Dare to Be 100: Zeke's Premature Extrapolation

October 10, 2014 7:15 PM

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Ezekiel Emanuel's misguided and misinformed article in the current issue of The Atlantic, "Why I Hope to Die at 75," has been met with a wildfire of criticism. To my way of thinking, the rejection is appropriate and worthy. Two central questions arise: How long can we live? and How long should we live?

To me this issue is déjà vu. I was asked a few years ago to participate in a print debate with Dan Callahan who was then president of the Hastings on Hudson Institute on Bioethics. Dan and I were friends. I respected him greatly. I ran with him on the Princeton campus. But he carried the perspective...

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