How To Live Forever
The short version of the book is this:
- Use your BMI to find your ideal weight, and then use SBSI to get your ideal waist size.
- Have a fully nutritious diet. Think of using future foods such as Soylent, Huel, or Jimmy Joy your main meal.
- Don't smoke. Seriously. Smoking causes more than just cancer.
- Drinking one alcoholic drink a day is better for you than not drinking at all (10% lower mortality). Drinking more than one per day (or binge drinking) is bad for you.
- 75 minutes of moderate exercise a week is enough exercise to lower your mortality risk by 31%.
- Wear a smart watch and use the Cardiogram app. It can detect the cause of 15% of strokes.
- Eat less. Restricting your calories delays the onset of cancer, as well as other diseases such as diabetes.
- Consider using NMN supplements to help your cells repair themselves.
- Consider using FOXO4-blocking peptides to kill off the senescent cells that just keep hanging around making you old (when they're cheaper, and preferably after human trials).
- When it's more readily available, get your telomere's lengthened. so you can live past the 120-year Hayflick limit.
- Even further in the future, consider having your brain uploaded.
- And finally, relax - you may be immortal already.
That's basically it. You can put the book down now.
But, if you feel about reading more into these, please do - I didn't write all this stuff just for the good of my health, you know!
You will live forever.
In the last few centuries, human lifespans have increased. We comfortably expect our friends and families to live into their 60s and 70s.
As we focus on the causes of death and cure or avoid them, we steadily push this limit further and further back.
We can replace almost every part of our bodies now with artificial prostheses. In some cases, the new organs are better than the originals.
We are living in an age where the disease we expect to die of when we are old, will be eradicated by the time we get to the point where we would expect it to happen.
We will soon be able to “upload” our minds into computers, making it easy for us to back ourselves up, or even spread ourselves out like the Internet so that we cannot die.
There is also the possibility that we are living in just one of an infinite universes, and there is always at least one universe where you wake up tomorrow. Always.
In this book, we will explore all of the above, discuss how we should live if we hope to live forever, and discuss some of the philosophy and ethics that all of this throws up.
The book discusses how we can do all of this, using science, technology, and with some speculative philosophy as well.
By “science”, I mean the process of learning through experimentation. Learning what causes cancer, how DNA gets “old”, what foods are good or bad for the body – this is science.
“Technology” means enhancements that we have made by creating replacement parts or inventing new ways to do things. Prosthetic hands, transplants, telomere lengthening.
By “philosophy”, I mean things that we can figure out through logic, but that may or may not be true in reality. Quantum immortality falls into this category, and probably mind uploads as well, as they are only theoretical at the moment.
The book starts with some histories of general medicine, transplant surgeries and prosthetics.
The "Aging" chapter describes current research into how aging works and how we are solving it.
"Disease" is a serious of small histories detailing how we are attacking the various top killers in the world.
"The Brain" describes current research into how we can address failure in our very identity and memories, along with some speculation into how we can replace the entire brain.
And finally, "Quantum Immortality" describes an idea that arose from philosophical thinking on what were the ramifications of the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics being correct. It has been expanded to include all forms of infinite universes, but is still called quantum immortality.