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Discussing "The Science of Radical Life Extension" with TED Books author David Ewing Duncan

Continuing with our series of TED Book Chats.... How long do you want to live, and why?

For the next two weeks, we'll be discussing David Ewing Duncan's new eBook, "When I'm 164", on the science of radical life extension. Duncan surveys the increasingly legitimate science — from genetics and regeneration to machine solutions — and considers the pluses and minuses of living to age 164, or beyond. We'll look at everything from the impact of extended life on cities, services, and the cost of living as well as what happens to love, curiosity, and general health.

The book is available for Kindle, Nook, and iOS devices (which have a great new custom TED Books app):

Kindle copy: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008XB16ME/
iOS app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ted-books/id511071050?mt=8

The New York Times also published an excerpt this week, you can read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/sunday-review/how-long-do-you-want-to-live.html

Finally, author David Ewing Duncan will be joining us for a live Q&A at 4pm EDT on September 11th!

Looking forward to our discussion!


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  • Aug 31 2012: What is important is not how long you live, but how you live. Living a long but depressing life is obviously not as good as a short but fulfilling life! However if I was given the chance to extend my life I might actually consider it, depending on the circumstances. If you really have a goal or passion which you can't see being achieve in one lifetime, why not get the chance to extend your life to see your dreams come true? I am sure we all have our own list of things-to-do-before-I-die, and depending on what is on the list, some people could be living forever =) But being able to die with all those wishes fulfilled, wouldn't that be a great way to go?

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