Science is all about asking questions… However, satisfactory answers can’t always be found in today’s media that far too often focuses on cases of technology gone awry, filling readers with… hopelessness… The majority who read my weekly… pieces are boomers and seniors and their comments… often include the belief that with good care and a little luck, they, personally, might live to enjoy the “magical future” mentioned in my writings. I feel strongly that when we reach the 2030s, many of America’s older people, having benefited from stem cell therapies, genetic engineering procedures, and molecular nanotech miracles, will regain much of the physical ability and youthful appearance they once enjoyed during their early 20s. In this writer’s vision, life extension goals are simple -- to slow down and eventually eliminate all diseases, including aging… [M]y articles are aimed at positive aspects of science and technologies, and touch lightly on negative factors… [T]his extreme positive slant is by design.There is nothing "positive" about lying to yourself or others. There is nothing "simple" about eliminating all diseases or delivering youthful bodies to boomers and seniors. However careful and lucky they may be, every denialist about death who reads Dick Pelletier's articles is going to die. However "strongly" Dick Pelletier feels about the matter he too will die. "Magical futures" are not real, not for anybody, "nanotech miracles" will never take place. Facing facts is far from the same thing as feeling hopeless. Indulging in hyperbole, con-artistry, and wish-fulfillment fantasies is far from the same thing as feeling hope. Not every questioning is scientific. Science is actually about publicly testing hypotheses in order to increase our powers of prediction and control.
Let me propose as an alternative, actually positive vision -- requiring no deception, denial, or delusion, only the best efforts of people of good will and good sense -- the ongoing collaborative expansion of reproducible results and the progressive struggle toward equity-in-diversity through education, agitation, organization, investment, reform. No miracles, just struggle.