[ExI] Perception of age

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Thu May 28 08:49:57 UTC 2015

I have read science fiction where people wear jewelry to give clues to
their chronological age.  I remember a sf novel where anyone older than a
few centuries, risked public displeasure if they got romantically involved
with anyone under 70.  Before then, you were just not seen as having enough
life experience to date an "elder"


On Wed, May 27, 2015 at 6:10 AM, David Lubkin <lubkin at unreasonable.com>

> This morning I'm thinking about how old I perceive someone to be, relative
> to me.
> The young teacher I had a crush on who turns out to be the same age as
> someone I later dated. The friend I thought was a little younger than me
> who turns out is young enough to be my kid. The parent and grown child who
> I'm separately friends with, both of whom feel like contemporaries.
> Seems to me this is all an artifact of the sliver of history we live in.
> When life was rougher, the marks of age were more obvious. As life
> extension continues, we won't expect outward signs to be useful. We equally
> may not even notice the age gap between lovers Chris (age 250) and Jesse
> (age 170), except to sniff that those young people should keep it in their
> kilts at the dinner table.
> -- David.
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