Opposition to life extension
The opposition to life extension is a stream of thought which focuses on the dangers posed either by life extension technologies, or object from a more philosophical point of view.
The potential to entrench undesirable power structures makes many people sceptical.
What if Rupert Murdoch could live forever?
In February 2016 Aubrey de Grey and Brian Kennedy of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging argued against Ian Ground and Paul Root Wolpe of the Emory Center for Ethics whether lifespans are 'long enough'. The debate led to a swing in support towards life extension.
Currently there are many practical health and social concerns associated with mainstream idea of 'life extension'
- Loss of physical and mental health in old age
- Loneliness and other poor indicators of overall life satisfaction
Immortality or longevity in fiction are well established tropes. Typically the immortal race or character is disadvantaged in some place, perhaps bound to a limited source of energy, culturally or politically stagnant, or simply plain evil and destructive.
From the earliest Greek deities to modern sparkly vampires, to be long lived or immortal is to be experience suffering, disability and often death at the hands of adversaries.