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
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 408 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released August 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017
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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.
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.