Callahan’s Wrong: We Can Delay Death

Callahan’s Wrong: We Can Delay Death

To the Editor:
Daniel Callahan’s contention in this New York Times column that “extending the human lifespan would diminish our lives” and that “nature itself seems to be resisting our efforts” is flawed because there is no law of nature (physics and chemistry) that prevents us from re-engineering our selves to live indefinitely.

We are strongly driven to try to remain alive – as shown by Daniel Callahan’s own efforts to delay death. Eventually we will succeed in staying aging and death for as long as we choose. We will have to learn how to deal with the social consequences.

Sincerely,
Wolstan Brown, Great Neck, NY

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