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Aubrey De Grey was one of the presenters that weekend.

There were a total of seven people taking a road trip from beautiful British Columbia to Portland to attend talks hosted by the Institute for Evidence Based Cryonics.  When we heard of the symposiums:  Introduction to Rejuvenation Biotechnologies and Human Cryopreservation; and Resuscitation and Reintegration of Cryonics Patients, we knew we had to make the trip.  Some of us were stoked to meet Aubrey De Grey in person, and others stoked to learn more about cryonics from prominent figures such as Max More and Ben Best.  Lifespan's Executive Director, Keegan Macintosh, was travelling down to give a talk on the legal and logistical considerations of cryonics patients.  We were all brought together by a mutual interest in the science behind cryonics.  


Fun in the sun along the seawall.

The Lifespan Society of BC was effective in pulling together like-minded people to attend this cool event, although attempting to organize a road trip for seven people was not always straightforward.   We managed to pull everything together and fill my entire car for the road trip.  A good rule of thumb: the more people you try to organize on a road trip, the harder it becomes.  It was all worth it though, because we all had an amazing experience and became best friends for a few days.  Our trip was also very cost effective; we took my fuel efficient car (2008 Yaris) and rented an entire house with Air Bnb to house six of us.


Some interesting sights from our drive including this guy on a bike pulling along his drum set.


Some fine dining experiences, I had a hemp burger at Bagdad Restaurant while this street musician performed right outside the patio of this restaurant.  The burger was actually pretty good, I wasn't sure how it would turn out but I was willing to take a stab at it (no pun intended).


We got to meet Aubrey de Grey, but I was too shy to say much to him. (that's not me in the pic)


Dr. Max More presenting at the Cleaners at Ace Hotel.

I would go into more details about the symposium presentations, but it might just be better to join us next year.

Cheers!


-Carrie Wong

Social Media Coordinator



The Lifespan Society takes great interest in any "Blue Zone” areas which are places where the average population live healthier and longer lives than the average North American.  One example of a Blue Zone is the Loma Linda community located in the urban sprawl of Southern California. The Seventh-day Adventists who live in this community live 5-10 years longer than average. 

As a part of the Lifespan BC Lifestyle and Longevity speaking series, we invited  Ketti Goudey, M.S. to enlighten us on how the Loma Linda community has managed to live longer and stay healthier.   Ketti Goudey, MS Dietetics did her internship and masters degree at Loma Linda University. Her international work experience included hospital, business, public health, consulting, and education.


Ketti giving her lifestyle presentation.

This speaking series is being hosted by LifeSpan B.C. in partnership with West Vancouver Whole Foods market.  The turnout was successful with about twelve showing up and filling the available space that Whole Foods generously provided.

Ketti managed to distill her vast experiences into a digestible format (no pun intended).  She suggested a plant-based diet, keeping a healthy weight, exercise, and keeping stress levels low.  Specifically she suggests eating nuts, legumes, beans and whole grains as a great source of protein as well as the usual fruits and vegetables. The impetus to volunteer within the Loma Linda community keeps everyone connected and social.  Ketti stresses the importance of having a sanctuary in time to decompress and de-stress and a community to fall back on emotionally.

To complete her presentation, Ketti demonstrated how to make a "Haystack” which is a popular snack among her community.  We all sampled the Haystack and it was so good I went back for seconds.  I’m pretty sure most of us did.

 

For more information on the Adventist lifestyle:

www.adventisthealthstudy.org

www.chiphealth.com

 

To watch Ketti’s presentation on youtube.

I hope to see you all in our next event,

-Carrie Wong

Social Media Coordinator

The Lifespan Group in Action!  Some of our members opted to use an umbrella which is unusual in the forest but it was quite effective.

 

It was a rainy day in Deep Cove, but the rain didn’t dampen our enthusiasm to get out there and get some fresh air and life-extending exercise.  We went on the Quarry Rock hike which took about 2.5 hours to complete.  At the end of the trail we were rewarded with a beautiful view of the cove.

It was a relatively easy climb up the slope with a few steps here and there.  The rain made the terrain a little bit slippery at times, and a few of our members slipped, but managed to catch themselves.  I spent most of the time talking about Bitcoin with two other fellow enthusiasts, while moving at a quick but leisurely pace.  It’s sort of interesting how futurists’ hobbies tend to converge, but I suppose it isn’t that surprising.


 

This is a picture Luke took of the trail (President of Lifespan). 

 

After the hike we went to Deep Cove Village for a few snacks.  It’s basically a quaint tourist trap, but there’s a good donut place called Honey’s Doughnuts. 

We hope to see you at our next event, whether it be a cosy movie night or an outdoorsy hike.


Sincerely,

-Carrie Wong

Lifespan Social Media Coordinator

The Fractal Brain Theory by Wai H. Tsang was a well-received talk.

The Lifespan society hosts its 4th movie night, this time showcasing some pretty far-out ideas in neuroscience. Although it was basically a guy lecturing in a room for almost 2 hours, it was surprisingly compelling; if only our university classes could be as interesting. Several members were with Wai Tsang’s "New Agey” interpretation of major religions in the world, while other members (one with a background in neuroscience) were not impressed with his lack of scientific rigor or expertise. My take on the documentary is that he presents a series of interesting and creative ideas about the brain/mind that can be tested.It’s hard not to be swayed by Wai’s enthusiasm, charisma and bold claims. Even if he ends up being proven wrong, at least we have more and more people thinking about various aspects of consciousness in different ways. People will say that the number of scientists currently living today outnumber all of the scientists in all of human history. The same thing can be said for philosophers, especially with the advent of the internet, more and more thinkers can connect easily while in the past the barriers for intellectual entry were much higher as most of the population had no access to intellectual resources or were even literate.

This is your brain on fractals...


Robert H. Lustig, M.D. delivers talk "Sugar: The Bitter Truth”

Last movie night (Feb. 16), we watched a documentary on the negative health effects of increased sugar consumption in the modern era. So basically Lifespan likes to showcase an eclectic selection of media which covers health, technology, neuroscience and future-orientated topics. There is a definite social aspect to movie nights; members stay after the movie to discuss its contents from different perspectives. However, if sitting down for hours in a dark room is not your type of scene, Lifespan BC hosts regular hikes in various places all over the lower mainland. We have gone up Burnaby Mountain, across Lynn Canyon (Lynn Valley) and traversed Lighthouse Park (West Vancouver).

We are planning many more events in the future and we hope to see you there.

-Carrie

Social Media Coordinator

 
Thanks to Globalme for supporting our event by providing projection equipment.
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