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Live long enough to live forever,
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This review is from: Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever (Paperback)
It must be hard for a serious scientist working towards the goal of human immortality to be taken seriously, in the same way as I'm sure it is for those astronomers who spend inordinate amounts of time looking for signs of intelligence from the heavens. Immortality, like aliens, have been so done-to-death in fiction that it's hard for rational thinkers to treat it as being anything other than a fantasy or a myth. In a way, it's worse for immortality -- living forever has been a central part of so many legends (and has been portrayed in such a way) to cause most of us to consider it almost as though it's an impossible dream -- or worse, that it's somehow fundamentally forbidden by the universe.
And yet... why should it be forbidden? Is there really some fundamental magic or spirituality that causes people to age because it's the 'right' thing for humans to do? An increasing number of sane and serious scientists are beginning to think that perhaps effective immortality is not impossible after all.
To help swallow the idea that immortality is possible, it may be useful to realise that immortality doesn't have to be achieved all at once, and as long as there's enough time to figure it out, we will get there. Fortunately, the in-roads made as part of working towards immortality do exactly that -- give us more time!
It has been reported recently that human life expectancy has increased by about 3.5 years in the last 6 years. Some thinkers believe that it will be possible to increase human life expectancy by 1 year PER YEAR within perhaps a decade or two. If this becomes a reality, immortality has effectively happened and gives those working on it plenty of extra time to REALLY make it happen.
Look at longevity another way. If someone could guarantee you an extra year of healthy life to be tagged onto the end of your current 'allotted lifetime', how much would it be worth to you? Thousands? Tens of thousands?
In which case, how much extra time would reading this book have to add onto your life for it to be worth the few pounds it costs?
This book really could change your life... and as your life might turn out to last longer than you expected, that might be a more important thing than you can currently imagine.