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The Science of Living Longer

Developments in Life Extension Technology

by Gini Graham Scott, PhD

 

The potential for greatly increased human longevity or even immortality has never been greater. Some researchers working on new technologies to extend life believe that immortality may be possible within 25 years.

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November 2017

Praeger

Pages 207
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Health and Medicine
  Health & Wellness/General

This thought-provoking book looks at humanity's quest for immortality and examines the latest research on extending one's life and possibly living forever, presenting an overview of technological innovations such as cryonics, cell rejuvenation, organ transplants, using an exoskeleton, and brain transplants.

With the seemingly limitless potential of 21st-century technology, the chance of human immortality being an actual possibility rather than a science fiction concept is tantalizingly close. And with this increased possibility of achieving immortality, a growing community of people interested in immortality has formed worldwide. Organizations dedicated to great extension of human life now exist, focusing on technologies that reverse the damage caused by aging, transfer human consciousness to an artificial body, or cryogenically freeze those who hope to be brought back to life when technology to revive the body without cellular damage is developed.

The Science of Living Longer: Developments in Life Extension Technology provides a fascinating look at the current state of the scientific research on how people can live significantly longer—and possibly even forever. The book begins with an introductory section on the historical efforts to achieve immortality in Western and other cultures. Following chapters investigate different strands of research toward the common objective of achieving a longer life or even immortality. Other chapters address topics such as the health, wellness, and fitness movement designed to help individuals live longer; the biological methods—such as cell rejuvenation—designed to defeat aging; and the use of technology to provide an exoskeleton as body parts age or to download the brain into a computer or other body. Each chapter also suggests steps an individual can take to live longer, too.

Features

  • Presents an overview of the different potential methods for extending human life, including cryonics, cell rejuvenation, organ transplants, using an exoskeleton, and brain transplants
  • Provides actionable strategies for readers on how they can extend their own life
  • Introduces readers to the major researchers and organizations involved in finding methods to increase longevity and provide a potential for immortality
Author Info

Gini Graham Scott, PhD, JD, is a nationally known writer, consultant, speaker, and seminar leader, specializing in business and work relationships, professional development, social trends, and criminal justice. She is the founder of Changemakers Publishing and Writing and has published more than 50 books on diverse subjects with major publishers, some of which have received national media exposure, including appearances on Good Morning America, Oprah, and CNN. Scott has worked with dozens of clients on memoirs, self-help, and popular business books, as well as film scripts. She also helps writers and filmmakers make contacts with publishers, agents, and the film industry. She has five feature films, television series, and documentaries to her credit, either as a writer and/or executive producer, which are in release, post-production, or pre-production: Suicide Party #Save Dave, Driver, Death's Door, Infidelity, and Brain Swap. Scott's writing websites are www.changemakerspublishingandwriting.com and www.ginigrahamscott.com. She is a Huffington Post regular columnist at www.huffingtonpost.com/gini-graham-scott. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and her juris doctor degree from the University of San Francisco Law School. She received several graduate degrees from California State University, East Bay, including those in anthropology and popular culture and lifestyle.

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