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Roadmap to Immortality

Roadmapp to immortality

 

We have created the Roadmap to Immortality – a timeline of events that will lead to indefinite human lifespan extension. Some of these evens can happen simultaneously, some separately, some even already happened. I invite everyone to express their opinion, add to the Roadmap, make it more detailed. We need more authors, please, join!

The pdf can be found here – Roadmap_immortality_ENG

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Do you Want to Be Immortal? Really? – Yes, Really.

In this recent article the Huffington Post author George Young asks a question if we really want to be immortal. He tells the readers about Igor Vishev, Russian philosopher, who believes that the first people to become immortal are likely to be already born today. Igor Vishev is the follower of Russian cosmists, such as Nikolai Fedorov, Vladimir Vernadsky and Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.

From Fedorov on, a main cosmist idea has been to overcome death. For Fedorov individual immortality was not sufficient; our ultimate task was to bring back to life all humans who had ever lived. A devout if eccentric Christian, Fedorov viewed the resurrection as a human task, the Christ-like duty of the sons and daughters of humanity to restore life to those from whom it had been taken. Children would use future scientific technology to resurrect their parents, who in turn would resurrect theirs, all the way back to Adam and Eve.

And then after telling the story of Russian cosmists the author of the article simply becomes blind all of a sudden and falls into the trap built by shortsightedness and inability to think rationally. He writes:

The important question now may not be whether remaking ourselves and our universe to eliminate limits to present life is possible, but whether it is desirable. For centuries poets have intuited profound value in the mystery of death. As Shakespeare tells us in Sonnet 73, death gives life meaning, and love grows more strong for that “which thou must leave ere long.” Or, as Wallace Stevens wrote in “Sunday Morning,” “Death is the mother of beauty.” Could many of our best intangibles be lost in the transition from human to “transhuman”?

Shakespeare knew nothing about antibiotics and resuscitation. He had no choice but to accept death, otherwise it would be just too hard to live knowing that death is the worst, most horrible thing that can happen. It is so much easier to attribute death some meaning or even positive qualities. It means that we don’t have to fight it or fear it, death is normal, good even and we can get back to our everyday routine. But the reality is 100% different. Death is not the mother of beauty. Death is the mother of worms, eating your rotting body. Death makes your life worth nothing. And it doesn’t matter if you leave your work behind – you won’t care, because there will be no you. Just like every dying pharaoh would trade all the gold and pyramids he owns for another day of life, every lethally sick person would give everything he owns for the cure, just to live one more day, just to breathe for a bit longer.

The question of what death is and how or whether we should attempt to eliminate it won’t be settled here, or anywhere, anytime soon. But if Igor Vishev is right, someone alive today — certainly not the one writing these words, but maybe someone reading them — may be around long enough to know the answer.

I understand why George Young is so against immortality – he doesn’t believe he will be able to use life extension technologies. He is a senior citizen at the moment and this makes him pessimistic. His mind wants to protect him from the frightening thought that some people will become immortal, forever young maybe, but not him. So his mind tries to justify death in his own eyes.

But Mr. Young may be wrong in his assumption that he is not going to benefit from life extension technologies. If the existing life extension results are transferred from model animal to humans, he may well have the chance to live for quite some more time. And during this extra time there’s a good chance some new technologies would be developed to prolong his life even more. We don’t know this for sure, but we have to fight for our lives.

The more optimistic and unbiased articles we have about the possibility of life extension, the greater our chances are to eliminate all the age-related diseases and make people live much healthier and, most importantly, much longer lives.

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The First Political Meeting on Immortality in History

It says: “150 years of life for everyone.” This is one of the posters shown at the meeting on immortality that took place on Saturday, September 24 in the very center of Moscow, right across the street from the famous Bolshoy Theater. It was such a great gathering. I loved the atmosphere. Approximately 100 people came to support immortality, creating new technologies, regenerative medicine, genomic research and everything related to fighting aging and radical life extension. Here are some pictures from this superb meeting that left me with a warm feeling and positive impression.

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The Story about Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity Gets the Time Magazine Cover

Time magazine covered Ray Kurzweil and the movie Transcendent Man. This may be one of the steps on the way to the Singularity and Immortality becoming mainstream. Congrats to the director, Barry Ptolemy, and his team.

Read the whole story 2045: The year man becomes immortal

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President of Kazakhstan urges scientists to unlock the secret to immortality

70-year-old Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev appears to have a keen interest in radical life extension and longevity research. Nazarbaev has repeatedly used his post as president to call for renewed research into medical immortality. Recently in a speech to students marking the opening of Nazarbaev University in Astana, Nazarbaev spoke of the need for research on topics such as: “rejuvenation of the organism…the human genome…production of human tissue…the creation of gene-based medicines.”

Earlier this year, Nazarbaev was granted powers that will, in effect, allow him to serve as Kazakhstan’s president for life, whether formally in office or not. Two months ago, Roman Kim, a Kazakhstani of Korean descent and a delegate to Kazakhstan’s People’s Assembly, proposed that Nazarbaev should stay in power until at least 2020.

“As for the medicine of the future, people of my age are really hoping all of this will happen as soon as possible,” Nazarbaev said.

It seems like aging is something the ruler has been worried about for a while. In October of 2009 he was quoted as saying:

“One important subject is anti-aging, or the study of prolongation of life,” he told an audience at the Kazakh national university in Almaty. “However difficult such investigations are, these questions must be resolved sooner or later. Why shouldn’t our scientists take on this task? Would it not inspire our Kazakh youth who are now living through the great moments of passion?”

Also in 2009 at a government science committee meeting he said: “Anti-aging medicine, natural rejuvenation, immortality, that’s what people are studying these days. Those who do are the most successful states in the world – those who don’t will get left on the sidelines.”

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Futurology. Table of Contents.

Futurology studies the implementation probability of various scenarios of possible and disirable future of humanity based on historical regularities, social trends and technological achievements. The field of study focuses on current and past trends of what has been taking place in our day-to-day realities. The goal of futurology is global forecasting and predictions of the long-term fate of humanity as a whole.

I would like to draw your attention to the table of contents of a new book called ‘Futurology’ by Mikhail Batin and Alexei Turchin. I believe that this book is extremely important for those who care about, and who are willing to influence the future of mankind.

The purpose of this book
Chapter 1. Futurology as a Science
1.1. Scientific basis of futurology
1.2. Cognitive biases
1.3. Stages of the future and the measure of uncertainty
1.4. Predictability and forecast horizons

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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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