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What is the goal of ageing research?

Robert Luly luly at netcom.com
Tue Feb 14 23:20:11 EST 1995

:                                Vladimir Litvak   litvak at vms.huji.ac.il

Hi Vladimir
My name is Bob. I was around 30 years ago and this was imagined then, but 
I get your point. A thousand years ago some people wanted magic charriots 
that could cover great distances at great speed and flying carpets that 
could take us to the coluds where we could fly like the birds and a magic 
potient to cure or prevent smallpox so everyone could have complexions 
like a milk maid. These things have all come to pass and and some thought 
it would be bad but I think things are pretty good. Issac Asimov had a 
story called the elevator effect. Before 1850 or so if you asked a 
science fiction writer to imagine the turn of the century (1900) city of 
New York he  would have predicted the city with multi story buildings 
with all the rich people occupying all the lower floors and all the 
poor people having to live on the upper floors and having to climb all 
those stairs. Then, boom, along comes the elevator and turns everything 
upside down. 
Nothing is static. Technology causes many problems to be sure but it also 
can be used to straighten things out. 
Life on the planet is more complex but better today (IMHO). It seems 
that as soon as you think you have things pretty well figured out, along 
comes someone with something new that might force you to have to change your 
plans. From an evolutionary standpoint it seems we need a delayed 
puberity now and more time to learn how we can fit in our surroundings. 
(we didn't need this a 1000 years ago). Then an extended adulthood to take 
care of the next generation.
Intersting topic.
R. Luly

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