philosophy

Why Humans Can Live 100 but not 1000 Years

 

Why is it that humans can’t live for a thousand years? Why is it that mice who are very similar to humans genetically only live two-three years?

Physicist Geoffrey West became deeply interested in the physics of mortality when he entered his fifties and people in his life began to perish. In this video he discusses metabolism, comparing it to a road that breaks down due to wear and tear.

He offers some interesting answers on slowing the ageing such as reducing caloric intake and potential drugs that keep the body cool. But whether human life will ever go beyond 110 years is a question not just of possibility but of desirability. 100 years is long enough!

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2 comments on “Why Humans Can Live 100 but not 1000 Years

  1. Interesting post. Thanks for the share!

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  2. Mortality probably creates morality in many. Imagine what people would actually do to each other if they thought they were never going to die. Of course, I may be wrong about this.

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