Silicon Valley may soon need to be renamed to Immortal Alley. Last week, Dr. Joon Yun—an interesting combination of radiologist and hedge fund manager—announced the Palo Alto Longevity Prize. Offering a $1 million carrot from his personal wealth, he introduced The Prize by saying, “I feel it’s inevitable that we’re going to solve aging.”
Within one day, teams worldwide were signing up for the race to hack the aging code. Stanford professor James Doty suggested that—through science and technology—people will... Read More
It seems to me that people in centuries past were much more familiar with death up close and personal than we are today. Citizens of Rome watched both animals and people killed before their very eyes. Public crucifixions and other forms of public executions were commonplace. Since there were few if any hospitals, people died in their homes; and everybody, young and old, was in close contact with the dying process. Warfare brings dying close to a civilian population, but... Read More
One of my kids had borrowed a stack of CDs from a friend to listen to. I asked if I could have a look and see what the millennials were listening to these days. I was impressed by the musicianship—gosh, I wish I could play guitar like those guys. But I was saddened by the recurring theme of blood and death. There is a culture of death in today’s music, which means that there is a culture of death in... Read More
British philosopher Thomas Hobbes wrote that the life of man is nasty, brutish, and short. Does that sound awfully crabby and pessimistic?
Not to me. Not today. Today’s newspaper's online edition reported that a state senator had accidentally killed his own grandchild. He was backing his car out of the driveway, and the little girl must have slipped out of the house and run behind the car.
How can a story like that not crush your heart? Those of us... Read More