Attitudes towards life extension

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Attitudes towards life extension are varied.

Arguments against life extension include areas of technical, individualistic, and social/environmental. Such a positions comprises much of the sceptical and conservative base, however public attitudes when asked are apparently more liberal.


A 2015 study by Heath Extension makes a number of observations based on a survey of 1000 Americans:[1]

  • Most (65%) of people want to live only as old as 85 with currently limited levels of physical and mental youthfulness
  • However given guaranteed physical and mental health:

Observations indicate that previous pessimistic attitudes towards life extension are significantly predicated upon these individualistic health factors.


A 2019 study suggested 1 in 5 American's were open to living indefinitely.[2]

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