Death is an Outrage
By Robert A. Freitas Jr.
Each year, we allow a destruction of knowledge equivalent to three Libraries of Congress with an average value of about $2 million dollars for each human life lost. The solution: "dechronification"--nanomedicine tools that can arrest biological aging and reduce your biological age.
Based on a lecture by the author at the Fifth Alcor Conference on Extreme Life Extension, November 16, 2002 in Newport Beach, CA. Published on KurzweilAI.net Jan. 9, 2003
While you were reading this sentence, a dozen people just died, worldwide. There. Another dozen people have perished. I think this is an outrage. I want to tell you why I think so, and what nanomedicine can do to help.
Figure 1: Worldwide Death Toll in 2001
Let's look at the dimensions of the human holocaust that we call "natural death."
The death toll in the Year 2001 was worst in India. Almost 9 million casualties. The bodies were piled nearly as high in China. The United States fell in third, with 2.4 million fatalities. 21 nations lost over half a million lives, each. These 21 countries represented all cultures, races, creeds, and continents. The human death toll in the Year 2001 from all 227 nations on Earth was nearly 55 million people, of which about 52 million were not directly caused by human action, that is, not accidents, or suicides, or war. They were "natural" deaths
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