How To Live Forever published on Amazon

I was going to wait for another few months before publishing, but as I haven’t made a lot of changes to the book in the last few months, I thought I’d better just release it.

So, I’ve published the book, “How to Live Forever – through science, medicine, and philosophy” on Amazon’s Kindle store. I prefer Google’s PlayBooks for my own reading, but when I went to upload the book there, Google apparently don’t want any new authors or something – there was a message saying that no new “partners” could submit their work.

To prepare the book, I wrote a script that takes the website database and converts it into one long HTML file, and imported that through Calibre to create an ePub file, which Amazon accepted for the eBook version.

I’m still working my way through the requirements for the print version. When that’s done, I’m sure there will be updates to push back to the eBook version!

Releasing the book on PlayStore

My book (How to Live Forever) has been sitting on the front end of the website for months now, The original plan was to try pull people in to see if I could figure out from their behaviour what chapters need fleshing out or rewriting.

I’ve actually avoided adding new chapters (a chapter on vaccination, for example) because I was waiting for readership data.

A recap for those that don’t know the book: it’s an overview of what we know about what kills us, along with bleeding-edge solutions to those problems. I cover information such as using the surface based body shape index to calculate ideal weight and waist size (here’s my SBSI calculator), FOXO4-DRI for killing senescent cells, and even philosophical solutions such as the mathematical universe and quantum immortality.

I think I’m going to kickstart this by releasing the book on the Google Playstore for about €1. If I put it up there for free, people might download it, but won’t feel tempted to read it, but if they have to actually pay for it, they may feel the need to justify that payment by actually reading it.

I will include links in the book back to the website, so people can look for more uptodate versions of each chapter (medicine evolves!).

To get started on this, I’ve been looking for automated HTML to book-format PDF or eBook translation scripts. I could simply copy/paste the entire book into an eBook editor and clean up the formatting by hand, but I want to eventually be able to provide bi-monthly updates to the Playstore version, so it needs to be automated.

Luckily, I’ve been planning for this since the beginning, so the book is written in a logical format that can easily be extracted from the database.

There are actually very few books called “how to live forever” which literally are about how to live forever. Most of those I’ve found online are novels or religious diatribes. I feel like there will be little competition here.

The cover – I’m not an arty person, so I think I’ll do something plain. I like the cover of Yuval Noah Harari’s “Homo Deus”, which is plain black with red wording. I might go for something similar but with a textured background.

how to live forever book

As you are probably aware, this blog is basically a portal into my book, which is a science-based approach to not dying.

I originally created this blog based on the idea that if I talked about the various topics in the book, then while talking about the topics, I may come up with better ways to explain the thoughts, and also come across new discoveries based on those topics.

A side-effect I had hoped would come about from the blog, was that people finding the website through Google would teach me what keywords they were searching for, and so I could expand on those topics to become more expert in them.

Mostly, this has not worked, because the book is about things that millions of people talk about every day, and so people that are far more informed and verbose than I am are writing better blogs than me.

What I found, though, is that niche information, such as on the FOXO4 DRI peptide, or on SBSI calculators, is not written about a lot online, so it’s easy to be found for those keywords.

I would be happy if there was a lot of information available about those so I could expand further into the topics, but I seem to have exhausted it!

The SBSI calculation research does not appear to be going any further than the original paper, so there’s not much more that can be written about it (if I’m wrong, please tell me!)

As for the FOXO4 DRI, it is still too expensive for me to afford so I can’t write anything from personal experience, there is still no information about human clinical trials, and those people that are self-testing don’t appear to be writing about it much either.

But, I will keep plugging away!

There are books out there already called similar names such as “how to live forever”, etc, but they are usually fiction and/or religious. It’s hard to explain to Google that when people search for “live forever”, what they’re really looking for is a non-fiction how-to; not a feel-good story or book of moral diatribe.

How to Live Forever

A recap on what I’m trying to do.

Aubrey de Grey famously said that the first person to live to a thousand is probably already 60 years old today. I note he will soon be 60 himself – perhaps it’s him?

For thousands of years, people have been dying of accidents, malnutrition, disease and age. And for most of that time, we haven’t had a clue what was going on. What is disease? What is malnutrition? What does aging actually mean?

Today, we can examine all of these things scientifically. We have more than 7,000,000,000 people on the planet, and when one dies or gets sick, the data from that can be used to figure out why, and potentially stop it from happening again.

We now know with almost perfect certainty what we need to keep from starving, either from lack of food in general, or from specific nutrients.

We are on the cusp of curing all diseases. Even cancer is just another milestone waiting for us to conquer it, and we are constantly finding clues that will eventually lead to its extermination.

