SUPERLONGEVITY WITHOUT OVERPOPULATION
Max More, Ph.D.
Proponents of superlongevity (indefinitely extended life spans)
have been making their case for the possibility and desirability
of this change in the human condition for decades. For just
as long, those hearing the arguments for superlongevity have
deployed two or three unchanging, unrelenting responses.
The question: But what would we do with all that time? is
one of them. Another is the But death is natural! gambit.
The final predictable response is to conjure up the specter of
overpopulation. Despite strong downward trends in popula-
tion growth since this issue gained visibility in the 1960s, the
third concern remains an impediment.
Paul Ehrlichs 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb ,
ignited a trend in which alarmists routinely ignored data and
reasonable projections to scare the public. Those of us who
see achieving the indefinite extension of the human life span
as a central goal naturally find this behavior quite irritating.
If baseless fear wins out, we will gain little from our per-
sonal programs of exercise, nutrition, or supplementation.
Widespread fear leads to restrictive legislation legislation
that in this case could be deadly. Although the volume has
been turned down a little on the population issue, it continues