Happy 4th of July!
While Americans are celebrating with parades and barbeques today, some (like me) are hanging around the house. I’ve heard at least one wit call it a “staycation.” Fellow Humboldt Blogger Tom Sebourn’s staycation certainly sounds more fun than mine on the surface. He’s taking advantage of this beautiful day to explore Little River and Moonstone Beach.
I ran across this article while surfing the net today and got to wondering how long I might live, or how many more staycations lie ahead in my future?
“If Aubrey de Grey's predictions are right, the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born. And the first person to live for 1,000 years could be less than 20 years younger.
A biomedical gerontologist and chief scientist of a foundation dedicated to longevity research, de Grey reckons that within his own lifetime doctors could have all the tools they need to "cure" aging -- banishing diseases that come with it and extending life indefinitely.
De Grey's ideas may seem far-fetched, but $20,000 offered in 2005 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review journal for any molecular biologist who showed that de Grey's SENS theory was "so wrong that it was unworthy of learned debate" was never won.
The judges on that panel were prompted into action by an angry put-down of de Grey from a group of nine leading scientists who dismissed his work as "pseudo science."
They concluded that this label was not fair, arguing instead that SENS "exists in a middle ground of yet-to-be-tested ideas that some people may find intriguing but which others are free to doubt."