What would you do if the very means by which you said your life had no meaning suddenly gave your life meaning? Tony Nicklinson is having just that problem.
So just a few days ago [and this will probably become a famous remark in the history of social networking], he wrote this: “Hello world. [...]
Adam Lee asks and answers that very question:
My guess is that when life-extending technology is invented, the clerics and fundamentalists – the people most invested in religious belief – will denounce it as the ultimate violation of God’s plan, and will probably outlaw it wherever they have the power; but the vast majority [...]
Michael Wolff says what must be said: in our desperate attempt to advance medicine we have created a population of millions who suffer because we will not let them die – every life is worth ending.
This is not anomalous; this is the norm.
The traditional exits, of a sudden heart attack, of dying [...]
I am an advocate of pursuing anti-aging medicine. What does that mean? It means I support research that would create medical techniques and pharmaceuticals that would prevent age-related health issues, like muscle wasting, mental decay, lowered immune response, and heart disease. It also means I support the right of someone to refuse certain medical treatments based [...]
The former title is sexier, the latter is truer to the theme of the book.
Drew Magary’s The Postmortal is my target of investigation in my latest Science Not Fiction post.
Human beings do not settle down because they age anymore than people have quarter-life or midlife or three-quarter life crises because [...]
Yes, there are ways to be grossly unhealthy, but it turns out that genes and luck have a huge determining factor in how long you get to kick around on this planet:
The study, appearing Aug. 3 in the online edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, followed the lives of [...]
One of my favorite rebuttals to literalist Bible thumpers is that someone has already broken God’s upper limit of 120 – Jeanne Calment made it to 122. But everyone else is hitting the rev-limiter at 115. Will Oremus at Slate’s Future Tense investigates why:
Body schema is hard to explain. It’s not how your body is qualitatively. That’s just a set of numbers (height in inches, weight in pounds, BMI, physical age, bone density, vision quality, how much you can lift, etc.). Body schema is the way your brain interprets those numbers and projects a subjective idea of how [...]
AboutPop Bioethics, written by Kyle Munkittrick, is an effort to study the ethics of the continuing evolution of the human species via the lens of pop culture and be somewhat entertaining in the process.