Lifespans Are (Not) Long Enough
"What if we didn’t have to grow old and die? The average American can expect to live for 78.8 years, an improvement over the days before clean water and vaccines, when life expectancy was closer to 50, but still not long enough for most of us. So researchers around the world have been working on arresting the process of aging through biotechnology and finding cures to diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer. What are the ethical and social consequences of radically increasing lifespans? Should we accept a “natural” end, or should we find a cure to aging?"
On February 3rd, 2016, SRF's Chief Science Officer Aubrey de Grey joined forces with Buck Institute for Research on Aging President/CEO Brian Kennedy to oppose the motion that "Lifespans Are Long Enough", in a debate hosted at New York's Kaufman Center by Intelligence2 Debates. The team proposing the motion comprised Paul Root Wolpe, Director of the Emory Center for Ethics, and Ian Ground of the UK's Newcastle University.
The event included pre- and post-debate audience votes. While both sides gained ground relative to the opening numbers, the Againsts secured a solid victory - having won over almost twice as many of the initially-undecided audience members as their opponents.