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Carl Carlyle, 1980. Photograph by Paddy Reynolds
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In my teens and twenties, I was marching in various protests. When I became an immortalist, I carried that attitude with me. When I learned about the Research on Aging Act (ROAA) of 1974, I created the Anti-Aging Petition for two reasons.
One, it shares the idea that the government is backing anti-aging research for the average voter. The public needs to learn we are on track with anti-aging research as we speak. It’s a potential red-hot political issue.
Two, voters can call their Congresspeople to say they must give more funding to the ROAA to make it a reality in our lifetime. Most of the people I know are amazed that the government backs anti-aging! And it will create a large number of voters willing to vote for it.
Building a movement on anti-aging can lead to the next steps in scientific achievement for extending human life.
Evolution to a transhuman future world can be achieved in three steps:
Anti-Aging is the first step. Aging today, for most people, is a matter of concern. Feeling and looking good both have become extremely important. Health issues are deeply involved. Once they learn of anti-aging research, they will push for a cure. Living in a healthy body will gain more support after accessible healthy anti-aging becomes a reality.
Life-Extension is the second step. When asked today if they would like to live for hundreds of years, the answer is “Yes, but I don’t want want to continue aging for those years!” People will support longevity in a healthy body if the means are accessible and safe.
Bio-Immortality is the third and final step when science helps us to become transhumans in our lifetime. At this stage, the cosmic evolutionary future of our species opens wide.
With the internet and social media, communicating any message is fast. In a day, millions can learn abut anti-aging on YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram and sign the petition simultaneously. Eventually, each signed petition can be sent online to their local Congress member. This will create mass awareness which could potentially turn into a world-wide political discussion.
The main agenda is to raise consciousness that aging is curable, this includes other diseases that plague our human species.
The baby boom population is aging the most. They were so proud to be young they cried out: ‘Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty’. Now they are buying useless anti-aging creams to smear all over their wrinkles. Young men and women thirty or up to forty years of age can become part of a growing anti-aging voting bloc.
At present anti-aging will gather the largest majority of voter support.
The World Health Organization has already declared aging a medical condition. Life-extension will become far more prevalent when anti-aging is thriving thanks to the exponential development in the fields of information processing and biotechnologies.
These days, when science hasn’t yet made transhuman immortality a reality, only a minority of the global population is willing to vote for it. They need a more cosmic vision to join in. Transhumanists and Immortalists already have that vision. Anti-aging and indefinite lifespans are the first steps to make this reality.
Living longer, healthier lives is conditional to a longer, healthier planetary existence.
The following is a petition created by Carl Carlyle in 1974.
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SHOULD PREVENTIVE MEDICINE BE OF POLITICAL CONCERN?
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About the Author
Carl Carlyle is an immortalist, futurist, musician, and a published writer. A graduate from UCLA in 1962 and later, while a student at Hastings Law College in San Francisco, he joined the Student League to Abolish Mortality and the National Institute of Health, becoming an avid advocate for the scientific control of aging, life-extension and biological immortality ever since. “In the daytime, I wore a suit and tie contacting politicians & business people to get funding for the new immortalist movement. At night, I formed a rock band called the Forever Maniacs and named myself ‘Johnny Forever’ singing rock songs about eternal youth and health. I also produced a musical in the 1990s called Boomers Rock Forever, a comedy about taboos and the emerging science of immortality. I recently published a sci-fi trilogy The Cosmic Mutant, now online, which tells the story of a love affair between Infinity and Eternity."