Expanded Maximum Lifespan Hypothesis

First proposed by Helmut Fried and Xian Gregory in 2048, the Expanded Maximum Lifespan Hypothesis (EMLH) makes a range of contentions regarding the possibilities of expanded human lifespans, including the likelihood and effects of lifetimes measured in centuries and even millennia. Its central thesis is that the elongation of life expectancies among Eternity.8 users has been significantly underestimated.

Certain beneficial consequences of extreme longevity are proposed under the hypothesis, most of which are hotly debated if not outright dismissed. Among these are that the effects of Eternalist-specific conditions such as chronopathy will diminish over time as the teleomeric regenerative properties of longevity treatments repairs the neural damage that are presumed to cause them. Another is that deliberate, induced age retardation is impermanent and slows rather than fully halts physiological growth.

At the 2062 United Nations Conference on the Consequences of an Ageless Population, psychologists and health experts from 46 of the 50 most developed nations denounced the EMLH as 'dangerously speculative fantasy', though this has not prevented it from gaining wide popularity amongst Eternalists and their supporters.

- Caleb Wentner

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