Reversible Destiny

Now how am I going to live forever? Since Bernie Madoff ended the dream of transhumanist architects Mr. Arakawa and Ms. Gins (both seem to use only last names), people who want to cheat death through uncomfortable living have few options left. The couple sunk their entire savings into Madoff’s ponzi scheme, and now they have nothing left to continue their business, which was to build “challenging” living spaces to improve the minds and bodies of those living in them in order to stave off the deterioration of old age.

The concept is simple: strangely shaped rooms, uneven floors, and unusual arrangements of accouterments force the brain to constantly reprogram itself to deal with new situations, keeping it young and healthy. The body similarly must become stronger and more flexible to live in a Arakawa house, bending and stretching in novel ways every day to perform even simple tasks. Research supports the theory, but is a few years of longer life worth decades of daily discomfort?

Now, where did I leave that piece of cheese?

Now, where did I leave that piece of cheese?

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