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A Video Introduction to Aubrey de Grey: Renowned Gerontologist Moves Away from Immortality

2030 logoI first encountered Aubrey de Grey while reading his forward to my friend FM-2030’s book, Countdown to Immortality. Aubrey begins, “There’s something I think you should know as you read this foreword, and this book. I’m dying.” Aubrey goes into detail about his horrifying disease. Then, only at his conclusion, do we realize Aubrey is describing the “universal disease” of aging. It’s shocking. I marveled at Aubrey’s perfect kick off to my friend’s revolutionary book about the abundance that will accompany immortality.

I’ve always been in a great deal of denial about death. My friends and family think my denial is, at worst, pretty crazy, and at best, wishful thinking. Upon reading FM’s books, then later Aubrey’s books, and even later Ray Kurzweil’s books, I finally had scientific grounds to develop my own argument against these accusations of being in complete denial. It always surprises me how often even my most vivacious friends and contemporaries are resigned to think of death as everyone’s fate. Even the most logical people seem to romanticize death.  I incorporate Aubrey’s logic and parlance in my arguments because it so effectively negates this romantic, fateful perspective. I especially enjoy presenting Aubrey’s views to  people who think extended lifespan will take away from the preciousness of our existence – when really it’s most probably the reverse.

People tend toward big opinions and jump to conclusions when discussing longevity, but Aubrey’s brilliance is the sound logic and reason he brings to the table.  Aubrey touches on the hesitant commentary surrounding recent longevity research in approachable and easily digestible ways to better engage those uncertain about indefinite lifespan.  Aubrey’s work is focused on keeping people healthy for longer, a much more tangible approach than invoking myths about the fountain of youth. We absolutely need people like Aubrey de Grey to fight for longevity research (Google’s Calico certainly doesn’t hurt either).

“Introduction to Aubrey de Grey” Parts 1 and 2 are the first two videos in our Aubrey de Grey series.  These shorts address the important distinction between immortality and extending health to attain greater lifespan, Part 1 explains a bit about Aubrey’s background and how it led him to explore rejuvenation technologies. In Part 2, Aubrey discusses the importance of challenging how rigidly and archaically so many view aging.

Longevity is a very important topic to me – it is the impetus for a film we’re making, called 2030. Much like all of our Galactic Public Archives videos, the feature film delves into many subjects relating to our future, specifically focusing on attitudes about immortality and how immortality, if achieved in our lifetime, will surely alter all aspects of society.


About the Author:

Johnny-BostonJohnny Boston is a film maker  and creative director who grew up in Europe and is now living on the East coast. Johnny is currently working on film inspired by his friend, the futurist FM 2030.


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  • Matthew Bailey

    Because we need more Neo-reactionaries dominating the Transhumanist community.

  • RedneckCryonicist

    I read FM’s ebook Countdown to Immortality, and I laughed at his jetpacks-and-flying cars view of the future. His long-standing interest in a Life Support Suit reappears in that ebook as the Immortality Module, so. I went back to look at FM’s “specs” for that idea, if you could call them that, in his book Up-Wingers. I realized that he listed eight specific things that he wanted the Life Support Suit to do, and it turns out that you could probably build a prototype of one which meets up to six of those specs with current technology.

  • RedneckCryonicist

    Considering that FM kept going back to the idea of a Life Support Suit, the idea must have mattered a lot to him. Apparently he kept a notebook about it and drew at least one sketch about it.

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  • Is this a surprise? Aubrey is not a futurist, he is a scientist. He has to deal with scientists, falsifiability and credibility. If he surrenders to speculative excursions he loses the battle he is waging against scientific irrational deathism.

    Respect his sacrifice. I know Aubrey, he believes in the same things we all believe in, he just has to argue with one hand tied behind his back. The geriatric (pun intentional) science community sucks.

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