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100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith

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Humanity is on the cusp of an exciting longevity revolution. The first person to live to 150 years has probably already been born. What will your life look like when you live to be over 100? Will you be healthy? Will your marriage need a sunset clause? How long will you have to work? Will you finish one career at sixty-five only to go back to school to learn a new one? And then, will you be happily working for another sixty years? Maybe you'll be a parent to a newborn and a grandparent at the same time. Will the world become overpopulated? And how will living longer affect your finances, your family life, and your views on religion and the afterlife? In "100 Plus," futurist Sonia Arrison takes us on an eye-opening journey to the future at our doorsteps, where science and technology are beginning to radically change life as we know it. She introduces us to the people transforming our lives: the brilliant scientists and genius inventors and the billionaires who fund their work. The astonishing advances to extend our lives--and good health--are almost here. In the very near future fresh organs for transplants will be grown in laboratories, cloned stem cells will bring previously unstoppable diseases to their knees, and living past 100 will be the rule, not the exception. Sonia Arrison brings over a decade of experience researching and writing about cutting-edge advances in science and technology to "100 Plus," painting a vivid picture of a future that only recently seemed like science fiction, but now is very real. "100 Plus" is the first book to give readers a comprehensive understanding of how life-extending discoveries will change our social and economic worlds. This illuminating and indispensable text will help us navigate the thrilling journey of life beyond 100 years.

Table of Contents

  1. Also by Sonia Arrison
  2. Title Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Foreword
  5. CHAPTER 1 - Humankind’s Eternal Quest for the Fountain of Youth
    1. IT’S OUR FAULT
    2. OVERCOMING DEATH, IMAGINING TRAGIC RESULTS
    3. FIGHTING DEATH
  6. CHAPTER 2 - How Science and Technology Will Increase Life Span
    1. REDEFINING OLD AGE
    2. SCIENCE FICTION BECOMING REALITY
    3. LEARNING FROM SALAMANDERS
    4. MANIPULATING CELLS
    5. MANIPULATING GENES
    6. THE PLASTICITY OF AGING
    7. THE SEARCH FOR AN ANTIAGING PILL
    8. GREATEST ENGINEERING PROJECT OF ALL TIME
  7. CHAPTER 3 - Mother Nature and the Longevity Revolution
    1. THE EARTH’S ABILITY TO HANDLE LONGER-LIVED HUMANS
    2. MODELING POPULATIONS WITH LONGER LIVES
    3. WHY THOMAS MALTHUS WAS WRONG
    4. OLDER, RICHER, AND CLEANER
    5. NEXT STEPS
    6. PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE VERSUS INNOVATION
  8. CHAPTER 4 - The Longevity Divide
    1. NATURE AND HUMANITY
    2. THE PRUDENCE OF AUGMENTING NATURE
    3. THREAT OF EUGENICS?
    4. RESOURCE USE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
    5. HUMAN RIGHTS, GENETIC WARFARE, AND ECONOMIC DIVIDES
    6. INNOVATION, EXPONENTIAL GROWTH, AND DISTRIBUTION OF TECHNOLOGY
    7. WOULD OUR ANCESTORS HAVE WANTED TO LIVE LONGER?
  9. CHAPTER 5 - The Changing Face of Family
    1. FERTILITY TECHNOLOGY TODAY AND BEYOND
    2. GETTING AROUND TO “I DO”
    3. MORE TIME ON THE ROAD TO ADULTHOOD
    4. THE EVOLUTION OF FAMILY: COUPLE RELATIONSHIPS AND CHILDREN
    5. FAMILY CULTURE AND SHARED MEMORIES
    6. FAMILY SIZE AND STRUCTURE
    7. A RETURN TO EXTENDED AND MIXED FAMILIES
  10. CHAPTER 6 - The Financial Implications of Longevity
    1. THE VALUE OF TIME
    2. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HEALTH AND WEALTH
    3. THE ROLE OF EDUCATION
    4. EXTREME EXPERIENCE
    5. GOING LONG ON AMBITION
    6. THE PERSISTENCE OF WORK AND A REDEFINITION OF RETIREMENT
    7. SAVINGS AND INVESTMENT
    8. MORE OR LESS HARRIED?
  11. CHAPTER 7 - The Afterlife Versus a Longer Life
    1. A GLIMPSE OF IMMORTALITY
    2. LOSING OUR RELIGION—REEXAMINED
    3. EDUCATION AND RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
    4. THE APPEAL OF RELIGION
    5. THE CHANGING RELIGIOUS LANDSCAPE
    6. STAYING RELEVANT
    7. BROADENING RELIGION IN A LONGER-LIVED WORLD
  12. CHAPTER 8 - Leadership for a Longer-Lived World
    1. SALESPEOPLE: SPREADING THE MEME
    2. MAVENS: DATA COLLECTORS FUELING THE LONGEVITY MEME
    3. CONNECT ME
    4. IS IT REAL, AND ARE THE COOL KIDS DOING IT?
    5. TECH TITANS TAKING ON BIOLOGY
    6. NECESSITY AS CONTEXT
    7. A CHANGE IN POLICY
    8. FIGHTING FOR LIFE AND CHANGING THE WORLD
  13. Notes
  14. Index
  15. Copyright Page