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Long for this World

Jul 22, 2010

Since the Middles Ages, life expectancy has jumped from 30 to the ripe age of 75. We have an abundance of food, advanced technology and superior health care. But yet we still want more. How many plastic surgeries, supplements and açaí berries can we have until we go crazy? Jonathan Weiner explores the human quest for longevity and youth, from the psychology behind our actions to the rich history of prolonged youth in art, literature and science. So will we ever find a way to cheat death and aging? Or will gravity and time always prevail? You never know – there might be a cream for that.

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