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Concerns and Implications

You would think that the majority of people would support the development of medical science that helps people live healthier and longer lives; however, quite understandably, the idea raises some concerns for certain people.

We talk to many people about aging research, and we encounter a wide range of views and concerns about using science to achieve longer, healthier lifespans, so we have compiled a series of articles that take a look at some of the more common issues and concerns surrounding increased human lifespans.

There are potentially massive changes coming to medicine and how we regard aging and treat age-related diseases in the next few decades. With these changes comes the potential for people to live longer and healthier lives thanks to the development of new therapies that directly target the various aging processes in order to delay, prevent, or even reverse age-related diseases.

However, the realization that these changes are coming, perhaps even in our lifetime, raises a number of concerns and objections to the suggestion of increasing healthy human lifespan. Some of these concerns are perfectly understandable but are often based on logical fallacies -that is, the argument contains logically invalid reasoning.

While increased human longevity will almost certainly bring challenges with it; however, overcoming challenges and adapting is something that we, as a species, are very good at. We have addressed some of the more common concerns below.

Overpopulation is a common concern when it comes to longer lives.
Fear that only the rich will access longevity therapies is common.
Immortal dictators is a common topic around longevity therapies.
Eternal boredom is a common concern when it comes to longer lives.
Some worry that cultural stagnation will result from increased lifespans.
Some people suggest that longer lives would lead to a loss of motivation.
Some people suggest life extension is unnatural or is against being human.
Some worry that resources will run out as a result from increased lifespans.
A common concern is that longer life will mean increasing frailty.
A common concern is that pensions will change if people live longer.
A common objection to longer life is one of the good of humanity vs the individual.
There are other priorities than aging is a frequent objection to increased lifespans.
Some believe this reasearch is simply driven by a fear of death.
Death is inevitable so there’s no point trying to live longer is a less common objection.
It won’t happen in my lifetime is a common argument against longevity technology.