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Sunday, January 19, 2014

WONDERFUL WORLD OF SCIENCE# BY DICK PELLETIER

Optimism rules: at least in this writer's opinion, by Dick Pelletier
    Science is all about asking questions, exploring problems that confound or intrigue us. However, satisfactory answers can't always be found in today's media that far too often focuses on cases of technology gone awry, filling readers with more hopelessness than hope.
    The majority who read my weekly Published Article and Opinion pieces are ‘boomers and seniors and their comments, which rank more than 3-to-1 favorable, often include the belief that with good care and a little luck, they, personally, might live to enjoy the "magical future" mentioned in my writings.
    I feel strongly that when we reach the 2030s, many of America's older people, having benefited from stem cell therapies, genetic engineering procedures, and molecular nanotech miracles, will regain much of the physical ability and youthful appearance they once enjoyed during their early 20s.
    In this writer's vision, life extension goals are simple – to slow down and eventually eliminate all diseases, including aging. Nobody likes to be handicapped with sickness, disease, or an aging body; and tomorrow's technologies hold great promise to remove most of these conditions.
    I will admit that my articles are aimed at positive aspects of science and technologies, and touch lightly on negative factors. Some of the more forward pieces might even be considered excessively optimistic in the minds of critics, but this extreme positive slant is by design.
    Many followers of my columns have voiced dreams and hopes for tomorrow's technologies, that one day, biological rejuvenations that can extend health and mental acuity, will become available, allowing them to survive and become part of what promises to become an amazing 21st Century adventure.
    Positive futurists believe that as we travel through the next three-to-four decades, science and technologies, many already in beginning stages of development, will not only eliminate most diseases, including aging; but with a better understanding of consciousness, mind-copying could become reality by late-2030s, which would remove nearly all risks of death. Say goodbye forever to the Grim Reaper.
    Under this scenario, most of Earth's 7 billion inhabitants would look forward to a life expectancy measured in millenniums, not years. Admittedly, this picture describes an unusually bold future, but the technologies are in place now to turn this rosy image into reality. Comments welcome..

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