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Aging by Design: How New Thinking on Aging Will Change Your Life
     

Aging by Design: How New Thinking on Aging Will Change Your Life

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by Theodore Goldsmith
 

Why do we age? How do we age? These questions have baffled scientists for centuries and remain unresolved. The answer to the “how” question is critical to our ability to successfully prevent and treat age-related diseases like cancer and heart disease that now cause the majority of all deaths in the developed world. Because of major difficulties in

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Why do we age? How do we age? These questions have baffled scientists for centuries and remain unresolved. The answer to the “how” question is critical to our ability to successfully prevent and treat age-related diseases like cancer and heart disease that now cause the majority of all deaths in the developed world. Because of major difficulties in experimentally determining causes of aging, the answer to the “why” question is critical to guiding research efforts directed toward identifying and altering processes involved in age-related diseases.
Evolution theory plays a critical role in determining why we age because it attempts to explain why each living organism has its particular design and therefore why different species display different aging characteristics and different life spans.
This short book describes the history and current status of attempts to explain why we age extending from Darwin’s 1859 theory to the present. The author provides colorful and interesting descriptions of the theorists, their theories, the discoveries and the controversies that have led us to the current situation: Although there is very wide scientific agreement about most aspects of evolution theory, four different theories now exist concerning the fine details that apply to aging. These four theories lead to radically different concepts regarding the actual biological mechanisms behind the aging process and consequently the mechanisms behind age-related diseases.
The book goes on to discuss observations and experiments that offer clues as to the nature of biological aging mechanisms. These include apparently non-aging animals, worm experiments, rat blood-exchange experiments, caloric restriction experiments, octopus experiments, and the discovery of genes that cause aging.
Goldsmith then leads us through an analysis that concludes that programmed aging is the aging theory that best matches all of the direct evidence and current status of the evolution theories,. We age because we are designed to age. We are designed to age because a limited life span conveys an evolutionary benefit. Most current medical researchers believe in non-programmed aging and much of the evidence for programmed aging comes from non-human sources. If the programmed theory of biological aging, first proposed in 1882, is indeed correct, it has major implications regarding the way we think about and seek to prevent or treat age-related diseases. It also suggests that it may well be possible in the relatively near term to generally delay the aging process. Which theory is correct could therefore greatly affect many people now alive! The book describes some current aging researchers, research activities, and results.
A final question is discussed: How could we be living in the twenty-first century and still not have scientific agreement on even the fundamental nature of aging? The author suggests that several non-science factors including the sequence in which various theories were developed and the perception that the issue was academic have influenced thinking and delayed the development of scientific agreement.
ISBN: 978-0-9788709-3-5 illustrated, 70 pages
Revised 5-2014

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BN ID:
2940032812173
Publisher:
Azinet Press
Publication date:
10/11/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
421,219
File size:
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Aging by Design: How New Thinking on Aging Will Change Your Life 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the middle-school student reported, this book is not suitable for middle-school students. However, if you got at least a "B" in high-school biology and are interested in theories as to why and how we age, this is an excellent short book. Most people think of evolution theory as either a scientific "fact" or totally invalid for religious reasons. This book summarizes decades of scientific arguments about some obscure details of evolution theory and shows how these details completely define theories of biological aging. It goes on to say how the differing theories have very different predictions for the future of medicine, particularly in the way that we treat or prevent age-related diseases such as cancer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was that middlle-school student and I do suggest this book for high school biology. I actually took the time to inform myself with this advanced information, I am in the 6th grade and my science teacher was actually shocked of what she had heard. She wanted me to represent our school in the indivual science olympaid. I honestly thought this book was OK and like I typed earlier I suggest this book for high school students, thank you for your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why do we age? How do we age? These questions have baffled scientists for centuries and remain unresolved. The answer to the ¿how¿ question is critical to our ability to successfully prevent and treat age-related diseases like cancer and heart disease that now cause the majority of all deaths in the developed world. Because of major difficulties in experimentally determining causes of aging, the answer to the ¿why¿ question is critical to guiding research efforts directed toward identifying and altering processes involved in age-related diseases. Evolution theory plays a critical role in determining why we age because it attempts to explain why each living organism has its particular design and therefore why different species display different aging characteristics and different life spans. This short book describes the history and current status of attempts to explain why we age extending from Darwin¿s 1859 theory to the present. The author provides colorful and interesting descriptions of the theorists, their theories, the discoveries and the controversies that have led us to the current situation: Although there is very wide scientific agreement about most aspects of evolution theory, four different theories now exist concerning the fine details that apply to aging. These four theories lead to radically different concepts regarding the actual biological mechanisms behind the aging process and consequently the mechanisms behind age-related diseases. The book goes on to discuss observations and experiments that offer clues as to the nature of biological aging mechanisms. These include apparently non-aging animals, worm experiments, rat blood-exchange experiments, caloric restriction experiments, octopus experiments, and the discovery of genes that cause aging. Goldsmith then leads us through an analysis that concludes that programmed aging is the aging theory that best matches all of the direct evidence and current status of the evolution theories,. We age because we are designed to age. We are designed to age because a limited life span conveys an evolutionary benefit. Most current medical researchers believe in non-programmed aging and much of the evidence for programmed aging comes from non-human sources. If the programmed theory of biological aging, first proposed in 1882, is indeed correct, it has major implications regarding the way we think about and seek to prevent or treat age-related diseases. It also suggests that it may well be possible in the relatively near term to generally delay the aging process. Which theory is correct could therefore greatly affect many people now alive! The book describes some current aging researchers, research activities, and results. A final question is discussed: How could we be living in the twenty-first century and still not have scientific agreement on even the fundamental nature of aging? The author suggests that several non-science factors including the sequence in which various theories were developed and the perception that the issue was academic have influenced thinking and delayed the development of scientific agreement.
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This book is recommended for anyone who has a personal interest in why aging occurs coming from several points of view and explaining why the author favors theories of programmed aging. Since Mr. Goldsmith does not limit his explanations to his viewpoint alone, Aging by Design gives a well-rounded presentation with solid documentation and references.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book on an inquires about the topic. Incidently, my apologies N.S. but we did not evolve from monkeys as you proclaimed, but rather speciated geographically from our common ancestor approximately 5.6 million years ago when our exceptionally short 2 and 3 chromosones fused into a significantly longer chromosone 2. We still only differ from them by two percent. How do you justify that? G.O. age 13, attending m
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waste of time
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If in the beginning, there was nothing, where did god come from, religious people? Why would he make us, what does his plan accomplish, and why does he not answer prayers. I only wish I could convey my thoughts to words better. Either way, goodbye! -Haleigh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this book but I do not believe that we evolved from monkies. GOD made us. It says in the bible in Genesis 2:7, "And the LORD GOD formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." I personally do NOT like how people say that we were made out of monkies. Just because monkies and humans have similar characteristics doesn't mean that we were made out of them. GOD Bless all of you and never leave GOD. Always have Him in your hearts. P.S. I'm Christian, that's why I wrote all that stuff. † N.S.†