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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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  • Sep 11 2012: Goodness. There will have to be a lot more developments before we can live so long. Having been diagnosed with cancer in my 30s has changed my mind about wanting to live for a long time. The longer you live, the more opportunity there is to experience shocking tragedies in yourself, or those you love. I realize there is also more time to have wonderful experiences, but the unexpected tragedies would build up and can take years to recover from, interfering with the ability to have positive experiences.
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      Sep 11 2012: Most people have been asking about the technologies of life extension, but more than half the book is about the implication of this tech should it succeed - I have asked hundreds of people to tell me why they would want to live to age 150, or not, and unexpected tragedies is high on the list of those who have reservations about living to 150. Other reasons include the cost of living so long, boredom, and the impact on the planet with so many people not dying. (Pluses include having more time to do things, space travel, seeing what happens in the future, and more). I would love for people to buy the book and check out all of the upsides and downsides!

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