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Old 12-20-2019, 07:52 AM
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Science Fiction Debate: Extending Human Lifespans

Part 3 of 'Science Fiction Debates'

Our topic:

Extending the human lifespan.

The situation:

You've done it. Well done! You've come up with a way to extend the average human life. Impacting nothing else in human life - childhood is still roughly 15-20 years, senescence is another 10-15 years - you've managed to extend the average lifespan from 70 to 350 years. It simply extends a human's maturity for several hundred years. People stay looking between 35 and 55 for several hundred years. Nobel prizes await you! Go you!


What is the impact of doing so? The process costs money. Not so much that a middle class first-world person can't afford it...but it's not cheap and certainly not free.

Is it better to release this into the world or bury your discovery? What will the impact be, socially and in other ways, to humans, society and the world in general of humans lasting much longer? Is it ethically right to allow this to go forward or is it better to deny it by destroying your notes and hiding in a cave someplace?

If you do release the process, what's the best way to go about it? Thinking...thinking...

You sit there, with The Washington Post on speeddial, pondering your options...

What do you do, my friend? What do you do?


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