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The war on ageing: what's wrong with fighting the ravages of time? John A. Vincent. When is banana ripe?. Winning The War Against Aging
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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/90387.phpThe war on ageing
My research is based on an examination of the language and cultural concepts used in anti-ageing science and medicine.
Four types of anti-ageing based on biological and medical science can be identified.
Scientific attempts to hide, postpone or relieve the symptoms of biological ageing
(i) cosmetic – powder and paint, anti-wrinkle cream to disguise the signs of ageing
(ii) prophylactic – exercise and diet or vitamin pills to stave off the onset of physical ageing and its signs
(iii) compensatory – viagra, HRT designed to re-invigorate failing functions to a youthful standard.
1) Why death should not be dreaded
2) Why death is a natural part of the ‘rhythm of life’.
3) Why the human life span is long enough
4) Why the social cost of prolonging human life is too high.
1) The intrinsic value of longevity – gain experience, knowledge, wisdom (?) with increased life.
2) The intrinsic value of life – all life is good so the more the better. [this is the one that convinces Overall most.]
3) The right to life – ones share of life doesn’t get used up or run out. Inequalities of life expectancy are unfair.
4) Advances in health care and other contributions to human well-being – life can only get better [cannot stop science, gain from increased knowledge and experience of those who have already acquired knowledge]
The great investment of time, resources, and cultural ingenuity to find ways to live longer and if possible for ever, have consequences for old age. Fantasies of immortality are bad for older people.