What reassurances do the community need regarding life extension? evidence from studies of community attitudes and an analysis of film portrayals

Underwood, Mair (2014) What reassurances do the community need regarding life extension? evidence from studies of community attitudes and an analysis of film portrayals. Rejuvenation Research, 17 2: 105-115. doi:10.1089/rej.2013.1479


Author Underwood, Mair
Title What reassurances do the community need regarding life extension? evidence from studies of community attitudes and an analysis of film portrayals
Journal name Rejuvenation Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1549-1684
1557-8577
Publication date 2014-04-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1089/rej.2013.1479
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 105
End page 115
Total pages 11
Place of publication New Rochelle, NY United States
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert
Language eng
Abstract It is increasingly recognized that community attitudes impact on the research trajectory, entry, and reception of new biotechnologies. Yet biogerontologists have generally been dismissive of public concerns about life extension. There is some evidence that biogerontological research agendas have not been communicated effectively, with studies finding that most community members have little or no knowledge of life extension research. In the absence of knowledge, community members' attitudes may well be shaped by issues raised in popular portrayals of life extension (e.g., in movies). To investigate how popular portrayals of life extension may influence community attitudes, I conducted an analysis of 19 films depicting human life extension across different genres. I focussed on how the pursuit of life extension was depicted, how life extension was achieved, the levels of interest in life extension shown by characters in the films, and the experiences of extended life depicted both at an individual and societal level. This paper compares the results of this analysis with the literature on community attitudes to life extension and makes recommendations about the issues in which the public may require reassurance if they are to support and accept life extension technologies.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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