Considerable life extension and three views on the meaning of life

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Picture this. You are having your regular medical checkup, when, all of a sudden, the physician turns to you and says: “Oh, did I remember to mention that you can now live forever?” You look at the doctor enquiringly and she goes on: “Well, it’s not actual immortality, you know, but they’ve invented this treatment—I don’t have the full details—that stops aging, getting physically older. It might not be for everyone, but you seem to be a suitable candidate. You could still die of accidents and illness, of course, but they’ve calculated that with care and any luck you should live to be a thousand, as opposed to the hundred or so that you would now have. And in a millennium, techniques will advance further, so there could be more in store for you after that.”
Original languageEnglish
JournalCQ : Cambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics : the International journal for healthcare ethics committees
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)21-29
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2011
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy

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