Simply put, Rejuvenaction is an advocacy blog meant to spread awareness about the problem of human ageing and what could be done to bring about the end of this problem within a few decades.
No, it’s neither a joke, nor about snake oil supplements to part a bunch of fools from their money. It’s about hopefully relatively-soon-to-be rejuvenation biotechnologies to bring the biological clock of people back to about 25 years of age, so that regardless of their chronological age, they can be as healthy as they were when they were young adults.
Going too deep into the details of the topic would be rather redundant, since Rejuvenaction does it already. What I want to do here is providing a very brief introduction to the topic, with the hope interested readers will then move on to Rejuvenaction, and eventually to SENS, LEAF, Fight Aging! and all the other more specific online resources.
I’m going to keep this introduction short and to the point.
What are we talking about?
As said, we’re talking about true, genuine rejuvenation. Medical treatments that can turn an 80-year-old into a 25-year-old again (or at least that’s the idea). Needless to say, this doesn’t mean that your brain is reset back 55 years and you forgot all that happened to you during that time, or anything crazy like that. It means that you may be 80 years old, but your body looks, feels, and functions like that of a 25-year-old. Period.
What aren’t we talking about?
We aren’t talking about living longer in a decrepit body, or immortality (no matter how young and healthy, one can still die in an accident after all), or a modest increase in lifespan, or cosmetics, or ‘ageing gracefully’ (whatever that may mean), or being ‘healthy for your age’, or ’embracing ageing’, or dressing up ageing into any sort of cute and inspiring metaphors to hide the rather self-evident fact that biological ageing sucks. Oh, and as said above, we’re not talking about sending you back in time or wiping your brain back to when you were a toddler.
Why would we want to do this?
- Like it or not, after you hit a certain age your health goes downhill and you become very, very sick and dependent on others even to wipe your own arse. Is there any age when you’d like to be like that? I didn’t think so.
- Once you’ve been sick enough, your body gives up and you die. Assuming you were always perfectly healthy (which rejuvenation would allow you to be), would you have a good reason to die? Moreover, do we generally regard dying as a good thing? Again, I didn’t think so.
- Before you die of ageing, you become a burden on your family and on society, again like it or not. If you were always young and healthy, this would not happen.
- How could we do this?
The so-called maintenance approach is gaining a lot of traction these days. In a nutshell, the idea is that of periodically repairing the damage the body accumulates as a side effect of its normal operations with the passing of time—which is pretty much what ageing is, according to modern science. Whether this approach will actually lead to the desired result is still unclear, because it hasn’t been tried out on humans yet, but one thing is certain: The data is looking good, and we’ll never know for a fact how far we can get this way until we try.
- Are you sure this is not a joke?
Why does this need advocacy?
Because, believe it or not, people come up with all sorts of crazy theories about why ageing is supposedly good for you (it isn’t), mix up chronological and biological ageing, commit all kinds of logical fallacies and mental gymnastics to justify the unjustifiable, and are eager to get back to their everyday life where they can pretend (at least for a while) that the ill health of old age will never be their problem. Research funding for ageing is pitifully minuscule, and without decent support from the public it ain’t gonna get any better any time soon.
- What would be the benefits of this whole affair?
Many and varied.
- But have you thought that—
Yes, I most likely already have.
- How could I help, if I wanted to?
It depends on the level of commitment you want/can offer. You can:
- I need to think about this…
Sure thing. That’s why I am writing this post. Just keep in mind one thing: tempus fugit.