A couple news pieces recently about people who hope to end death:
Arakawa, Whose Art Tried to Halt Aging, Dies at 73
Arakawa, a Japanese-born conceptual artist and designer, who with his wife, Madeline Gins, explored ideas about mortality by creating buildings meant to stop aging and preclude death, died Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 73. …“This mortality thing is bad news,” Ms. Gins said by phone from her studio on Houston Street. She said she would redouble her efforts to prove that “aging can be outlawed.”
Is aging a disease?
“If aging is seen as a disease, it changes how we respond to it. For example, it becomes the duty of doctors to treat it,” said David Gems, a biogerontologist who spoke at a conference on aging in London last week called “Turning Back the Clock.” … There is now a “groundswell” of specialists in aging, says Dillin, who are lobbying the world’s biggest drug regulator, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to consider redefining aging as a disease in its own right.
So, I’d like to ask readers: Is this good? After all, treating disease and illness is certainly a good thing. Is there anything wrong with treating aging as well?