Sometimes, and especially in articles aimed at mitigating people’s fear of aging, it is said that aging doesn’t come just with downsides, such as frailty and diseases, but also with upsides—for example, wisdom and a long life experience. It is often subtly implied that these two very different aspects are two sides of the same…

Whenever the topic of increasing human lifespan is discussed the concern is sometimes raised that a longer life would mean a life spent frail and decrepit. This is sometimes known as the Tithonus error and shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the aims of rejuvenation biotechnology. The concern is based on the ancient Greek myth of Tithonus…

For much of human history, living up to a ripe old age was seen as a gift from the gods, an aberration, or just the product of sheer luck. Given that up to the beginning of the twentieth century, many of us succumbed to disease at an early age, being extremely fortunate to live past…

The concern that rejuvenation biotechnologies might cause social disparity and further widen the gap between rich and poor is one of the most commonly raised ones, probably second only to concerns of overpopulation. Like many others, this concern may appear valid at first, but it does not survive careful analysis. Anti-aging sticker shock The underlying…

When people consider the possibility that eliminating age-related diseases could increase our healthy lifespans beyond current norms, this sometimes raises concerns. One of these concerns is that this could lead to long-lived dictators – imagine if Stalin, Hitler or Genghis Khan had lived much longer or even did not succumb to the aging processes by…

The discussion of increased lifespans through medical and technological progress that address the various processes of aging raises the concern that this could lead to a lack of resources and resulting conflict and suffering. The argument suggests that we will run out of resources if we develop the technology to treat age-related diseases.Proponents of this line of thought believe…

Any discussion of rejuvenation biotechnology almost certainly includes the subject of overpopulation and the objection that medical advances that directly address the various processes of aging will lead to an overpopulated world. Such dire predictions are a common theme when advances in medicine that could increase human lifespans are concerned. Overpopulation is a word that gives the simple fact…

Whenever the topic of rejuvenation biotechnology and any possible increase of the human lifespan is discussed, a common objection to developing the technology is that it is unnatural. This argument usually arises during discussions when considering therapies that directly address the various processes of aging, and it is important to understand their basis and the reasons behind this line…

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