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The Christian Transhumanist Podcast

The Christian Transhumanist Podcast

Micah Redding and Amy Gaskin explore Christianity and Transhumanism, diving deep into the relationship between religion, technology, and the future of the human race.

Ep 36: Aubrey de Grey & the End of Aging

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Aubrey de Grey pioneers anti-aging research, answers your questions about the future this is leading to, and explains why not working to defeat aging would be a sin.


Bio:

Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist, the founder & Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation, editor-in-chief of Rejuvenation Research, and author of the book Ending Aging.


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Important thoughts:

  • Aging causes more suffering than almost anything in the world
    • 90% of the medical budget of the western world is spent on costs associated with old age
    • The cure for Heart Disease and Cancer is being held back by the reluctance to deal with aging itself
  • Aging & Medicine
    • Aging isn't “programmed in”: much of our body's machinery is dedicated to fighting aging
    • Ending aging is continuous with current medical practice
    • Ending aging will never look like a “magic pill”—it will necessarily be an ongoing cooperative process of society.
  • World impact
    • The UN predicts that human population will peak, and start to decline, sometime this century
    • Out of pure economic necessity, world governments will pay for universal anti-aging therapy
    • Repairing damage to our bodies can correlate with repairing damage to the planet
  • The clash between science and engineering: understanding a problem, vs solving a problem
  • It would be a sin not to work on ending aging


How might this interact with religion?


Pull-Quotes:

“Ageing is, simply and clearly, the accumulation of damage in the body. That's all that ageing is.” <-- click to tweet

“If changing our world is playing God, it is just one more way in which God made us in His image.” <-- click to tweet

Ep 36: Aubrey de Grey & the End of Aging
The Christian Transhumanist Podcast
Micah Redding & Amy Gaskin
2017-08-28
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