Tests raise life extension hopes – see news here
Possibly, this stuff, rapamycin, could be the next big internet scam. Acai berries are nearly done, same as Green Tea and Wheat Grass.
It’s an anti-biotic, found in 1970 on the bleak Pacific island called Easter Island. I’ve mentioned this place previously as a comparative parable of our times here:
Global Survival of the Human Race
And in a miraculous co-incidence, we are currently in conference to mitigate Climate Change(see here). A noted bunch of academics are saying that Kyoto was a waste of time (history proves this as emissions reductions and postitive action, not words, has been minimal), see here. Prince Charles in last night’s Dimbleby Lecture stressed the importance of living within our energy means.
So it’s all there, the willpower and the knowledge within our world leaders.
Now what we need is for the leaders to lead by example!
It’s simply not good enough to flit around in massive cars, telling everyone to button down their consumption.
To demonstrably lead, you must do as you expect others to do. Or nothing will change.
Easter Island is a wonderful example, in miniture, of the Earth. It had it’s leaders and it’s religions. It had literature and art. It had it’s conflict over limited resources.
It’s almost barren and windswept, lost in an ocean, a shadow of it’s former self. Trees weren’t growing as there were no seeds. Everything was chopped down and burnt in a last desparate struggle to survive by it’s inhabitants.
The few survivors, when found, were reduced to a bestial existence, incapable of even contemplating the construction of any more statues, for which the Island is now famous.
This will be us in our world, lost in the empty blackness of space, if we don’t do something now.
For our continued existence, it’s not rapamycin that we need to extend our lives. What we need is to realise that we live on a round world with limited resources. That’s all.