- Hardcover: 452 pages
- Publisher: Rodale Books; 1St Edition edition (October 27, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579549543
- ISBN-13: 978-1579549541
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 128 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever Hardcover – October 27, 2004
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The idea behind Kurzweil and Grossman's Fantastic Voyage is that if you can make it through the next 50 years, you might become immortal. How will that be possible? Through some rather science fictional steps, it turns out, including taking advantage of the latest in biotechnological breakthroughs and not-yet-invented nanotechnology. Is all this longing for immortality driven by an obsession with youth or a fear of death? Readers can judge for themselves, as both Kurzweil and Grossman reveal the personal histories that led them to develop this plan. Fantastic Voyage is written in an easy-to-understand tone, with lots of sidebars giving examples of what the future holds for medicine and health. Whether or not you think that science will find a way to keep our bodies or our disembodied minds alive forever, this book is full of diet and lifestyle tips. For instance, the authors suggest carefully controlling the body's overall pH at an alkaline level, meditating, eating a diet composed mostly of vegetables and protein, and taking loads of supplements (Kurzweil downs about 250 pills each day). The dietary options presented here will mostly only be practical for people whose income levels can support buying organic produce, fresh fish and meat, and top-shelf supplements. The authors cavalierly state that we are living in a "time of abundance," but it seems likely that most who are able to follow this regimen will be Americans of a fairly high socioeconomic class. --Therese Littleton
About the Author
Ray Kurzweil, Ph.D., is one of the world's leading entrepreneurs, thinkers, and futurists. A recipient of the National Medal of Technology, among many other honors, he is the author of three previous books: The Age of Spiritual Machines, The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life, and The Age of Intelligent Machines.
Terry Grossman, M.D., is a board certified physician of anti-aging medicine who has written several popular articles on natural treatments for ailments. An expert in longevity medicine, he is the author of a leading book on life extension, The Baby Boomer's Guide to Living Forever.
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I look at this book as a fantastic time saver. Instead of reading hundreds of scientific reviews to find out the latest scientific information is available in nutrition, I leave that up to Ray, and 99% of the time he's right on the mark.
I'm a bit suspicious about his "healthy alkaline water" thing, as I don't see the scientific research backing him up on this point. I know Tony Robbins is very enthusiastic about that...but Tony's research is suspect too... so I'd leave that to other readers to decide what they think about that.
The rest is brilliant, "must know" knowledge for anyone who wants to live a long life.
People who like this book, will likely also be interested in "NO More Heart Disease: How Nitric Oxide Can Prevent--Even Reverse-- Heart Disease and Stroke" - Louis Ignarro. One warning - if you play with L-Arginine, read the research and don't use it unless you know what you're doing and read enough to know where it can actually help you and where it's being sold as a panacea.
Here was a book about radical life-extension appearing in a ho-hum review geared to (what some say is) the cultural-literary wasteland of Detroit suburbia. The vitalist movement had just achieved a major breakthrough into common humanity... at least the branch of common humanity who reads.
Note: Terminology is still a bit tenuous in this transhumanist era we're coming upon. But a vitalist is sort of a practical immortalist, someone who wants to extend life (with youthfulness and vigor) indefinitely, and generally thinks it can be accomplished in our natural lifetimes.
I'll use the term vitalist to identify the movement Kurzweil, Grossman, and many others are pushing. The significance of their book is enormous: Just as Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw (with Life Extension: A practical, scientific approach (1982)) were to health supplements, Kurzweil and Grossman are to the universal prospect of living well for a long time.
The authors break down our pursuit of effective vigorous immortality into three phases:
* Bridge 1: Ray and Terry's Longevity Program: present-day
nutrition, exercise, and wellness strategies that can get you
to the next bridge.
* Bridge 2: The biotechnology bridge, where we learn how to
turn off the bad genes and turn on the good ones, and
figure out the biochemical clues for keeping body and mind
* Bridge 3: What they refer to as the nanotechnology-AI
(Artificial Intelligence) revolution, where we can rebuild our
bodies and brains at the molecular level.
The prediction: generally effective Bridge 2 vitalist technologies begin 2010, with the beginnings of Bridge 3 technologies in 2020... with full flowering of those technologies a decade following those inception points.
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Excellent recommendations, summaries to make it simple for me, as well as loads of technical info to satisfy my scientific mind. Plus, as Kurzweil always does, lots and lots of references for me to do my own research if I choose.
Filled with scientific and medical information, no hocus pocus or mysticism. It's all information that's out there already, but it's really nice to have someone put it all together in one place for me and explain it in plain english.
If you liked his books on The Singularity and want to be there when it happens, then this is a "must read". See you then!