Is it possible to live for 1000 years? According to Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey, it will be, and soon.
Ageing is just something that happens to our bodies due to different types of molecular and cellular damage. Science is getting incredibly powerful, and soon, we may be able to address the challenges our bodies face as we get older.
Think about this. In 1800, the life expectancy was 35! In 1900, it was 47. Today, it is 78.
The methods to repair these deficiencies are already in the works or in preliminary testing. It will take some more time, but within 15 – 20 years, with good progress, we will have the technology to get these methods available to humans.
No longer will we get old and frail as we age. Even people that are already old will be able to have damage repaired. As Aubrey puts it “I think the first person to live to 1,000 might be 60 already.”
Basically there are seven types of cellular and molecular damage that contribute to our body failing. These include cells that are lost and not replaced, and mutations in chromomes.
The question is: Do we want to live that long, and is it against God’s wishes? Personally, I would like to live that long. I don’t feel like I have enough time to experience everything in life in 80 some odd years. Think of how much you could do in 1000 years! Is it against God’s wishes? No, if it is possible, it is not against God’s will. Or at least that is my opinion. I’m sure you have a different one!
More on Aubrey here
Some other scientists have discovered that eating less 25% less than your recommended daily intake can increase the length of your life. I suppose the reasoning behind this is because peopel eat way too much food and our body is always digesting and never repairing itself. They are guessing with this reduciotn in food, you could live up to 140 years old, without the damage repair methods Aubrey is researching. You can read more about that story here.
As it is stated in the movie “The Fountain”, ageing is a disease!
Here is a nifty little Life expectancy calculator.