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What is Longevitism, Amortality, Transhumanism, & Technoprogressism? by Didier Coeurnelle - Article

Updated: Apr 28, 2022

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...will we be able to live forever remains an unanswered question; turning a hundred years old into the new sixty - that is significantly extending human lifespan - has changed from a question of "if" to a matter of "when" - Peter Diamandis

(The Future Is Faster Than You Think)

Health without any time limit is one of humanity's oldest dreams. We know more and more about why and how aging occurs. But we still cannot control senescence. Not all those who wish to go beyond our biological limits, beyond 100 years of life, will define themselves as transhumanists. On the other hand, almost all transhumanists will describe themselves as longevitists.

What is Longevitism?

It is the search for a much longer life, beyond what is possible today, thanks to advances in science and medicine.

Longevitism arouses both attraction and opposition. The opposition is often motivated by the fear of false hopes, the fear of living longer but in poor health, and the fear of therapies only for the rich.

Longevitists want research for a healthy life, based on serious scientific evidence and are generally attentive to broad accessibility.

Their research may be moderate, aimed at, and only a few more years of good health, or can be strong, aiming for a life of well over 120 years.

So the goal of these therapies is to strongly reduce or even eliminate the mechanisms of senescence. The most optimistic will aim at what is called "biological immortality", the absence of any aging mechanism. The term "amortality" is also used.

What is Transhumanism?

Let's take Wikipedia’s definition: it is a philosophical movement that advocates for the transformation of the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies able to greatly modify or enhance human intellect and physiology.

The word transhumanism sometimes frightens people because it evokes the appeal of dangerous, dehumanizing technologies. The vast majority of transhumanists are aware of the dangers linked to technical progress. They actively wish for technologies to reduce risks, especially the so-called "existential" ones, to increase resilience and thus the qual