19 MAR 2015 by ideonexus

 Can Identity Survive a 200-Year Lifespan?

Walter Glannon has argued that a lifespan of 200 years or more would be undesirable because personal identity could not be persevered over such a long life (Glannon 2002). Glannon’s argument presupposes that personal identity (understood here as a determinant of our prudential concerns) depends on psychological connectedness. On this view, we now have prudential interests in a future time segment of our organism only if that future time segment is psychologically connected to the organismâ€...
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From Nick Bostrom's "Why I Want to be a Posthuman When I Grow Up"

28 MAY 2013 by ideonexus

 Shorter People Live Longer

The study was conducted to evaluate one aspect of the entropy theory of aging, which hypothesizes that aging is the result of increasing disorder within the body, and which predicts that increasing mass lowers life span. The first evaluation of the impact of human size on longevity or life span in 1978, which was based on data for decreased groups of athletes and famous people in the USA, suggested that shorter, lighter men live longer than their taller, heavier counterparts. In 1990, a study...
Folksonomies: lifespan size longevity
Folksonomies: lifespan size longevity
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5 years on average. Suggesting the medical community's focus on encouraging parents to grow big children is misguided as it may be shortening their lifespans.

14 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 A Early Definition of Human Social Progress

Disease is largely a removable evil. It continues to afflict humanity, not only because of incomplete knowledge of its causes and lack of individual and public hygiene, but also because it is extensively fostered by harsh economic and industrial conditions and by wretched housing in congested communities. ... The reduction of the death rate is the principal statistical expression and index of human social progress. It means the saving and lengthening of lives of thousands of citizens, the ext...
Folksonomies: medical lifespan quality
Folksonomies: medical lifespan quality
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That emphasizes a reduction in the death rate and argues that this is something we can do through education and improving the quality of life.

26 OCT 2011 by ideonexus

 Seven Steps to Achieve a 90% Chance of Living to 90 or 100

1. GET ACTIVE: Inactivity can shave almost four years off a person's expected lifespan. People who are physically inactive are twice as likely to be at risk for heart disease or stroke. 2. KNOW AND CONTROL CHOLESTEROL LEVELS: Almost 40 per cent of Canadian adults have high blood cholesterol, which can lead to the build up of fatty deposits in your arteries − increasing your risk for heart disease and stroke. 3. FOLLOW A HEALTHY DIET: Healthy eating is one of the most important things...
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If people adhere to these seven habits, they dramatically increase the number of years they can live.