By Paul Miller
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Experimentation, argument and debate. And when it meets politics it becomes messier still. It is every scientist’s responsibility to shape and be shaped by what society wants from science, to listen to the public and to take their concerns seriously. Whatever one may feel about his theories, this is something that Aubrey de Grey is doing in a quite unique and valuable way. Notes 1 2 3 4 5 6 58 CBS, ‘The quest for immortality’, 60 Minutes, 1 Jan 2006. ’, Technology Review, Feb 2005. Ibid. ’, Wired Magazine, Nov 2002.
Second wave optimism At the head of this second wave of transhumanism was a former Olympic athlete turned novelist and futurologist who began life with the name Fereidoun M Esfandiary but ended it, in 2000, with a far more ethereal moniker: FM-2030. The son of an Iranian diplomat, Esfandiary had lived in 17 countries by the time he was 11 years old, and while he would spend most of his life in the United States, his early nomadic existence clearly defined him and the philosophy he would bring to the transhumanist oeuvre.
For this achievement, Metchnikoff was awarded the 1908 Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine. Metchnikoff didn’t shy away from suggesting that science had brought humankind to the brink of a new and remarkable era. ‘The human condition as it exists today, being the result of a long evolution and containing a large animal element, cannot furnish the basis of rational mortality,’ he wrote in his 1910 book, The Prolongation of Life. ‘The conception which has come down from antiquity to modern times .