Who introduced 'WHY' question? (for selling evolutionary theory of aging)
lagavril at midway.uchicago.edu
Mon Jun 16 03:54:22 EST 2003
May I ask your advice on the following issue:
Recently we have encountered with strong arguments
from evolutionary biologists that the evolutionary
theory of aging is superior over all other aging
theories, because the evolutionary theory
is the ultimate 'WHY' theory
(it answers the question 'why' do we age),
in contrast to all other "proximate" aging theories
that can answer only the question 'how' do we age.
I am seeking your advice on the following couple of questions:
(1) Who introduced this 'WHY'-question argument in favor of the
evolutionary theory of aging ?
(2) Are there any published rebuttals to the use of this
'WHY'-question argument in selling the evolutionary theory ?
Your advice would be very, very much appreciated !
Thank you in advance !
-- Leonid Gavrilov
Senior Member of the Science Advisory Board
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