Twenty first century science and technology, developed and deployed wisely, has the potential to profoundly enhance human wellbeing. Our health and fitness, in both body and mind, could be far higher than at present. Age-old tendencies to the abuse of power, to emotional depression, to deception and self-deception, to egotism and envy, to wastefulness, to divisiveness, to senility and disease, and to decay and death, could all become things of the past. A radically better future is within our collective grasp. But this future won't arrive without some major shifts in attitude, in priorities, and the allocation of funds and resources.
Society needs the equivalent of a number of Apollo-scale projects, to accelerate the transformation from dangerously unstable situation of the present-day into a future in which the true positive potential of humanity is fulfilled. The focus of the leaders of society needs to change, quickly, towards the very large benefits that science and technology can deliver.
This event features three panellists who each offer their recommendations for political action in support of profoundly enhanced human wellbeing.
== About the speakers ==
Jose Cordeiro is the principal author of the Spanish-language best-selling book "La Muerte de la Muerte", https://lamuertedelamuerte.org/. He is a leading advocate of longevity research and rejuvenation technologies, vice chair of Humanity Plus, director of the Millennium Project, and fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.
Mathieu Gosselin is the newly announced co-leader of the Transhumanist Party UK, http://www.transhumanistparty.org.uk/. He will be describing how the Party is being rebooted in 2019.
David Wood is the author of the new book "Sustainable Superabundance: A universal transhumanist invitation", https://transpolitica.org/projects/abundance-manifesto/.
== Book availability ==
Copies of "La Muerte de la Muerte" will be available for sale at the event to be autographed by the authors. Note that all royalties and author rights for this book are donated to anti-aging scientific research with the SENS Foundation in California and Spain.
== Meeting logistics ==
2pm-4pm, Sat 2nd February 2019.
Venue: Room B18, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.
Room B18 is on the basement level in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.
The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Meeting Place bar in the Royal National Hotel (https://www.imperialhotels.co.uk/en/restaurants-and-bars/the-meeting-place), 38-51 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG.
== Wifi access ==
Wireless network: BBK-Guest
(The username and password are case sensitive. In practise, it seems this wifi system often needs 2-3 attempts to make a successful connection.)
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== Covering meeting costs ==
A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.
(NB you don't need a PayPal account to use the PayPal interface.)
Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)
Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organisers in advance.