Diseases like cancer, heart disease, and dementia are really just symptoms of aging. They almost entirely afflict our elders. Instead of trying to fix one disease when ten other diseases are right behind it to kill one of our elderly, I’d like to face the problem of aging itself head on.
Our society loses a huge amount of wisdom and talent to the ravages of aging – just as has happened for all of human history.
In some ways, aging and death may be beneficial and necessary. In the living body, cells are regularly programmed to die to make room for new ones. Perhaps that is important for evolutionary reasons to happen in human society too?
I would like to do an Elon Musk style massive push to try to understand what causes aging and if there is anything that can be done to stop it. If I can build Coalition large enough, that would be my next project.