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SAGE KE Bulletin Board

RE: Ethics of and motivation for aging cure

29 May 2002

Alex F Bokov

Well put, sir!

The only thing that I can add is if a 'cure to aging' has no moral or economic benefit, then neither does a cure to anything else. "Why cure cancer? Why cure heart disease? People will get ill from some other cause anyway and if they don't, why that's bad too because then there will be unemployement?!"

To me, it's axiomatic that human life is worth prolonging. I hope I never rise so high above the legacy handed down to me by evolution to ever think otherwise.

Is it really the consequences of life prolongation we're worried about? Or are we worried about having to rethink the comfortable (if pessimistic) view of life and health we've resigned ourselves to?

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