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June 09, 2011

Basic Transhumanism begins with maximizing health

George Dvorsky at Sentient Developments talks about basic transhumanism.

Transhumanism is something that's applied in the here-and-now; it’s a recognition of the radical present and all that it has to offer.

This is how the modern transhumanist can best unlock her biological potential.

In terms of specifics, these choices include the Paleolithic diet (also called the caveman diet), fully functional interval training executed at high intensity, and 7-8 hours of sleep each night in complete darkness.



Paleo-Diet
The Paleo-diet is one approach that works to match the specific way our ancestors ate. It's a diet that has gained serious traction in the fitness communities, not because of any commitment to naturalism or Luddism, but because it works. The primal approach to eating is now the go-to diet for many professional and elite athletes. And it's safe to suggest they wouldn't be doing it if it didn't get them results.

Adherents of this diet basically reject any foods that arrived after the onset of the agricultural revolution. To that end, they consume copious amounts of meat (typically free-range, organic, and grass fed) and vegetables, along with some fruit, nuts, and seeds. Primal eaters take a very liberal approach to consuming fats, while remaining wary of gluten, high-density carbohydrates, and sugars of any sort. So, no whole grains, pasta, rice, potatoes, dairy, or processed foods. While it may sound incredibly restrictive, it’s actually not that severe; there’s considerable culinary potential even within those constraints.

I would also recommend the South Beach diet. But any diet that works for you where you get proper nutrition and help control calorie intact are good. So if the Atkins diet works for you or portion control (keep the size of portions smaller but eat whatever you want) works then that is what you should use.

Cross Fit

A fitness model that best exemplifies this approach is CrossFit. It's a strength and conditioning program that combines weightlifting, sprinting, gymnastics, powerlifting, kettlebell training, plyometrics, rowing, and medicine ball training. Founded by Greg Glassman over a decade ago, CrossFit gyms are starting to pop-up around the world.

Again any exercise activity program that you enjoy and can stick with are better than not having enough exercise.

I would also add that providing financial support for SENS and nanomedicine (Freitas) will help to get the most important research activity to actually achieving longevity.


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