Attitudes towards life extension
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.
- 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:
- 80% wanted to live to 120 or longer
- 53% were interested in an indefinite lifespan
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.