of immortality ideas
21. Low levels of humanism, philanthrophy in society

People often wish for somebody else’s death.

22. Low level of communication and cooperation between people sharing the ideas of immortalism
23. Absence of an authoritative leader
24. Absence of generalization and analysys of immortality organisations’ activity
25. Negative, consciousness-absorbing influence of commercial and public brands
26. Unimportance of the «meaning of life» question in the minds of people
27. Practical impossibility of public initiatives’ implementation
28. Lack of public, political debates
29. Greed, egoism
30. Alcoholism as refusal of reality, of the necessity of solving essential problems
31. Personal enthusiasm in one concrete area, unwillingness to be engaged
in anything else, as consequence, absence of open-mindedness
32. Mistrust to idea’s supporters, suspicion of ulterior motives
33. Absence of immortalists in the public “elite”
34. Disillusionment with the possibility of changing anything in a great number of the supporters of immortalism ideas
35. Super complexity of the problem
36. Absence of any action strategy or plan

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Regenerative Medicine Roadmap

Okay, this is one of the things that we’re doing in the Science for Life Extension Foundation. It’s the Regenerative Medicine Roadmap Chart, the first draft of the scientific part of the future Roadmap which, I believe, is an essential document for the whole field.

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Regenerative medicine is now one of the few rapidly developing fields that have a great potential in significantly improving the quality of life and promoting longevity. It is highly important to create a roadmap in order to enable effective collaboration among the researchers and to multiply the future outcomes of their work.

The purpose of this chart is to create an overview of the field from the scientific point of view and to list the current and future research directions in each area. The goal is to create a draft of the scientific part of the Regenerative Medicine Roadmap, which would set the guidelines for the scientists, provide research plans for the institutions and help attract potential sponsors and investors.

Regenerative Medicine is divided into 5 blocks: Tissue engineering, Cell therapy, Diagnostic platforms, Healing Therapies and Supporting Technologies. The main focus of the chart lies in the Tissue Engineering and Cell Therapy parts. These parts are schematically divided into components, which in turn are described in more detail with specific research directions. Tissue Engineering comprises such areas as methods, cells for use, biomaterials, and database creation. The Cell Therapy part consists of three blocks: cell removal, regenerative capacity restoration and adding cells. Specific research directions listed provide the ground for forming research plans in each particular area. This preliminary work will help create a highly detailed plan of action in regenerative medicine.

We propose a collaboration in creating the Roadmap.
The link to download a pdf of the chart.

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Lab Work

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A shoot for a Russian fashion magazine Aeroflot Style. There’s something more about science than everybody thinks.

A young scientist, Maria Konovalenko, fights against aging. Having thoroughly studied genetics and gerontology, she, as well as many of her collegues, came to the conclusion that eternal life is the future of the mankind.

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Photo – Irina Bordo,

Style – Julia Mashnish,

Stylist assistant – Olga Maltseva,

Hair and make-up – Irina Lakhanskaya,

Model – Maria Konovalenko.

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The meaning of life

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Well, lets start with the meaning of life. Why does a person live?

A person lives in order to live. Everything good that happens to them, all their dreams and goals make senae for them only while they are alive. So, if the person does not exist, their personal meanings do not exist either. No matter how happy a person is – it all goes away. Aging and death erase everything. Yes, of course, kids, accomplishments, somebody’s memories stay, but it already doesn’t matter to the person, because there is no more person. Death sets the counter of accomplishments to zero. Aging makes life intolerable. And this is not fair. And it would be great if something could be done so that people would not age, so that death would not be inevitable.

Science studies the mechanisms of aging. Biomedical technologies are being developed. But it’s all done too slowly. First of all, because people do not see the meaning of life, do not think about it and keep deceiting themselves. It seems like it’s in everybody’s interest to live much longer and be healthy, but only a few are ready to make an effort. That’s why it’s all so slow, and that’s why biogerontology is being scarcely funded.

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