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No.475

Hello, I am currently working on my transfer applications for various universities. I am an engineering student, however my current university doesn't offer the discipline I seek (Biomedical Engineering) so I plan on transferring to one that does next fall.
In order to submit my applications, I need to write an essay on an issue of importance to me. Being interested in biotech, I would like to write about unnecessary death due to age related disease and how most of society has accepted it as a fact rather than finding a solution. Unfortunately, I have trouble articulating my thoughts in to cohesive and comprehensive sentences.
I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on good talking points for my essays? Or even suggested literature on the topic that could aid me?
It would be much appreciated. Thanks!

  No.476

How will you address the ethical considerations of lifespans increasing and the decrease of overall resources? I'm sure someone picking up your essay will be hit with the notion that, age related death is, and has been, a fact since time immemorial. Look at social security in the US. The elderly will require lengthy pallative care the more we extend our lives. I'm not saying that I hold these views myself necessarily, but those are issues that your essay would have to tackle.

Also, what age related diseases are 'taken as fact'. As far as I've seen, there's great effort being put into diseases like alzheimers/dementia, memory loss. What specific diseases are you referring to? The current standard of care takes on the approach of longevity generally against the grain of quality of life. Something well treated in the cancer community (the debate that is).

And to drive the point further, of course its fact. We age, and we become more susceptible to various ailments. But everyone has a natural fear of death, and again, I haven't seen any specific medical issues being given up on simply because they're expected as part of aging. The idea of immortality, or atleast longevity has long been sought after; multi-billion dollar markets exist due to our tenacity to try and remain young.

Just a few observations.

  No.477

Reviews are kind of mixed, but this is about the same topic that you're intent on discussing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Transhumanist_Wager

  No.478

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>>475
>wondering if anyone has any suggestions on good talking points for my essays?

If your essay is intended to be persuasive I'd focus primarily on the top two or three most important talking points to your topic spend the majority of your time gathering the most credible research you can find to support your points.

Making a lot of points with little or no research behind them is not as convincing as driving home a few critical points that are very well-documented.

  No.480

>>476
I don't think I worded that statement correctly.
I don't mean any particular disease. Just the idea that general society has toward the onset of disease due to aging.
When I say most of society has accepted it by fact, I mean the masses. Not the field and the people involved in that field. You're right. There is a lot of research being done to combat degenerative disease. The majority either do not agree, do not care, or are just leaving it up to the folks in that field. If the general consensus among the masses is one that values longevity, we might see a surge of research and development in the regenerative medicine field.

  No.481

There is this question technique, useful for memorizing too, by the way.

You write the thought process and everything you can come up with down. For each sentence, you ask a question constructed in a way that sentence answers it. Then you sort question-answer pairs in logical order and rework answers to be stylistically appealing, adding general question at beginning and discarding bullshít ones. Reading question aloud will help to memorize points. You dig the idea.

  No.519

If we ever make brain to computer and computer to brain immortality real, together with some form of cloning, The most appealing thing in something like that is that I could pick the sex and other physiological aspects of my new body.

  No.521

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>>475
"The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth - it is the truth which conceals that there is none.
The simulacrum is true."

Perhaps this would be worth touching on, my transhumanist friend...