Cause of aging

Joe Lastoria Lastoria at canada.com
Sun Aug 30 21:44:05 EST 1998


On 25 Aug 1998 06:44:32 GMT, sbharris at ix.netcom.com(Steven B. Harris)
wrote:

>individuals due to the two brains.  Thus, brains introduce aging.  It's
>liguistic.  If you grew a new head every 100 years and the old one
>beside it then died, and otherwise you didn't age, would you be
>ageless?   That would all depend on the survival of your memories.
>If they were somehow transfered to the new head, we'd say you were
>ageless (but had really bad dandruff).  If not, we'd say you died and
>your body grew a new head, and a new person.

Although that may be said by many a person, looking at the bigger
picture wouldn't it be true that the genetic structure is immortal and
continues forward?  Regardless of "human societal memories", the
memories of the genes and the cell structures do indeed remain intact,
and carry on...I suppose it depends on  which level we are trying to
define.

>"You" are not your cells, but rather your memories.  The cells may be
>replaced, but if your memories stay intact, "you" survive.  And by
>definition, do not "age" (though you may grow older). 

Just as in the previous example, a new tree is not the old tree
although the "genetics" have indeed replicated themselves and carried
on.

Joe

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