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We are now starting to release the videos from our July conference, Ending Age-Related Diseases: Investment Prospects & Advances in Research, which was hosted in NYC at Cooper Union. Today, we show Dr. Aubrey de Grey giving his keynote speech at the conference.

He begins, as all good speakers should, in a mixed audience of experienced hands and those totally new to the topic of aging, with the basics about aging and works towards more complex topics. This method is the best for engaging newcomers, as it follows the didactic principles of teaching, which make it easier for the listener to relate to the topic.

Some people in our community make the mistake of jumping right into a conversation about repairing the damage of aging without considering if the listener has any prior knowledge of the subject; often, he or she doesn’t, resulting in that person being confused, not understanding what is being said, and ultimately becoming bored and not engaging. If you would like to learn more about engagement techniques and how to talk to the public about aging, check out “Why Life Extension is not Popular with the Public Yet” by Elena Milova.

If you’re familiar with his work, you may wish to skip to around the 17:55 mark, where he talks about new developments in the field and things you may not have heard before.

About the author

Steve Hill

As a scientific writer and a devoted advocate of healthy longevity and the technologies to promote them, Steve has provided the community with hundreds of educational articles, interviews, and podcasts, helping the general public to better understand aging and the means to modify its dynamics. His materials can be found at H+ Magazine, Longevity reporter, Psychology Today and Singularity Weblog. He is a co-author of the book “Aging Prevention for All” – a guide for the general public exploring evidence-based means to extend healthy life (in press).
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