There Will be Blood

This story was so good, so weird, we couldn’t pass it up.

Peter Thiel, the billionaire tech investor, co-founder of PayPal, vindictive destroyer of Gawker, Donald Trump delegate, Bilderberg attendee and other questionable behaviors, wants to live forever. And he thinks a regularly scheduled transfusion of young people’s blood into his aging body is the way to do it.

That was the story this week from Inc. magazine, which dug into Thiel’s investments of millions into startups working on anti-aging medicine, and spends “spends considerable time and money researching therapies for his personal use, and believes society ought to open its mind to life-extension methods that sound weird or unsavory.”

Unsavory? That’s as intriguing as it is creepy. Especially as the article turns to talk of “parabiosis,” the transfusion of young’ people’s blood into the veins of the old, and Thiel’s acknowlegment that he is actively pursuing the technology that makes it real. 

The Inc. story also introduces Jason Camm, the chief medical officer at Thiel Capital, who expressed interest in what the company was doing. Camm is an osteopath and "Personal Health Director to Peter Thiel ... and a number of other prominent Silicon Valley business leaders and investors," according to his professional LinkedIn profile. "He enables his clients to...increase their prospects for Optimal Health and significant Lifespan Extension."

So far, parabiosis has allegedly worked on rats, but we’ll spare you the cheap shot analogy. Though, beyond rats, the vampire equation is just sitting there. But what’s most interesting to us is the question of why someone is so afraid of dying. Perhaps nothing more than a lack of belief in any kind of afterlife. Or maybe it’s something else.