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I have been shamefully late, in spite of my personal acquaintance with the author and some friends' enthusiastic endorsement, in reading David's book on anti-ageing, a subject in which I am only moderately involved. I will make my amends by saying that it is the best H+ book I have read in years. Eloquent, lively, balanced, documented, to the point. And, yes, while growing feathers to fly around may have an appeal for some of us, when the technology arrives in order to do that you must be still alive in the first place.
If you are interested in future technologies and upcoming medical progress, then this book provides a survey you may want to read. The author reviews with great details, from all angles, the possibility that we, or our children, might drastically reduce our chance of growing frail and sick due to old age. One of the strong points of the book is to examine this extraordinary thesis from an historical perspective. Though the author is in no way a neutral agent, he proceeds carefully, offering an in-depth analysis to support his opinions. The book is clearly a work of futurology, and it is hard to predict the future, but the author is interesting, if not right. On the downside, he uses extensive quotes which, I feel, make the work longer than it needs to be.
In "The Abolition of Aging" David Wood gives glimpses of a utopian future that may be attainable within the next few decades. Although this book primarily looks at rejuvenation technology, as a by-product, it also gives insight into advances in other fields of research, such as the computer industry.
This book has been mind blowing with the magnitude and number of examples it provides. Some of these examples are recent and some are historical, dating from the 19th century. The author backs up much of his writing with citations that can be accessed via the internet. I was shocked when the author gave examples to show how, even just a few measly years before the airplane was invented by the Wright Brothers, major scientists of the time (including Lord Kelvin who discovered the second law of thermodynamics) were dismissing the prospect of flying machines as a stupid fantasy. The author uses such examples to help encourage a state of optimism in the reader for the future advancement of technology.
I highly recommend this book. I think that if more people read and understood books like this, then society's chances of evolving into a utopia would be far greater. Even if you don't want to live forever due to ideological reasons, this book nonetheless provides useful information and updates that make if well worth reading.