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As humans, we're all going to age and eventually die. There's a lot of ongoing research in longevity. There are people who think that eating the right diet, or caloric restriction, or supplements, or exercise routines, can extend your life. Some people just want to avoid or reverse disease, premature aging, or other conditions, and I think these are worthwhile goals.
But there are people who think that it might be possible to find a way to, not only slow or reduce aging, but to potentially stop aging completely in the next few decades. There are millions of dollars currently being spent on this type of research, and some people believe that through a variety of medical advances, emerging technologies, health protocols, and lifestyle changes, that this could be possible. What are your thoughts on this?
I don't think that human immortality is possible, and that humans won't really be able to reliably extend their lives much past a theoretical 120 years, not in the next century at least. This is a pessimistic outlook, of course assuming we don't find other ways to exterminate ourselves from the planet. I think that the idea of knowing that one day we'll die, can add meaning to our lives, and that a human that doesn't age (or die) sounds more like a dystopian horror film than a worthy ambition.
What are your thoughts on longevity (past a theoretical 120 year life span), and immortality? Do you think they are possible, and do you think these are worthwhile goals?