Who introduced 'WHY' question? (for selling evolutionary theory of aging)

Leonid Gavrilov 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 !

Kind regards,

-- Leonid Gavrilov 
Senior Member of the Science Advisory Board

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