Welcome to my personal website!


JP de Magalhaes


Welcome to my personal website!

I'm a Portuguese scientist and philosopher, a dreamer, and a transhumanist. My work as a researcher focuses on studying the aging process and how we can manipulate it. In addition, I have several hobbies, including composing music and performing stand-up comedy. Please browse around my website to learn more about me, follow me on Twitter for the latest news, or skim through the FAQs.


I am originally from Porto in Portugal but have lived in Belgium and in the US and I'm also of Spanish ancestry. Professionally, I am a Lecturer at the University of Liverpool in England where I research aging. As detailed on my senescence.info website dedicated to the biology of aging, I would ultimately like my work to help people live longer, healthier lives by contributing to cure human aging. My work is further described on my lab's website. I live in Heswall, Wirral, United Kingdom.

I think the human condition is only the beginning of the extraordinary journey of the mind through the universe. Technologies like genetic engineering, stem cells, cybernetics, and nanotechnology will allow us to 'hack' biology and evolve beyond our current human limits. In this sense, I defend that humankind stands a better chance of survival if we understand and employ technology rather than if we try to ban it. May the dreams of today become the future.

Many people tend to see the world as a sea of problems. I see it as a sea of solutions and opportunities waiting to be found. Nonetheless, I know that achieving my goals is mostly a series of disappointments. To quote Winston Churchill: "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

I'm an atheist with a life philosophy merging humanism, utilitarianism, and objectivism. I have a few philosophical essays that present my ideas in more detail:

Music is the light in my soul. I started to play guitar in high school and in 1999 made a symphonic metal demo-album entitled The Legend of Hrothgar. All my songs are available for download in MP3 format.

I'm also an amateur stand-up comedian. You can find some of my humor attempts in my news satire and cartoons sections.

Among my many other hobbies, I must highlight science fiction, football, and computers.

I am always open to suggestions, ideas, and criticisms. Please feel free to contact me.

Thank you for your visit...

Creation date: Circa 1996
Last modified: March 11, 2012

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