There is an aggressive strand of the anti-aging movement that is already claiming that human beings can and should live a thousand years or more and remain, forever young.
Aubrey De Grey is devoting his life to finding ways to “thwart the ageing process.” Using an approach he calls “Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence” (SENS), he hopes to reverse human aging and open the door to immortality.
Despite De Grey’s considerable enthusiasm, an independent scientific review of SENS has concluded that none of his proposed therapies “has ever been shown to extend the lifespan of any organism, let alone humans.”
In the manner of all true believers, De Grey insists that these criticisms merely highlight the gap in understanding between conventional scientists and the researchers who work on the frontier of regenerative medicine.
I think that his work helps illustrate how deeply the Denialist fantasy has burrowed into the human mind.
It is better to live and love in one’s own season than to fantasize about being the first human being to obliterate the reality of one’s own aging self.