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Background

Assume some forward looking and rich person realizes that some day humanity will go to the stars. However, with human life expectancy so low, generation ships possess too many potential sociological pit-falls. This forward looking individual begins a completely voluntary and secret selective breeding program to increase human life expectancy. I imagine it would look like the one in Methuselah's Children.

The essence is, a well-endowed foundation researches living people's blood lines. They look for people with extremely high percentage of very long-lived ancestors and that those ancestors remained "vital" for all or most of their lives.

When they find candidates, the candidate receives a letter indicating they've been selected and it provides details on how to pursue the matter if they are interested.

Male and female candidates receive money for reproducing with another candidate identified by the foundation. If the couple elects to remain together for forming a family and having more than one child, then the financial rewards are much higher than the compensation for simply producing one baby.

Children of such couplings are automatically considered for future pairings and support by the foundation.

You can couple the ideas from Methuselah's Children with those of Richard Dawkins to get your program going faster (basically couples must have their kids after a specified age).

The Situation

The foundation has successfully produced humans whose life expediencies range from 500-1000 years.

Human space travel technology has advanced enough to contemplate sending a ship to another star.

The Question

How does this wealthy, secret, extremely long-lived society of people get invited to fly in the first ships to the stars?

Expanding upon this answer.

Background

Assume some forward looking and rich person realizes that some day humanity will go to the stars. However, with human life expectancy so low, generation ships possess too many potential sociological pit-falls. This forward looking individual begins a completely voluntary and secret selective breeding program to increase human life expectancy. I imagine it would look like the one in Methuselah's Children.

The essence is, a well-endowed foundation researches living people's blood lines. They look for people with extremely high percentage of very long-lived ancestors and that those ancestors remained "vital" for all or most of their lives.

When they find candidates, the candidate receives a letter indicating they've been selected and it provides details on how to pursue the matter if they are interested.

Male and female candidates receive money for reproducing with another candidate identified by the foundation. If the couple elects to remain together for forming a family and having more than one child, then the financial rewards are much higher than the compensation for simply producing one baby.

Children of such couplings are automatically considered for future pairings and support by the foundation.

You can couple the ideas from Methuselah's Children with those of Richard Dawkins to get your program going faster (basically couples must have their kids after a specified age).

The Situation

The foundation has successfully produced humans whose life expediencies range from 500-1000 years.

Human space travel technology has advanced enough to contemplate sending a ship to another star.

The Question

How does this wealthy, secret, extremely long-lived society of people get invited to fly in the first ships to the stars?

Expanding upon this answer.

Background

Assume some forward looking and rich person realizes that some day humanity will go to the stars. However, with human life expectancy so low, generation ships possess too many potential sociological pit-falls. This forward looking individual begins a completely voluntary and secret selective breeding program to increase human life expectancy. I imagine it would look like the one in Methuselah's Children.

The essence is, a well-endowed foundation researches living people's blood lines. They look for people with extremely high percentage of very long-lived ancestors and that those ancestors remained "vital" for all or most of their lives.

When they find candidates, the candidate receives a letter indicating they've been selected and it provides details on how to pursue the matter if they are interested.

Male and female candidates receive money for reproducing with another candidate identified by the foundation. If the couple elects to remain together for forming a family and having more than one child, then the financial rewards are much higher than the compensation for simply producing one baby.

Children of such couplings are automatically considered for future pairings and support by the foundation.

You can couple the ideas from Methuselah's Children with those of Richard Dawkins to get your program going faster (basically couples must have their kids after a specified age).

The Situation

The foundation has successfully produced humans whose life expediencies range from 500-1000 years.

Human space travel technology has advanced enough to contemplate sending a ship to another star.

The Question

How does this wealthy, secret, extremely long-lived society of people get invited to fly in the first ships to the stars?

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Political ramifications of long-lived humans

Expanding upon this answer.

Background

Assume some forward looking and rich person realizes that some day humanity will go to the stars. However, with human life expectancy so low, generation ships possess too many potential sociological pit-falls. This forward looking individual begins a completely voluntary and secret selective breeding program to increase human life expectancy. I imagine it would look like the one in Methuselah's Children.

The essence is, a well-endowed foundation researches living people's blood lines. They look for people with extremely high percentage of very long-lived ancestors and that those ancestors remained "vital" for all or most of their lives.

When they find candidates, the candidate receives a letter indicating they've been selected and it provides details on how to pursue the matter if they are interested.

Male and female candidates receive money for reproducing with another candidate identified by the foundation. If the couple elects to remain together for forming a family and having more than one child, then the financial rewards are much higher than the compensation for simply producing one baby.

Children of such couplings are automatically considered for future pairings and support by the foundation.

You can couple the ideas from Methuselah's Children with those of Richard Dawkins to get your program going faster (basically couples must have their kids after a specified age).

The Situation

The foundation has successfully produced humans whose life expediencies range from 500-1000 years.

Human space travel technology has advanced enough to contemplate sending a ship to another star.

The Question

How does this wealthy, secret, extremely long-lived society of people get invited to fly in the first ships to the stars?