Are you focused on preventing death or preserving life? (A101)

The first step in the journey to understand immortality is to understand the differences between health and disease, life and death, and average lifespan versus maximum lifespan. 

We are obsessed with our own deaths, but we are also obsessed with time. Everything must have a beginning and an end. Our lives revolve around segmenting time into pre-established time windows and time-based milestones. Accordingly, the epidemiology of life expectancy has been studied extensively for hundreds of years. For most of recorded history, average life expectancy has hovered around 30–50 years of age. Since the advent of modern medicine, average life expectancy has dramatically improved to over 80 years of age in wealthy nations. This scientific and medical achievement deserves respect and praise. The remarkability of this success does not change the fact that it has nothing to do with improving human longevity. Our ability to reduce human death forms the basis of our success. Reducing death and increasing longevity are two distinct conceptual constructs, and they have absolutely nothing to do with one another. To use a sports analogy, reducing or preventing death is like playing to not lose. Increasing longevity is playing to win. 

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The maximum human lifespan has remained virtually unchanged. A substantial amount of data from diverse geographical and ethnic populations indicates that the maximum human lifespan under our currently practiced diet, lifestyle, and medical technologies is (and has always been) about 115 years. The truth of these observations is that science has once again proven the obvious: diseases cause death. Science has also proven that the absence of disease does not cause longevity. This observation should not surprise anyone, and we cannot apply this logic to anything else in our lives. Fixing a flat tire does not make it last longer; it just enables the tire to live out its natural life within its current working environment and avoid premature death. The better we get at fixing tires, the more likely it will be that they live to their natural limit, improving their average life expectancies. This achievement has no impact on the maximum lifespan of the tire. To make the tire last longer, we need to rebuild and restore the wear and tear, or we need to change the tire’s working environment. Thankfully, the human body is not a tire. Focusing on disease and death prevention will not extend our lives, only prevent us from dying sooner. To live longer, we must preserve and enhance life, not only prevent death. 

Dr. Goodenowe explains the relevant research and literature regarding average versus maximum live expectancy in seminar A101 – Are you focused on preventing death or preserving life.