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Peter Singer Falls for Immortality Quest
National Review Online, by Wesley J. Smith

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Posted By:Drive, 12/11/2012 1:11:34 PM

Oh good grief. Peter Singer has embraced Aubrey de Gray’s quest to defeat human aging. For those who don’t know, de Gray–who looks like a long-lost member of ZZ Top–believes that his research is so important that it should be funded ahead of providing healthcare for destitute Africans. Indeed, I saw him give a wild-eyed speech in which he explicitly compared under funding his work to a terrorist blowing up a car. Singer first questions whether depriving people of needed healthcare now in the (vain, in both senses of the word,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: yuban, 12/11/2012 1:25:08 PM     (No. 9059844)

These folk have such a rude awakening coming to them some day.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: supersid, 12/11/2012 1:37:48 PM     (No. 9059874)

For those who don’t know, de Gray–who looks like a long-lost member of ZZ Top–believes that his research is so important that it should be funded ahead of providing healthcare for destitute Africans.

* Frivolous - why does it matter that he looks like ZZ-top member?
* Naturalmente. Research in USA and Europe predominantly focuses on problems facing their populations - cholesterol etc., not tuberculosis or malaria. Viagra for example. So this is a straw man argument. Amricans feed their dogs brand name food while destitute in Africa die of hunger. What about that?

If the world can continue to develop economically and technologically, people will become wealthier, and, in the long run, anti-aging treatment will benefit everyone.

That is a valid argument. But of course for Wesley the problem is that Singer is an atheist.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Ruhn, 12/11/2012 1:42:55 PM     (No. 9059889)

"In the end there can be only one."

- From the film ´Highlander´

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Reply 4 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 12/11/2012 1:55:12 PM     (No. 9059915)

Sorry, Peter, but I guy named Adam spoiled all that for you.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 12/11/2012 1:57:45 PM     (No. 9059923)

Who or what is a Peter Singer?

Um, animal liberation?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Singer

So why don´t we first start by making lab rats immortal, yeah what could go wrong with that?




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Reply 6 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 12/11/2012 2:04:56 PM     (No. 9059951)

There no "long-lost" members of ZZ Top - Billy, Dusty, and Frank are still together after all these years and still groovin´.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dr.lakerman, 12/11/2012 3:29:04 PM     (No. 9060095)

If this is the Peter Singer from princeton, the medical ethicist, he believes that the mother of a baby, up to age one of that baby, has the right to have the baby killed if it is ´defective.´ And Singer does not define defective.

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