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Hourglass: Biology of Aging blog carnival

Wel­come to the 8th edi­tion of Hour­glass, the blog car­ni­val devoted to biogeron­tol­ogy. Enjoy!

Use It or Lose It

Exis­tence is Won­der­ful,
by Anne C.
Nei­ther A Tran­shu­man­ist Nor a “Pes­simist”, And That’s Okay
“I can’t sur­vive cog­ni­tively in envi­ron­ments that force every­thing into false dichotomies, and nobody should feel hurt, slighted, or bit­ter because of my doing what I need to do for the sake of being able to actu­ally use my brain.“
“Just because I think superla­tiv­ity tends to dis­tort dia­logue and make it dif­fi­cult to focus on what can actu­ally be done in the real world does not mean I dis­par­age the power of human imag­i­na­tion or our capac­ity to change things for the better.”

Cog­ni­tive Enhance­ment, Health and Assessments

Ouroboros,
by Chris Patil
Bet­ter think­ing through chem­istry
“I sus­pect that the struc­ture of argu­ments about cog­ni­tive enhance­ment will mir­ror those of future debates regard­ing lifes­pan extension.”
Fight Aging,

by “Rea­son”


A View of the Enhance­ment Debate
“A great many peo­ple grow up with what they know — hav­ing things far bet­ter than their par­ents, despite the efforts of past lud­dites who strived to block advance­ments — and then spend the rest of their lives fight­ing against vision­ar­ies who are try­ing to make things even better.”
Sharp­Brains,
by Alvaro Fernandez
Ten Reflec­tions on Cog­ni­tive Health and Assess­ments
“Cog­ni­tive health is a crit­i­cal fac­tor in over­all health­care, but is often approached in a frag­mented, non-systematic way. We lack of a com­mon frame­work and tax­on­omy to define the prob­lem and iden­tify solu­tions and inter­ven­tions to mea­sure and help main­tain cog­ni­tive health across the lifespan.”

The Ben­e­fits of Caloric Restric­tion Read the rest of this entry »

Education, Biogerontology, HR carnivals

We are host­ing here at Sharp­Brains the next edi­tions of sev­eral great blog car­ni­vals. If you blog about these top­ics, please sub­mit your best recent posts using our Con­tact Us form:

- August 27th: Car­ni­val of Education.

- Sep­tem­ber 9th: Car­ni­val of Biogerontology.

- Sep­tem­ber 17th: Car­ni­val of HR.

Enjoy the  weekend!

Education and the Biology of Aging

Edu­ca­tion, Aging…two seem­ingly unre­lated top­ics, but with more biol­ogy in com­mon than may meet the eye…

You may enjoy the most recent edi­tions of two great blog carnivals:

- Car­ni­val of Edu­ca­tion, hosted by Joanne Jacobs.

- Hour­glass: a car­ni­val of biogeron­tol­ogy, hosted by Chris at Ouroboros. Chris recently launched this blog car­ni­val to pro­vide a home for “blog­gers who are writ­ing about biogeron­tol­ogy, lifes­pan exten­sion tech­nolo­gies, and aging in general.”

Anne writes my favorite post at Exis­tence is Won­der­ful, link­ing education/ learning/ nur­ture with aging.

She first explains that

Many peo­ple use the word “aging” as a short­hand not just for the mere process of get­ting older (which is not only inevitable for every­thing in exis­tence, but some­thing to cel­e­brate — “get­ting older”, after all, means “expe­ri­enc­ing more life”!), but for the phys­i­cal degen­er­a­tion that occurs as meta­bolic, immune, and mechan­i­cal side effects take hold as a per­son ages. Per­son­ally I find this dual use of the word “aging” ter­ri­bly confusing”.

And then adds

We don’t nec­es­sar­ily know what hard lim­its are on longevity until we opti­mize care. I saw a dra­matic turn­around in my fish when I learned how to prop­erly con­fig­ure the tank setup, and I hope to see the day when human med­i­cine makes a sim­i­lar leap in effectiveness”

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