Jan 06, 2010
As I read through the TRANSCEND book by Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, I want to use this journal to summarize the most important learnings. Mostly for my own record, but hopefully for the benefits of others who are reading my journal.
The book TRANSCEND is the practical version of Kurzweil and Grossman's theory on longevity, namely that if you live long enough, you will live forever. While the idea sounds fantastical and futuristic, the premise is really very practical and grounded. Medicine and health management are growing from being a process of discovery into becoming a process of engineering. Scientists are spending less effort on "discovering" cures and more on "engineering" them. And since human engineering technologies have the observed property of exponential growth, then we are close to the point where advancement in science will surpass the rate at which our bodies age.
The book is applicable and extremely useful regardless of whether you agree with its premise or not. It is a guided journey through understanding the most common challenges that a human body will face (in very practical and scientific terms) and what tools you have within reach to deal with them.
But what appeals to me even more in this book, is the focus on the need to take charge of ones own health. The need to research and better understand, what illness is, what causes it and what can be done outside of the doctor's office, in our daily lives, to prevent or deal with it. And while some of the recommendations could be labeled as alternative, all of them are based on well explained science and there is a strong emphasis on "Talking to your doctor" (which is represented by T, the first letter in the mnemonic TRANSCEND).
I am enjoying going through this book tremendously and have already started applying many of its recommendations. If you are interested in learning more about my journey with it come back and check my journal, and even better, watch my journal here on medhelp or subscribe its RSS feed.