The State We're In, 5 May 2012. We meet a researcher who believes death may be conquered in his lifetime. A British DJ recounts the excruciating aversion therapy he went to "cure" him of homosexuality. A Dutch photographer discovers "the world’s most beautiful people". And a former student reweaves the tangled web of lies he told to pass his college internship.
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Author and gerontologist Aubrey de Grey in Cambridge, England believes that ageing is a medical problem that we should solve, and not an existential condition we should endure.
According to him: "We might be able to have more impact on ageing by repairing molecular and cellular damage rather than by merely slowing down the damage."
His controversial work has attracted worldwide attention, but as he tells sceptical host Jonathan Groubert, the technology to eliminate the ageing process may well be within reach.
Aubrey is Chief Science Officer at the SENS Foundation.
As a young man, he underwent excruciating aversion therapy to "treat" his homosexuality.
It took him thirty years to talk about it.
Pete Price talks about a psychiatrist’s painful attempts to "cure" him of his homosexuality.
Polish-Dutch photographer Michel Szulc Krysanowski placed an advert in 10 newspapers, in 10 countries.
It asked people who considered themselves to be "The Most Beautiful People in The World" to contact him.
Exactly what "beautiful" meant was left unexplained.
The results surprised even him.
Read more and see pictures of The world’s most beautiful people.
Emad was ecstatic when he landed a college internship in London.
Unfortunately it fell through after he got there.
So he invented an elaborate set of lies to convince everyone back home that he was doing just fine.
And what a tangled web he wove...