[ExI] Are Limited Lifespans An Evolutionary Adaptation?

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Fri Jun 19 13:36:24 UTC 2015

 Från:   BillK <pharos at gmail.com> 
Yes, it is controversial. All they have is very neat computer
simulations matching ageing to resources.

But as the article points out, there are problems with the two other
theories of why humans age.
The “mutation accumulation” theory, where the repair mechanism wears
out and the “antagonistic pleiotropy” theory, where traits that are
beneficial in early life are detrimental in later life.

Yes, but neither are the leading theory of ageing! The disposable soma theory seems to be the mainstream one. It encompasses limited mutation correction and antagonistic pleiotropy, but goes beyond them. 

Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University

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