Well, it has been a super busy month due to the popularity of the new Kurzgesagt videos about aging, and we have seen a massive positive response from the audience to the ideas presented there.
At the time of writing, 116,000 people have liked the video so far, and a mere 963 people have disliked it, with almost 2 million total views to date. Once again, as in the previous video, the ratio of support versus opposition is massively in favor of doing something about aging.
This is most welcome, though it is not entirely unexpected. It is no surprise that the majority of people support continued health and the eradication of age-related diseases through the development of advanced medicines. If you have not seen both videos, we recommend that you take a few minutes to enjoy them today.
Thanks to the huge popularity of these videos our Facebook page has grown to well over 18,000, we have had hundreds join our Discord server, hundreds of new people supporting us on Twitter and a flood of donations to support our work. Seeing so many new faces joining the community and getting involved has been an amazing experience and it really feels like things are picking up pace, not only for us as an org but also as a movement as a whole. The level of support for the development of rejuvenation biotechnology to combat age-related diseases has been overwhelming and we have had a large number of emails and a huge level of encouragement and support from so many people.
We have a choice on how we treat aging in the future
With aging and age-related disease, there are ultimately two clear choices. We can choose to accept them as a given and do nothing about them, or we can decide that they are a problem and do something about them, just as we have every other problem that has faced humanity throughout its history.
Some researchers are firmly resolute that science should only be used to improve our healthspan, the period which we spend in good health before we die at the usual life expectancy. While we think that improving healthspan is a great goal, we believe that science can be more ambitious than this.
The aim of rejuvenation biotechnology is not only to increase our healthspan so we spend less time sick during our life; it also includes increasing how long we might live. The ultimate goal is to develop the technology and medicine that we need to live healthy, independent and longer lives free from age-related diseases. That is what we consider a truly worthy goal and one we can strive to obtain in the near future.
In fact, this is also the position of the World Health Organization, which defines the following in its constitution:
- Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
- The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.
- The health of all peoples is fundamental to the attainment of peace and security and is dependent on the fullest cooperation of individuals and States.
- The achievement of any State in the promotion and protection of health is of value to all.
- Unequal development in different countries in the promotion of health and control of diseases, especially communicable disease, is a common danger.
- Healthy development of the child is of basic importance; the ability to live harmoniously in a changing total environment is essential to such development.
- The extension to all peoples of the benefits of medical, psychological and related knowledge is essential to the fullest attainment of health.
- Informed opinion and active co-operation on the part of the public are of the utmost importance in the improvement of the health of the people.
- Governments have a responsibility for the health of their peoples which can be fulfilled only by the provision of adequate health and social measures.
As we see here, the international agency responsible for healthcare development places no limitations on our health or lifespan, and on the contrary, it considers perfect health as the universal goal.
We see no need to place restrictions on how long someone should be allowed to live or to suggest that someone who has lived longer has less right to live than someone younger. Science is changing how we look at aging, and we urge everyone who agrees with these principles to join us and help make rejuvenation biotechnology a reality.
With advances in science coming ever faster and our understanding of aging improving by the year, there will almost certainly be a time when we fully understand how aging works and how to bring it under medical control. We are not quite there yet, of course, but we are within striking distance of that becoming a reality in the next few decades.
How soon this happens depends on how much funding fundamental research into aging receives and how many projects we as a community support and help to launch.
Calling all the Heroes
We are delighted to announce that as a result of our collaboration with Kurzgesagt to produce these informative videos about aging, we have seen a surge of support for our work. We wanted to mention everyone who has joined our Lifespan Heroes and are actively supporting our work and increasing our ability to do even more.
A massive and heartfelt thank you for the following Heroes:
Jonna Colter, Brian Entei, Maxime Handfield Lapointe, John Jimenez, Linda Ingmanson, Elise Larsson, Kirill Krayushkin, Steven Shi, James Jones, Paul Rodrigue, Witness Martin, Damian Kmak, Ilya Kravchik, Vithiet Lee and Daniel Kwintner, Jeremiah Ruppe, Arian Bexheti, Sergey Drondin, Jory Madrigal, Callum Mellor-Reed, Jesse Jurman, Ryan Doherty, Jesse Dean, Christopher Payton, Joakim Olsson, Jordan Beagle, Deanna-Darlene Bate, Alexander Gershfeld, Eugeniia Vakarina, Victoria Jordan, Geraldo Ramos, Vlad Antipin, Evgeniy Grigoriev, Simon Csoma, Andreas Mantzke, Lukas Vismantas, Tiit Pähn, Filip Prochazka, Daniel Anthoney, Hanna Pentikäinen, Frank Martino, Pavel Cooper, Leroy Arellano, Jason Morton-McKay, Allan Miller, Christoph Aigensberger, Adam Becker, Adam Bryant, Peter Childs, Paul Davies, Keina Matsunaga, Anthony Leo, Roamer Hsu, Angham Basager, Jakob Persson, Fernando Zabaleta, Mehrafarin Keshavarz, Elite Taker, Whitfield, Stefan Melendez, Héctor Baiges, Jay Schultz, Chris Almquist, Arya Tabaie, Bryan Wong, Emerald May, Gustaaf Prins, David Bergkvist, Emily Ludlow, Dan Risacher, Tim Vekshin, David Saum, Matthew Daniel, Dilip Shah, Michael Breuer, Tyler Mason, Cosmin Istratescu, Adam Ridgway and Mattias Thörnkvist.
Turning your support into concrete action
We also thought this would be a great opportunity to take a look at how the support from our generous Heroes has helped us and will continue to help us do more and have a greater impact.
It was thanks in part to the help of our Heroes that we were able to work with Kurzgesagt and be involved in the creation of two great videos about aging. We plan to continue working with major YouTube channels and personalities in the future, and, with your help, this will be a reality. Working with these popular channels is the key to reaching out to a wider audience and helping popularize rejuvenation biotechnology and doing something about aging.
Thanks to the support of our Heroes, we have produced six episodes of Journal Club, the monthly live-streamed science show in which Dr. Oliver Medvedik and company discuss research on aging and review recent scientific publications. We would like to remind readers that you are welcome to contact us with your suggestions for papers you would like Journal Club to review, so if there is a publication you are very interested in us discussing please get in touch.
We have also been able to increase our advertising budget for all our social media channels, meaning that our articles can reach a wider audience, helping us to engage even more people with news about this exciting field. Getting the word out and letting people know about the progress and possibilities is a critical part of what we do and, thanks to your support, we will be able to do this even more effectively.
And speaking of getting the word out, thanks to the popularity of the Kurzgesagt videos, the Lifespan.io Discord community has grown a great deal. Our server is a fun place to get involved with the community, ask questions and meet like-minded people interested in life extension. Feel free to join us if you wish.
We have a host of plans for the future, including live-streamed events, panels, shows, and more great content, which, thanks to the help of the Lifespan Heroes, we can now start bringing to the community. Thank you for your support!