There is emerging view that the aging is the reversible and bidirectional epigenetic/molecular/cellular process. Some reflections are in https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/477209 . There has been special issue of the Trends in Molecular Medicine (TMC) about rejuvenation https://www.cell.com/trends/molecular-medicine/issue?pii=S1471-4914(15)X0009-8 and there has been a lot of work about expression of Yamanaka factors (Nobel prize has been awarded recently), about the full or partial cell reprogramming to the pluripotent and rejuvenated state. Last year the investment fund has been opened https://www.methuselahfund.com/ - some research aims for just rejuvenation, some - for important extension of life and still others are aiming so high as to avoid death completely.

Rejuvenation is natural process that is happening in each act of reproduction billions of years (and only now the science is starting to be capable of researching, controlling and employing this process), it is summarized in one of the articles of the mentioned TMC issue:

Because epigenetic dysregulation is a main driver of the aging process, it is logical to hypothesize that epigenetic reprogramming may be an effective strategy for manipulating the aging process. At the organismal level, sexual reproduction demonstrates the plasticity of aging. Indeed, during fertilization the chronological age of the two germ cells involved is reset to ‘zero’, resulting in the generation of an organism with a normal lifespan. Resetting the aging clock allows each generation to begin life fully rejuvenated, thereby preventing species extinction. Similarly, cloning experiments based on SCNT have used cells from old mice to create an animal with a normal lifespan, demonstrating once again the bidirectionality of the aging process.

My question is this - if someone refuses to advance the rejuvenation science and practice, or refuses to apply the rejuvenation to himself/herself (when it becomes available for the masses) - is this person effectively committing suicide? My question is about immortality as avoidance the death from the aging. Of course, some other causes can be unavoidable. My question is not about delaying the death in the narrow sense.

  • You'll have to define "suicide", and we do not need fanciful hypotheticals. People refuse to take food and water, or ask to be taken off the life support, when they are very sick and suffer, and that is not treated as suicide legally. Other people refuse to vaccinate themselves, and that is just stupidity. Usually, "suicide" presupposes immediacy and (near) certainty of death. But even if we call it "suicide" under some definition, what of it? What is the philosophical question? – Conifold May 27 '19 at 20:46
  • Your examples is about getting sick. May question was about avoidance of death. And it is only one aspect of the rejuvenation. What about social aspects - up to now the death was the ultimate fate which had to be experienced by all all were equal under it (up to paliative care). In the near future the rich persons can certainly avoid it. What about social equality, rights to eternal life and so on, so on. But I was asking only the first question in my current question. – TomR May 27 '19 at 22:06
  • I don't think a link to an investment fund adds anything to your question. – Gordon May 27 '19 at 22:14
  • I just wanted to provide as much evidence as possible, that contemporary rejuvenation research (e.g. home.liebertpub.com/publications/rejuvenation-research/127/…) is not something fake, people are betting some serious money, the fund's web page lists startups and futher startups' web pages list research references. If people here are sure that rejuvenation is possible (will be possible) then I can remove this link to fund. But I am suspecting that there are quite a sceptics around. The link to fund is the path for research references. – TomR May 27 '19 at 22:21
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    In other words, your question is premised on a fantasy. We do not entertain discussions of far-fetched speculations on this site. – Conifold May 27 '19 at 23:47

In the world of philosophy, everything's an opinion, but I'd say NO.

I know that eating too much ice cream and not getting enough exercise can shorten my life. Yet I love ice cream, and I don't always get as much exercise as I should.

Therefore, I'm committing suicide?

In addition, some people may see a down side to the technology you allude to.

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