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Founder and Research & Development director of MetaIntegral, Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, one of the curators of Plenae’s content, had one of the most important missions during the platform’s launching event in São Paulo, in May. He had to explain to the audience how and why the portal was created.
The objective is to disseminate information in a democratic manner on how to live a longer and healthier life at any age. “We found so much information about the topic that it became necessary to show the connection between them,” said Esbjörn-Hargens upon taking the stage during the platform’s launching event.
Sean exhibited an infographic produced by Singularity University, which reproduced an 810-page document on Longevity in 2017. It identified 600 entities that study the subject, such as laboratories, websites, books and organizations that encompass all sorts of research. The challenge faced by Abilio Diniz’ team, mentor of the portal, is big.

Another challenge was to seek/identify connections between this information. Sean pointed out a few:

  1. Supercentenarians rarely live beyond 115 years. Today, this is the survival limit of the body, but this is changing.

  2. Some animals do not age. They die by becoming food for other living beings or if they become ill. Such is the case with jellyfish.

  3. In some categories, people are dying at an older age, while others at a younger age.

  4. People who win the Nobel Peace Prize, in any category, live one or two years longer when compared to non-winners.

  5. Attitudes in relation to aging are more important than dieting and exercising for extending life.

  6. Friends – not just family – increase life expectancy.

  7. More schooling represents a bonus in life years.

  8. Women live longer than men.

  9. In the next 35 years, there will be twice as many people 65+ years old on the planet.

  10. Today, people live longer, but the majority suffers from chronic diseases.

  11. More sex means more longevity.

  12. After you’re 25 years old, sitting down and watching TV reduces life by 22 minutes for every hour watched.

  13. People who go to church live longer.

“There are many factors from different areas that impact longevity. We need to integrate them. This is why we created Planae,” said Sean to the audience. Before setting up his own company, MetaIntegral, the curator was president of the Department of Integral Theory and director of the Integral Research Center at John F. Kennedy University. It’s a field that attempts to encompass all areas – psychology, philosophy, science, human development and dozens of other fields – to understand humanity.
Today, Plenae has dozens of articles broken down into four levels of complexity: general (publications from other portals), professional, academic and research. The knowledge that’s been made available was divided into six intrinsically connected pillars with the goal of promoting healthy aging.

The six pillars

  1. Body

  2. Mind

  3. Relationships

  4. Spirit/Faith

  5. Context

  6. Purpose

“One of our objectives was also to discover how he would translate this information into brief suggestions for changing life habits, that could help people adopt collaborative attitudes for healthy aging.” We know that this information impacts the way people think and act and can cause important changes in the day-to-day of people who visit the portal.
“When I began working on the platform, I was exposed to a series of studies. So, I asked my wife how old she expects to be when she dies. She answered: ‘90’. From the research I’ve read, her expectation is less than what it actually is today. Today, my generation can live up to 120. My daughters, in turn, can reach 150. This made my wife change her mindset,” said Sean.