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:

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

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...

8 thoughts on “THE TRANSHUMANISM SCRAPBOOK: LIFE EXTENSION BY SWITCHING OFF GENES”

  1. Can you say “Enki”? How about “Ninharsag”? Try “Tower of Babel moment”. Say “slave race”. Remember that those up through Noah (who was probably Enki’s offspring via a human mother – or an implant) had radically-long lifespans. Humans – like Enoch. Then, something was ‘changed’. And, not by a monotheistic God. But, by the ‘gods’…

  2. Check out http://www.lef.org (Life Extension Foundation) and see what progress is being made by independent researchers.

    The old question still stands: Will we be the last generation to die or the first to live substantially longer lives?

    1. Lef is a good company, has a free monthly magazine and website that is filled with educational info. A lot of their products have even gone gmo free. As far as deleting genes go, I’ve got a few I wouldn’t mind purging, but probably not a good idea to mess around with that type of thing. Maybe mankind screwed themselves up. By blowing up a planet in our solar system they messed with the structure of the deep and the astrological effects that planet had on our bodies. Or maybe we were originally from that planet, and being farther away from the sun allowed us to live longer. Oh and they didn’t have gm food in ancient times

  3. Why would one want to live longer if health both mental and physical is not part of this package. And what would be the purpose of this life extension and it’s effect of this on the political landscape for good or ill.

    1. It is called “Adding years to your life and life to your years”. The whole idea is that you stay younger much longer. 90 becomes the new 45 etc. You age slower and stay healthier. You healthspan increases with your lifespan.

  4. My last comment didn’t post for some reason so here goes again… The selfish few clearly have tech that is slowing the aging process down.

    How many 90 year olds (the age of the Duke when the article was published) do you know who are capable of racing a horse and carriage at break neck speed?!?! The brain dead amongst us will always respond with “Ah yes, but he’s lived a privileged life and has had the best of everything hence his exceptional superman like strength.” Those of us that are willing to think critically (personally I think this is more like common sense) will realise that this is not normal for a person of his age.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1268414/Prince-Philip-injured-carriage-ponies-bolt.html

    If they can live 60% longer then did the Qu3en M0ther really die at 102 or was it a staged event while she lives out her life out of public sight? After all, if she’d lived any longer the plebs would surely start to ask questions.

  5. The selfish few clearly have access to some age defying tech. Just as the good Doc says, take a look at the Duke 0f Ed1nburgh who is now 96 years old and is still riding horses as though they were children’s rides. Yes, I know he’s had the best of everything all his life but we all should succumb to time an its wear and tear on our body’s. With that in mind, how many 96 year olds do you know who are capable of this kind of physical exertion?!?! Like everyone else, I have known plenty of people live into their 80’s and 90’s but there was no way on earth they could have raced a carriage at break neck speed like he does (see the attached story and pictures NB: he is 90 at the time of the article). Most youngsters would not have the strength and struggle to handle this kind of activity let alone someone nearing 100!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1268414/Prince-Philip-injured-carriage-ponies-bolt.html

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