Exploring Life Extension

Exploring Life Extension (105m 32s)

A film by the Immortality Institute that explores various aspects of extreme life extension including cryonics (cryogenics), caloric restriction, transhumanism, and other scientific pursuits of extreme life extension.

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Update 20110727: Robert Ettinger, founder of the cryonics movement, dies at 92 (The Washington Post)

TEDx: Sheena Iyengar – The Art of Choosing

Via The Situationist:

Choice is a powerful tool to define ourselves and mold our lives — but what do we know about the wants, motivations, biases, and influences that aid or hinder our endeavors? In her new book The Art of Choosing, Columbia University professor Sheena Iyengar, a leading expert on choice, sets herself the task of helping us become better choosers. She asks fascinating questions: Is the desire for choice innate or created by culture? Why do we sometimes choose against our best interests? How much control do we really have over what we choose? Ultimately, she offers unexpected and profound answers, drawn from her award-winning, discipline-spanning research.

A witty talk which has a certain poignancy because of her blindness (which she is able to joke about) and the difficult choices, one imagines, that have be made as a result…

Update 20100607:  There’s also a ~20 minute interview with her on Big Think:

Update 20100726: She also did a talk at TED Global:

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