Presented at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, March 2, 2002, Pittsburgh, PA

The views expressed by the presenters are for the purposes of debate and do not necessarily represent their own opinions, nor are they intended to represent in any way the opinions or other views of the AGHE.

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Donald J. Mulcare, PhD, Biology Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, N. Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300; Jeffrey A. Chesky, PhD, Biology Department, University of Illinois - Springfield, Springfield, Illinois, Kenneth Kaloustian, PhD, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Quinnipiac University; Augustine G. DiGiovanna, PhD, Department of Biology, Salisbury State University.

Proponents will submit that the advocacy for and application of effective and innovative practices and procedures will increase both mean life expectancy and maximum life span resulting in an augmented quality of human life for most of the world's population. Opponents will argue that the price of life extension is the universal erosion of the quality of all life on earth. Presenters will furnish evidence and arguments supporting their positions. The debate will critique methods of life extension and explore approaches to quality of life. It will examine the implications of extended longevity for society, especially the potential eruption of unacceptable social, ethical, legal, economic and political consequences as well as demographic and ecological penalties. An exciting exchange of facts, opinions, and visions of the future will ensue. The authors will encourage all attendees to contribute to the debate by challenging the presenters with their own information, opinions, visions, and rational arguments.  

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