Age is on the edge of being cured as well, as we discover what exactly does “aging” actually mean, biologically, and figure out ways of stopping it. The most astounding of these is the FOXO4 peptide, which can kill senescent (old) cells and leave others alone.

I wrote the book “Live Forever” because I wanted to learn for myself what we know about dying and how we can stop it. It’s basically a distillation of all of these separate ideas, boiled down to a book that I hope is readable, entertaining, and not too technical.

I have included quantum immortality in the book because I think the idea is fascinating, and I can’t find any solid reason why it can’t be true. Besides, even if it is not true, if you were to live as if you are in a quantum multiverse or mathematical universe, and immortality is a natural consequence of these ideas, then the world would be a much nicer place for yourself and for others.

I would love to hear any thoughts you have about it.

Statistics-based book improvements

Yesterday, I finished the software framework of the website enough that I could put up the text content of each chapter.

I left out the images for now, and will probably need to fix up the references, but it’s basically all there.

As I was copying over the information, I left out one or two chapters because they might not be good enough even for a basic read-through. I left out chapters on nutrition, and on how a person should live if they want to live forever without worrying about money, etc.

I want to talk a little more about the software end of the website, because it’s going to be helping out in the next few years, telling me what pages are the worst in the book.

The basic idea I have is that the measurement of how readable a page is, is how many people clicked from it into the next page.

I’ve broken the book down into chapters and sections. Each section is a stand-alone article discussing a specific topic. For example, the “mathematical universe” in the “quantum immortality” chapter is a defined topic, so can be separated into a whole section on its own.

Each section will have multiple “variations”, with very slight wording changes, image changes, etc. The idea is that visitors to the website will be given a random variation of the section that they want to read, and I will then be able to measure how interesting and readable that variation was, by how many people finished reading it and clicked on “Next” at the bottom to go to the next section (link not yet added at this moment – will add that this evening).

If statistics are kept for hundreds or thousands of reads, then a pretty accurate statement can be said about which section variation is “better” than any other one, because there is a definite goal: the reader should want to go to the next page.

It’s important that the statistics be done over as broad a number of reads as possible, because search engines will read the whole book anyway, as will scrapers, so a larger sample set is needed to help dampen down those effects.

This can be helped, though, by having the statistics-gathering engine only attached to the section using event-based javascript, so if you’re looking at any gathered data, it’s more likely that it describes a human reading the section than a robot.

Another issue is that sometimes someone will come to the book through a search engine for a specific topic, and leave after reading that section. In those cases, how do we know how well written the section was?

The solution I’ll use here is that sections themselves will be broken down into artificial “pages”. If someone clicks through each page of a section, then it’s good, and if a high percentage stop reading at a certain point, then that indicates a page that needs work.

Reading through the pure text of the book at the moment, I know it’s not very good, but I expect that over the next few months, it will improve dramatically.

Live Forever – the blog

This short article is an introduction to what I’m trying to achieve here, and how.

I started writing a book on how to live forever a few years ago, but never got much beyond the first few pages.

It’s becoming more and more probable that the first person to live to two hundred has already been born, so I wanted to create a book that would describe the current state of research, and ideas on how we can achieve full immortality (not just life extension)/

I have enough content in the book now that I can start putting together a website for it.

My idea is that by putting the entire content of the book online, I can use split-testing to try make it better, by carefully analysing what pages of the book lead to people moving onto the next page, etc.

With the book, I am trying to be as factual as possible about everything, with references for everything that might be contentious.

For the most part, the book’s content is general knowledge – don’t smoke, avoid obesity, exercise – but there is a lot of stuff that people don’t know about, and that sounds really crazy (for want of a better word!) at first hearing.

You’ve probably never heard of NAD+, FOXO4 peptides, or telomere lengthening, for example.

These are properly researched methods to keep your body’s cells young. You will have heard, for example, that red wine is good for you because of something called Resveretrol. Well, David Sinclair, the scientist behind that research went on to research something else called NAD. It turns out there is very solid evidence that this extends life in mice, and there are human trials that suggest the same thing. Of course, we live longer than mice, so we won’t be certain of this for a long time, but the evidence is strong enough that Sinclair and his team take the NMN supplement themselves (which increases NAD in your cells).

On the crazy side, I’ve also written about Quantum Immortality – the idea that you cannot die, because there are infinite universes and there will always be at least one in which you (or an exact clone, right down to the memories) will wake up tomorrow – which is not really as mad as it sounds. Especially if you compare it with some ideas that various religions state as fact.