It's well-worth pondering. I'd be delighted to find out what brand of cigars he smoked. Sadly the tobacco industry cannot advertise their products as aids to longevity. Now I got rants in my pants! However, I'll contain myself...but...
But another thing! Why would we have older books, people, cave art or dreams of bygone loved ones if our predecessors were not trying to talk to us? The enigmatic silence of the future, where we have concerns about lives yet to come, disturbs us. We can predict bits of future rarely, but we can sure get a load of the past and that helps, I guess. So I'll close with a question about our status as a species:
Are we an evolutionary expression of sentience, discussion and stewardship of a planet, or simply another historical excrescence?
Mr. Overton's bias toward happiness is at the heart of the science we need.