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Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging Hardcover – January 26, 2010

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030740790X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307407900
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,617,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read all of the reviews here and thought that this book was a must read. But after finishing it, I was disappointed. I mulled on that opinion for a while, not wanting to damage this book's perfect review record so far, but it has been several weeks since I finished the book, and I was simply not impressed with it. Some people found the author funny, but I found him to be a bit silly and lacking objectivity. I expected more concrete information, but just when I thought he was going to draw a solid conclusion about a topic based on facts, he moved on to another topic, only to do the same thing again and again. The author also pokes fun at certain key players in the field, but this book does not offer any definite direction for the field of anti-aging medicine in its own right. At best, it is an ambivalent introduction to the field that is both subjective and a little boring. It is a book written by a layman for uncritical laymen. I enjoyed, "Ending Aging" by De Grey and Rae much more, even if Critser practically characterizes De Grey as a drunken and egotistical crackpot. Hopefully something better will come along soon, as things are moving along quite quickly in the scientific literature.
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I'm a big fan of Greg Critser's work. This book may be my favorite. A smart, witty, and thoughtful read on the eternal quest to prolong life. While it's fun to smirk at the cult of caloric restriction and devotees of other anti-aging subcultures, Critser makes the science as absorbing as the characters. I also loved that -- just when that voice in the back of your mind starts asking, "maybe there IS something to this human growth hormone stuff" -- the book finally asks the real question: what do we hope to gain by prolonging life? One is left contemplating the quality of life as much as its duration. Plus, it's hard not to like a science book that comes with bonus recipes at the end. Highly recommended.
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The main point I would like to make here is that there are ideologues in any field, who push agenda rather than truth. This is no less true in the field of Life Extension/Anti-Aging. Critser exposes a number of these and rightfully so. However, the problem I always have with books like this is that they tend to skirt around the GOOD albeit less sexy stuff, the valid Anti-Aging research. One might get the idea from this book that Anti-Aging pursuits are governed by crackpots and leave it at that. That is the lean of this book. Because the upside of anti-aging research is not presented as rigorously, it would seem that the author also has an agenda. Regardless of those who drag the field down due to agenda, profit, and wishful thinking, I predict that within 20-25 years significant increase in human life span WILL become a reality, not to mention the amelioration of many diseases. It may seem improbable, but that is my opinion. The controversies, lack of evidence, and misguided agenda pointed out in Critser's book will then be long since moot. Research will proceed regardless.
At the end of one of his chapters, while pointing out how quirky (sic) Aubry de Grey might seem to a bunch of British fellows, he quotes someone as saying "those baby-boomers should just accept limits". If we indeed accept limits, we would still be hunter gatherers, many of us dying from infectious disease around a paleolithic firelight. Could you imagine suggesting to someone 100 years ago that you would be able to whip out a small piece of plastic from your pocket and talk to someone with it living 3000 miles away? WE SHOULD NEVER ACCEPT LIMITS (and in fact history has proven that we don't).
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Critser conducts an extensive investigation into the world of anti-aging, showing the science, the personalities and the quackery behind this growing movement. Critser also brings his own story into the narrative, which makes it more personal. He is a very insightful writer with a biting sense of humor; he really does make you think about the impracticality and efficacy of calorie restriction, hormone therapy and nutritional supplements while keeping things entertaining. It's quick read and highly recommended.
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I like this book. Anyone who is going to die someday should read it. As for me, I like to learn, and I learned a lot from the author because he waded through the b.s. and covered the subject in a true way--he pretty much told it like it is. And there's nothing funnier than the truth. I mean, this book is fuuny, too. Another thing I like is I like to laugh. Last, I liked it because it made me think. I like being made to think. The author challenged the subject hard; but he respected it, too, ya know? That's a skill. I like skill. So that's allotta good stuff that I like in one book. By reading this book, I made up my own mind on my own. I figured out that, as far as the facts go, it's still better to spend allota time livin than to spend alotta time tryin not to die. But what do I know? You should read this book yourself and it'll help you make up your mind for your own self. You definitely won't regret it.

And, oh yeah, one more thing: the book pretty much starts with an italian, and it ends with an italian. There's just something fundamentally right about that. A cent'ann' figlioli!
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