July 20th, 2008

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Writing science fiction; a proposed thought experiment; afternote...

In the context of the ongoing discussion of dteleki's proposed science fiction thought experiment, with its 200-year lifespan for humankind, I thought I'd mention the recent American Human Development Report (funded by Oxfam America, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Conrad Hilton Foundation). According to that report, "Americans live shorter lives than citizens of almost every other developed nation" and "the US ranked 42nd in the world for life expectancy despite spending more on health care per person than any other country." For details, see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7511426.stm .

[Note: dteleki's scenario doesn't restrict the 200-year lifespan to the United States, or even to the "developed" world. Just to human beings.]