Is underfunding of research into the aging process against the European Convention on Human Rights?
The European Convention on Human Rights reads as follows:
RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS ARTICLE 2
Right to life
1. Everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law. No one shall be deprived of his life intentionally save in the execution of a sentence of a court following his conviction of a crime for which this penalty is provided by law.
2. Deprivation of life shall not be regarded as inflicted in contravention of this Article when it results from the use of force which is no more than absolutely necessary:
(a) in defence of any person from unlawful violence;
(b) in order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained;
( c ) in action lawfully taken for the purpose of quelling a riot or insurrection.
Age related disease daily deprive life from over 100 000 people worldwide.
Are these deaths caused intentionally by not funding research into the aging process? All the arguments against funding research on the aging process are irrelevant to this discussion, as they are not mentioned in the second part of Article 2 of ECHR.
Is life adequately protected by law? The law of most nations protect rather well against war, which only accounts for 0.3% of annual deaths in 2002. See list of causes by death by rate link. But the law of most nations protect extremely poorly against cardiovascular disease, infectious and parasitic diseases, ischemic heart disease, cancers and stroke, which account for 29.34%, 23.04%, 12.64%, 12.49% and 9.66% of annual deaths in 2002 respectively.
It could be relevant to this discussion that Article 13 reads:
Right to an effective remedy.
Everyone whose rights and freedoms as set forth in this Convention are violated shall have an effective remedy before a national authority notwithstanding that the violation has been committed by persons acting in an official capacity.
Here is the European Convention on Human Rights in its full, from the European Court of Human Rights website: http://www.echr.coe.int/NR/rdonlyres/D5CC24A7-DC13-4318-B457-5C9014916D7A/0/Convention_ENG.pdf
To summarise: Is life protected by law? Are people being deprived of life intentionally? (Intentional inaction/action)
What do you think?
This survey finds that 79% of Americans wish that life-extending treatments should be given to all who want them. This implies they also want us to develop life-extending treatments for those who want them.
Short about life-extending treatments: Aging is not to be mistaken as growth, they are two separate things that both change the body. But growth stops when the body is fully-grown (around 25 years for humans). At which point aging becomes the sole changing force of the body. Aging can be described as decay, like a boat that slowly fills with seawater due to imperfections in the hull. All you need to do to turn back aging a bit is to remove some of the seawater in the boat. It still fills slowly, but as long as you bail fast enough you can have a low chance of sinking for quite some time. There are only 7 types of decay. A guesstimate for how expensive it is to develop life extending treatments (that extend life substantially, by decades), puts it at around what the human genome project cost. So in todays money 5.5 billion NOK annually for 15-20 years. See the book Ending Aging by Aubrey de Grey, PhD, for a thorough walkthrough of strategies for how to develop these treatments. If you work in the Norwegian government, ask the Norwegian ministry of Health to borrow a copy, I have made sure they have eight. But really if those don’t work, its just a matter of trying other strategies. 5.5 billion Norwegian Kroners annually gets a lot of research. When the human genome project was started many experts did not think it was possible, because none of the technology they needed, existed. But today, 8 years after they had mapped the first human genome completely, a human genome can be read for only 35 000 NOK. Much of biotech research is done with computers and machines.
I think life is inadequately protected by law, and that inaction daily deprives 100 000 people who die of what we call “natural causes”. Article 2 does not add that people can be deprived of life from “natural causes” either. No doubt because certain states would argue that “natural causes” include a vast amount of unethical things.
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