Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Gelf event tomorrow night at 7:30 pm!
While the Fountain of Youth has, to our knowledge, not been discovered, man has long tried to imagine a world without death and aging—a quest that has taken in authors and scientists alike. Join Gelf at Pacific Standard on November 17 for an evening with a writer who has imagined a postmortal universe and two researchers who are—if not unlocking the secret to eternal life—at least trying to make aging less unpleasant (and curing some nasty diseases along the way). Our three speakers will Drew Magary, a Varsity Letters alum, Deadspin contributor and author of The Postmortal, a riveting meditation on a world with a cure for death; Aubrey de Grey, a gerontologist and chief science officer of the SENS Foundation, a group that works to promote 'rejuvenation biotechnologies' that could combat aging-related illnesses and, perhaps, aging itself; and Jan Vijg, chair of the genetics department at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an expert on the human genome's relationship to aging and death. Geeking Out will be held Thursday, November 17th, at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm) at Pacific Standard 82 4th Ave (between Bergen St. and St. Marks Pl.) in Brooklyn. There is no admission charge, though your voluntary contribution will help defray the costs for this and other great Gelf events. Drinks will be available. Please spread the word and bring your friends.