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eBook Finding the Fountain of Youth: The Science and Controversy behind Extending Life and Cheating Death, 1st Edition

  • Aharon W. Zorea
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  • ISBN-10: 1440837996
  • ISBN-13: 9781440837999
  • DDC: 612.6
  • 408 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released August 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017
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Overview

Separating truth from hype, this book introduces readers to the topic of life extension in a holistic manner that provides scientific, historical, and cultural perspectives.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Contents.
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
The History of Antiaging from Myth to Modern Science: A Chronological History of an Idea.
1: Myth, Magic, and Folklore: Immortality in the Eras Before Science.
2: Changes in Religious Faith and the Rise of Antiaging Science.
3: Enlightened Aging.
4: Antiaging in the Industrial Age.
5: Antiaging in the 21st Century: From Theory to Practice.
Modern Paths to the Fountain of Youth: A Topical Approach to the Practice of Antiaging.
6: What is Life, That We May Extend It?.
7: What is Death, That We Might Delay It?.
8: What Makes Us Look Younger?.
9: What Makes Us Feel Younger?.
10: What Kills Us (and How Can We Escape)?.
11: What Can We Do Now to Extend Our Lives Without a Prescription?.
12: What Can We Do Now to Extend Our Lives with a Prescription and Future Technology?.
Views from the Experts: An Anthology of Views on the Implications of a Successful Antiaging Movement from a Spectrum of Disciplines.
13: Question: Can Science Really Develop a Fountain of Youth?.
14: Yes—The Prospect of Eventually Finding a Scientific Equivalent of the Fountain of Youth is Possible, Eventually.
15: No—The Human Life Span is not Easily Adjustable, But Longer Lives of Healthy Living are Possible.
16: Question: Does Youthfulness Breed Recklessness?.
17: Yes—If Society Remains Preoccupied by Youthful Lifestyles and Neglects Wisdom, It Will Breed Recklessness.
18: Maybe—Persistent Youthful Immaturity is Determined by Individuals’ Character, not Age.
19: No—An Older Population Will Likely Result in More Conservative Behaviors.
20: Question: Will the Benefits of Very Long Life Spans Outweigh the Social Costs?.
21: No—The Price of Radical Life Extension is Greater than Mere Money.
22: No—The Overemphasis on Vitality Will Likely Undermine the Subtle Nature of Moral Character.
23: Yes—Extended Life Spans Will not Substantially Change Human Nature.
24: Question: How Would a Successful Antiaging Technology Affect Faith?.
25: Jewish View—Immortality is Promised by God, But Only Faith Can Secure It.
26: Catholic View—The Quest for Life on Earth Distracts From the Ultimate Reality of Life in Heaven.
27: Islamic View—Mortal Death is Inevitable, and the Promise of a Fountain of Youth is Deceptive to Both Faith and Man.
28: Protestant View—The Fountain of Youth Attempts to Substitute Divine Salvation with Human Salvation.
29: Agnostic View—Extended Life Provides New Opportunities for Learning, Rendering Faith Less Necessary.
30: Atheist View—Religious Faith Suppresses the Natural Evolution That Human Technology Promises.
References for Further Reading.
About the Author and Contributors.
Index.