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We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Longevity Book Club, where you can join other longevity enthusiasts in reading the most interesting works that relate to our mission of ending age-related diseases. You will also get the opportunity to listen to discussion panels and take part in Q&A sessions that are focused on books that touch on these important scientific, philosophical, moral and futuristic longevity topics. This is the ideal place to meet like-minded longevity enthusiasts who are working on building their knowledge on longevity and all of the implications that come with ending age-related diseases.

Our first book circle will be reading Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari, a New York Times best-selling author.

Here is a brief synopsis of the book:

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

Over the past century, humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.

What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.

We feel this is a good book to get started with, as it’s written in a user-friendly style that can appeal to a broad audience and touches on many topics that are directly or indirectly related to our mission of ending age-related disease. As we progress as a group, we will shift into different categories, including philosophy, genetics, biochemistry, ethics, and many more topics that are of interest to our mission and book club members.

By joining us for the club, you will have the opportunity to join us for the first of many book discussions and have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating knowledge that these authors have to share with us as well as the deconstructed meanings behind the books as seen by our book club members.

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Javier Noris

Javier’s primary focus is on very early stage science investing. (AI, robotics, synBio, medtech, diagnostics, therapeutics, etc). He co-founded ScienceVest (YC F3), a fund and platform for hard-tech and life science companies, and Impact Science Angels, an angel group focused on investing in companies that can impact 1MM+ lives. Javier has an academic background in biotechnology & economics and is a self-taught software engineer. In a past life Javier worked in India improving technical skills gaps and agricultural technology. He has served as judge for multiple startup pitch competitions and frequently writes on a number of topics(science investing, impact investing, pre-clinical drug discovery, learning to code and more).
  1. March 20, 2019

    Characterising current biomedical longevity projects aiming to break maximum healthy lifespan as ‘immortality’ is scientifically wrong, philosophically shallow & politically dangerous. Yuval Noah Harari caught in the Immortality Trap: how to frame Open Lifespan poorly http://openlifespan.org/yuval-noah-harari-immortality-trap/

    • mm
      March 22, 2019

      I agree, if you are a hero perhaps you would like to join the discussion and share this opinion with the group. But yes using the word immortality or similar is a bad idea that provokes cognitive dissonance and misinterprets the actual science being done.

  2. April 18, 2019

    Great organization!

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