There are potentially massive changes coming to medicine and how we regard aging and treat age-related diseases in the next few decades. With these changes comes the potential for people to live longer and healthier lives thanks to the development of new therapies that directly target the various aging processes in order to delay, prevent, or even reverse age-related diseases.

However, the realization that these changes are coming, possibly even in our lifetime, raises a number of concerns and objections to the suggestion of increasing healthy human lifespan. Some of these concerns are perfectly reasonable but others are sometimes based on logical fallacies -that is, the argument contains logically invalid reasoning.

COMMON CONCERNS

Overpopulation.

Only the Rich.

Immortal Dictators.

Boredom.

Cultural Stagnation.

Loss of Motivation.

It’s Unnatural.

Lack of Resources.

Increasing Frailty.

OBJECTIONS TO LONGER LIVES

Humanity vs Individual.

Forced to Live Longer.

Aging is not the Priority.

It’s Just a Fear of Death.

Death is Inevitable.

Not in my Lifetime.