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How to lie about your age and get away with it

Don Ashley dashley at TENET.EDU
Tue Feb 14 07:28:23 EST 1995


If a 28 year old, attractive lady were to present herself on television 
as having contracted progeria (accelerated aging) would people be more 
emotionally moved than if a 78 year old man said he has same prognosis?

If/when lifespans increase to 350+years, there will probably be less 
disparity of emotional reaction to same.  All lives (lifespans) will become 
more prescious to all of us.  

Let's pump up the research on telomerase, the 'immortality' enzyme.


On Tue, 14 Feb 1995, Steve Chambers wrote:

> These questions were posed to me the other day:
> A well-preserved 70 year old man presents himself at hospital, claims 
> he's 60, and has a fake driver's license to prove it.
> (1)	Would any clinician think twice about treating him as if he
> 	was 60? (I thought not.) 
> (2)	Is there any biological or physiological measurement that could
> 	pinpoint his actual age? (I couldn't think of any easy one.)
> A virtual penny for your thoughts?
> -- 
>  ________________________ 
> (I_lurk,_therefore_I_am!_\ ,,,                    Steve Chambers
>                           (o o)   steve at chambers.ak.planet.co.nz
> ----------------------oOO--(_)--OOo-----------------------------

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