THE TRANSHUMANISM SCRAPBOOK: LIFE EXTENSION BY SWITCHING OFF GENES
This is another of those articles that people sent that I know, when I saw it, that I would be blogging about it. It went straight to the "finals" folder, because it prompted questions, but not the usual ones that one might think. Here's the story:
It has been speculated by bio-scietists for some time that the human genetic code seems to indicate that we should live much longer, on average, than we actually do. The real mystery is, why do we die so comparatively young? For some time, scientists have speculated that there's some sort of inherent "off switch" to the genetic could, and that if one could but find it, and turn the "off switch" off, so to speak, one might be able to live longer.
Well, voila, it appears they've found the off switch and are turning it off.
But this raises all sorts of "high octane speculation" questions. The first of these is, if the human genome, when viewed objectively and without biases of custom of tradition, seems to indicate much longer life spans are possible, then who turned the "off switches" on in the first place? And why? And, by a process of study of the historical rise of haplogroups, can the approximate time and place when this was done be discovered? Was it, therefore, the result, not of someone's deliberate action, but rather of a response to a natural or environmental phenomenon?
Human religious traditions already have an answer to some of these questions, and the answer is overwhelmingly in favor of the "deliberate action" scenario, from the texts of Mesopotamia, including the Old Testament, to the Mayan Popol Vuh of Mesoamerica. And the answers are remarkably consistent: mankind had either offended or become a threat to "the gods," who stepped in and limited his lifespan.
But there's another high octane speculation lurking in the wings here. Most readers here are probably aware of at least one or two individuals within "the power elite" that seem not only to live long lives, but to age exceptionally slowly. Queen Elizabeth II comes to mind. Could it be that the very wealthy and powerful have already privately developed, and accessed, such technologies?
The old adage that public revelations of technology lag behind their private and secrect and covert development by two or three decades comes to mind here, and there's no reason to assume that this aphorism applies only to the technologies of physics and chemistry.
See you on the flip side...
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