There are a lot of things Peter Theil doesn’t like: Nick Denton, for instance. Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. And, evidently, his own mortality. The thought of dying seems to terrify him even though life, as they say, only has meaning via death.
A deep dive into the 48-year-old now out & proud gay Republican’s not-so-distant past by Vanity Fair takes a look at his nearly decade-long obsession with living forever. Or at least living for a really, really, really long time.
Seven years ago, Thiel wrote an op-ed in Cato Unbound, an online libertarian journal, explaining his opposition to death: “I stand against confiscatory taxes, totalitarian collectives, and the ideology of the inevitability of the death of every individual.”
Then two years ago, he opened up to Bloomberg TV about his plans to live to be at least 120 years old thanks to a magical human-growth hormone pill he was taking. “It helps maintain muscle mass, so you’re much less likely to get bone injuries, arthritis,” he claimed.
Now, it seems he’s considering a new tactic: Injecting himself with the blood of young people.
Inc. magazine just published a year-old interview with Thiel in which the Silicon Valley billionaire discusses parabiosis. (If you don’t know what that is, Google defines it as “the anatomical joining of two individuals, especially artificially in physiological research.”) In Thiel’s case, he’s talking about transfusing the blood of a younger person into the body of an older person in an effort to possibly reverse the affects of aging.
“I’m looking into parabiosis stuff, which I think is really interesting,” he explained. “This is where they did the young blood into older mice and they found that had a massive rejuvenating effect. And so that’s . . . that is one that . . . again, it’s one of these very odd things where people had done these studies in the 1950s and then it got dropped altogether. I think there are a lot of these things that have been strangely under-explored.”
Hmmm. We’re pretty sure both Queen Elizabeth I and Madam LaLurie tried this already, and it didn’t work out well for either of them.
Maybe the third time’s the charm?